2017 Gwangju Conference Presentation Page

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Presentation Schedule

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PLENARY SESSION (Dr. Eric Reynolds)

1:20ㅡ1:50 Technological Advances Require Great Teachers: You Take the High Road; I'll Take the Low!
ㅡ Room 835

Pre-conference Reflective Practice Workshop
10:30ㅡ12:00 Mindfully Managing Life in an Increasingly Connected World (Jocelyn Wright)
ㅡ Room 81D

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

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ㅡ Room 811
Technology Strand

2:00ㅡ2:45 Language Teaching Using Digital Resources on SMART Notebook Software (Angela Jeannette)
3:00ㅡ3:45 Google's Influence on ELT in the Classroom and Beyond (Tyson Vieira)
4:00ㅡ4:45 Students' Perceptions on the Use of Praxis Ed as a Tool in Enhancing Vocabulary Development (Sherro Lee A. Lagrimas)
5:00ㅡ5:25 Ready, Set, Flip: A Glance at Flipped Classroom Pedagogy (Jared Dela Paz)

ㅡ Room 812
General ELT Strand

2:00ㅡ2:45 Pronunciation: Identifying Difficulties in the Korean English Learner (Vanessa Reid)
3:00ㅡ3:20 (20 min.) The IOT of ELT (Jocelyn Wright)
3:25ㅡ3:45 (20 min.) Smartphones in the Classroom (Cara Scott)
4:00ㅡ4:45 The Power in the Chunk (Amanda Maitland)
5:00ㅡ5:45 Where Your Students Are Coming From, and to Where You Can Lead Them (Doug Baumwoll)

ㅡ Room 813
Research / General Strand

2:00ㅡ2:45 The Meditating Effect of Cultural Capital: Relationship Between Parents' Socio-economic Status & Adolescent Activity Competency (Mi Ok "Angela" Park)
3:00ㅡ3:20 (20 min.) "The Enemy of Creativity": Cultivating Creative Skills in the L2 Classroom (Jessamine Price)
3:25ㅡ3:45 (20 min.) Exploring Teacher Beliefs and Classroom Practices Through Reflective Practice: A Case Study (Jessica Ives)
4:00ㅡ4:45 Growing into Group Debate via Speech Presentations (Yeon-seong Park)
5:00ㅡ5:45 ISD Meets SJ: How to Create Instructional Plans for Social Justice in the Classroom (Maria Lisak)

ㅡ Room 814
Professional Development / SLA Strand

2:00ㅡ2:45 Teaching Career 2.0: Strategies for Success (Daniel Svoboda)
3:00ㅡ3:45 How Florida State Standards, K-pop, and Overwatch Helped Level Up My Students (Zon Petilla)
4:00ㅡ4:45 How Does Language Learning Take Place? How Should Languages Be Taught? (Daniel Corks)
5:00ㅡ5:45 Reconsidering SLA Theories: Which Is Best for NS Instructors and Their Students? (Kevin Dieter)


Presentation Abstracts & Presenter Biodata

PLENARY SESSION

1:20ㅡ1:50
Technological Advances Require Great Teachers: You Take the High Road; I'll Take the Low!
ㅡ Dr. Eric Reynolds

  My Facebook newsfeed is alive with news posts under headlines like: “15 Hot Edtech Trends for 2017” or “Technology won’t fix our neediest schools. It makes bad education worse.” I am sure many of you are asking the same question: Well, which is it?  

While we live in a world where the velocity of technological change continues to accelerate, increasingly, research is showing that teaching with technology is not in itself a magic bullet. What are we to do?  In this plenary, let’s explore five things both the “Techie” and the “Luddite” alike need to know in order to thrive in our Korean EFL classrooms.

ㅡ Know yourself
ㅡ Know your resources
ㅡ Know your team
ㅡ Know your students
ㅡ Know your goals

By exploring each of these chunks of unique knowledge about ourselves and our TESOL environment, I am certain we will each find a path of minimal resistance and maximal success in our increasingly connected world!

The Plenary Speaker

Eric Reynolds has been a world traveler for EFL. As a kid and student, he lived and traveled all over the United States. Fortunately for KOTESOL, but somewhat unfortunately for his family and friends, his wanderlust was unsatisfied in America. Consequently, he became an EFL teacher, and lived and taught in “a bunch” of countries including Japan, Bulgaria, Tajikistan, and now Korea. He holds a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and is the department head of the TESOL–MALL MATESOL program at Woosong University in Daejeon. Nearing the end of his first decade in Korea, he’s been active in KOTESOL from the start and wishes to thank Gwangju–Jeonnam Chapter for the honor of being the conference plenary speaker.
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Pre-conference Reflective Practice Workshop

10:30ㅡ12:00
Mindfully Managing Life in an Increasingly Connected World
ㅡ Jocelyn Wright
The world is becoming increasingly connected and complex. Rapid technological advancements, especially in information and communications, are revolutionizing all aspects of our lives: personally, professionally, and otherwise. Along with the numerous benefits come justifiable concerns. This current global reality has many implications for all of us as members of the educational community.

