Teaching Younger Learners Teaching Children Poster Session
Reflecting on Relationships in the Changing Classroom
The main goal of language learning is undoubtedly social. We all have a strong desire to connect with others in meaningful ways, sharing experiences, exchanging information, or collaborating. Apart from language skills, connecting with others in meaningful ways requires intrinsic motivation, self efficacy, social and emotional intelligence and other traits or states that make up interpersonal competence. This presentation discusses key issues affecting relationship building and communication through storytelling, collaborative video projects, and interactive presentations.
Andrew is a coordinator of the English Program at Aoyama Gakuin University. His research interests include Intercultural Communication, Materials Design and Media Literacy. He has a PhD in Applied Linguistics and teaches classes on Communication, Comparative Culture and Media Studies. He is from Vancouver, Canada and enjoys cycling, nature and all adventures big and small.
Natsuki Suzuki teaches several public elementary schools in Tokyo and is on the cusp of being awarded her master’s degree from the English Department of Aoyama Gakuin University. She researches the type and nature of motivation that is most effective for supporting children’s successful learning, both in the classroom and beyond. Her research interest also includes storytelling, music and magic as ways to teach, inspire and make children smile.