Dear fellow language professionals and techies,
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SenseiOnline presents 25th Benkyoukai (Study Forum)
Shun Ito "Taking Gold Fish Out Into the Open Seas: Implementing Network
Teaching in a Japanese College Classroom"
August 3rd (Saturday), 2002 at 8am Japan
August 2nd (Friday) 1pm Hawaii, 4pm PDT, 6pm CDT, 7pm EDT, 11pm GMT
August 3rd (Saturday) Sydney 9am, if this calculation is correct. To be
sure, please go to Timezone Converter
For about 50 minutes
Whos is the invited speaker?
Shun Ito or Shunichiro Ito
Aoyama Gakuin College
Occidental College, BA Economics
University of California at Los Angeles, MA Economics
Retired from Japan Air Lines
Advisor, Intage Corp., marketing research firm
Lecturer, Bunkyo Gakuin College: Business Communications, Internet English
Short description of the presentation
Putting NBLT (Network-based Language Teaching)* into Practice
Structural learning originated in UK has not been successful in Japan -
Drills oriented class work is a long way to LL. Putting drills on
computers or Internet did not improve its effectiveness much. Using
Internet resources for authentic exploratory tasks and NBC (network-based
communication) for authentic interaction, referred to as NBLT, is a far
better and perhaps quicker way to communicative competence. Considering
the leaning style of majority of Japanese learners leaning heavily toward
"Global Type," communicative approach with NBLT may revolutionize
Japanese EFL teaching if widely adopted. Currently, high school and
college teachers prefer to stay in a Gold Fish Bowl of gakko eigo that
can exist only in classrooms. Ito is advocating students as well as
teachers jump out of the fish bowl and swim into the Open Seas of
authentic tasks and interaction in entirely English language environment.
For one thing it costs much less than "home stay" immersion.
* Kern and Warschauer, Network Based Language Teaching, 2000
What is going to happen?
Ito sensei's paper in Japanese is at
His Conceptural Diagram in English can be accessed through:
Please follow links where it says
- Conceptural Diagram - BASE, WEP, NBC, Learning Style
So read the paper above and go to TAPPED IN. There, you will be able to
discuss this topic with Ito sensei and others from around the world. TAPPED IN
is open to everybody and the presentation will be done in English.
TAPPED IN is letting us use their space. Please go to
for detailed Guest log in info. No sign up necessary. Please log in a
few minutes early to get used to the environment or do practice before
the actual session.
Can I use Japanese?
TAPPED IN can't show Japanese even if user computer is Japanese capable.
If I can't attend? If I am too sleepy?
The log of the event will be kept in After School Online Room at TAPPED
IN and TAPPED IN members can retrieve it anytime. For non-members of
TAPPED IN, please write to Keiko Schneider.
Please send any question to the Manager of senseiOnline at
I look forward to seeing you all!
Keiko Schneider (kschnei@...
Online Academic Conferences Chair, WAOE http://waoe.org
HelpDesk volunteer at TAPPED IN: http://www.tappedin.org