The theme of this year’s Gwangju–Jeonnam KOTESOL Regional Conference focuses on these. Thus, in our pre-conference reflective practice session, we will explore this dynamic state of affairs and identify some of the advantages and inconveniences we derive from it. After this, we will discuss ways in which we can mindfully engage further in our work as a result of the changes in progress and effectively manage the new challenges.

The Presenter

Jocelyn Wright works in the Department of English Language and Literature at Mokpo National University, where she has been teaching for over eight years. Her educational background is in the areas of linguistics and education. She is the coordinator for the KOTESOL Gwangju–Jeonnam Reflective Practice Special Interest Group and also coordinates the national Social Justice (Critical Educators in Korea) SIG.
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CONCURRENT SESSIONS

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Technology Strand ㅡ

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2:00ㅡ2:45
Language Teaching Using Digital Resources on SMART Notebook Software
ㅡ Angela Jeannette
  Even without an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) physically present in the classroom, the software behind it can still prove useful. Together with digital teaching materials, this software provides advantages for interactive lessons, especially for visualization and focusing attention. The initial portion of the presentation will concentrate on features of the software, short examples from levels A1 through B2, and legal aspects of using digitized materials. After that, participants can experiment on their own laptops to create sample exercises.
Please note: As the presenter is a teacher of German, examples will include German language material from her lessons.
Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and, if possible, to install the 45-day free trial version of SMART Notebook in advance: https://education.smarttech.com/en/products/notebook/download#students

The Presenter

Angela Jeannette is currently an assistant professor in the Department of German at Chosun University, Gwangju. She spent almost two decades working for Germany’s two official institutions for culture and academic contact: the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Goethe-Institute. Her experiences include teaching and administering examinations, as well as handling teaching materials development, language class administration, and quality management.
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3:00ㅡ3:45
Google's Influence on ELT in the Classroom and Beyond

ㅡ Tyson Vieira
 Google Translate is the most popular translating system worldwide. With excessive use of translators, students often hinder their L2 skills development, commonly submitting work showing obvious signs of translator usage. Google recently announced their system is closer “to human speech with proper grammar.” This makes Google a recognizable force in the future of ELT, affecting teaching methodology, classroom management, student motivation and more. This workshop presentation will start by looking into Google Translate’s current features and long-term goals that will impact ELT. Then we will observe supporting arguments both for and against translators in class. Later, we will examine classroom activities using translators while alternatively exploring ways to encourage students not to be dependent on them as well.

The Presenter

Tyson Vieira works at Kyungnam University as an English assistant professor. For three years, he worked for the Jeollanamdo Language Program (JLP). He earned his MA in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University in California and his CELTA through International House in Thailand. He also served as the RP-SIG co-facilitator and member-at-large for the Gwangju–Jeonnam Chapter.
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4:00ㅡ4:45
Students' Perceptions on the Use of Praxis Ed as a Tool in Enhancing Vocabulary Development

ㅡ Sherro Lee A. Lagrimas
  Technology has paved the way for English language learning to be easier and more accessible with a variety of multimedia resources. One of the language tools available online for the classroom are the internet-based vocabulary learning programs. Such programs provide collocations of words, reading and listening exercises, and production practice through word recall and spelling. This presentation will show the results of a study conducted to reveal the perceptions of 400 students in a Korean university in terms of a vocabulary program’s usefulness, level of difficulty, application, and whether or not they would recommend it to other learners. It will also include a demonstration of how this vocabulary program, Praxis Ed, works for both teachers and students.

The Presenter

Sherro Lee Arellano-Lagrimas has MA degrees in TESOL and in English language education, and a post-graduate diploma in TESOL. Currently an assistant professor in Korea Nazarene University (KNU), she has conducted workshops and presented papers at Seoul KOTESOL and PKETA conferences. Her main interests are in ESP, curriculum development and materials preparation, teaching principles, and methodology.
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5:00ㅡ5:25
Ready, Set, Flip: A Glance at Flipped Classroom Pedagogy
ㅡ Jared Dela Paz
  Traditional methods of teaching are here to stay, but in this age where technological change is as fast as you change your phone, the teaching community should be aware and equipped to adapt to this trend. With the right method and utilizing the technology that we currently have, educators can create a thriving environment where we break free from the traditional and flip the classroom. This presentation aims to provide information about the flipped classroom and see if it is the right path for your class. The second part of the presentation focuses in introducing Edmodo as a learning management system (LMS) and how to start a virtual space where students and teachers can interact and access resources at their leisure.

