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August 01, 2010

The three plenary speakers at this year's JALT conference intend to lead conference-goers outside the box

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The three headliners at JALT2010, which will be held in Nagoya from November 19th to the 22nd, intend to lead conference-goers outside… “outside the box”, that is. All three plenary speeches acknowledge new directions and approaches for design and implementation of language teaching.

Alan Maley, Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, will give a talked called “The art and artistry of language teaching”. The speech will center on Maley’s notion of an “alternative paradigm based on an aesthetic view of education”. Learn more about Alan through his blog, which includes a video interview from the British Council.

Nicky Hockly, Director of Pedagogy for The Consultants-E, is an expert in the field of teaching with technology. This expanding niche in the field of language teaching will be on display during Nicky’s talk titled “Five ways to integrate technology into language teaching”. Teachers will take away practical examples of technology use in the language classroom. Nicky has lots of innovative tech ideas on her blog

.Tim Murphey, Professor at Kanda University of International Studies, will deliver a plenary speech focusing on ways teachers organize, support and scaffold activities and materials in order to empower students. Murphey refers to this as “agencying…creatively scaffolding students’ languaging abilities”. Several academic articles and teacher training videos are available at Tim’s website.

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