The Presenter

Jared Dela Paz has been teaching English conversation for nine years at Lincoln House Gwangju, which is an alternative school at Bongseon-dong. Although, by profession he is a licensed nurse in the Philippines, he has shifted his career and turned to teaching EFL in Korea. Currently, he is actively working with IYF (International Youth Fellowship) English Village through camps and English speech contests nationwide.
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General ELT Strand ㅡ

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2:00ㅡ2:45
Pronunciation: Identifying Difficulties in the Korean English Learner

ㅡ Vanessa Reid
 In this talk, Vanessa will discuss common English pronunciation errors made by Koreans outside of the usual phoneme errors like f/p, b/v., etc. Often we hear a problem but are unsure of its root. During her talk, Vanessa will compare Korean and English pronunciation to try and create awareness in teachers about why Koreans make the errors that they do. Some areas of focus include adding extra vowels, consonant blends, and intonation. As well, she will offer some general tips about how to approach these problems in the classroom. This talk is suitable for all levels from kindergarten to adult learners.

The Presenter

Vanessa Reid hails from Canada and began her journey in Korea in 2005, fresh out of university, looking for a travel experience that would also earn her some money. She has been working at the Jeollanamdo Education Training Institute (JETI), in Damyang, as a teacher trainer since 2010. She teaches Pronunciation Skills, and Methodology and Microteaching Skills to Korean English teachers working in Jeollanamdo. Aside from her work at JETI, Vanessa is also married and has two young daughters, both born here in Gwangju.
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3:00ㅡ3:20 (20 min.)
The IOT of ELT
ㅡ Jocelyn Wright
 We are used to hearing people talk about “smart” this and “smart” that, but these days all the buzz is about the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The IoT is now being applied to industries as vast as manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, healthcare, financial services, and entertainment. However, it is only starting to be discussed in education. Thus, in this short presentation, I will introduce the concept, provide basic historical context, and give examples of the principal ways that it is having (and is expected to have) an impact on learning, teaching, and school environments. If you are not yet familiar with this term, this presentation will help raise your awareness about its ubiquitous nature.  

The Presenter

Jocelyn Wright works in the Department of English Language and Literature at Mokpo National University, where she has been teaching for over eight years. Her educational background is in the areas of linguistics and education. She is increasingly interested in cross-disciplinary projects that apply concepts and innovations from other fields to English language teaching.
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3:25ㅡ3:45 (20 min.)
Smartphones in the Classroom
ㅡ Cara Scott
  Technology has become an essential part of even the most basic routine activities of individuals. This point is most arguably proven true by smartphones.  Smartphones have become a necessary and trusted companion traveling with us almost everywhere helping us to navigate tasks both big and small.

Instructors in the 21st century find themselves facing a changing landscape. As modern educators, we try to use technology as a tool to enhance student learning while also being wary of it becoming an unnecessary distraction in the classroom. Smartphones are often the biggest perpetuator of these distractions, but can they be used by educators as an educational tool?  This presentation will look at some of the possible benefits of using smartphones as tools for learning.

The Presenter

Cara Scott was born and raised in Washington State in the United States and attended Central Washington University. She has lived and worked in South Korea since 2012, teaching students ranging from elementary to university. For the past two years, Cara has worked at Chonnam National University in Gwangju.
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4:00ㅡ4:45
The Power in the Chunk

ㅡ Amanda Maitland
  This work shop will describe and discuss the theory and importance of lexical chunking and would be suitable for teachers who work at all levels of English teaching. The workshop will also provide a number of fun and useful activities where lexical chunking is encouraged that can form whole lessons and warm ups. Lexical chunking activities encourage teachers and learners to move away from teaching lexis and collocations as single items. Lexical chunking has been developed from the lexical approach. It aims at stimulating the production of fluent accurate English by highlighting collections of words that act almost as “one”. In other words strings of words that can’t usually be changed easily when they occur together in a sentence. It is the idiomatic nature of these lexical chunks that can cause non native speakers problems. 

Teaching language in lexical chunks allows students to reproduce correct word partnerships and avoid the errors created by the learning of faulty chunks. It increases register stability and text cohesion. Chunking also provides the opportunity for multiple storage: thus providing strong associations to enable easier recall and reproduction.       

The Presenter

Amanda Maitland works as Head teacher, Life Coach and Teacher Trainer for a college in Jinan China. She has many years of experience in curriculum design and teacher training for universities in the United Kingdom, South Korea, Malaysia and China. She has an MA in ELT and Applied Linguistics and a Psych D. in Forensic Psychology. She is published in the fields of Reading, Classroom Management and Psychology.
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5:00ㅡ5:45
Where Your Students Are Coming From, and to Where You Can Lead Them

ㅡ Doug Baumwoll
  In the first part, I will summarize, nonjudgmentally, a typical Korean student’s language-learner history. Do you know, specifically, what your students’ public school and hagwon experiences were like? How about the Suneung college entrance exam? By becoming more aware of your students’ past experience, you can better design realistic and useful CLA course objectives/outcomes.

In the second part, I will deal with how can you best lead your students down the path to being more fluent, accurate, confident, and independent language users. In my experience, the answer is simple: teach word order and basic grammar. How? Check out the worksheets I’ve designed, exercises I use, and key websites for materials design (e.g., word order sentence scramble, cloze, parts of speech).

The Presenter

Douglas Baumwoll is a government education officer, who trains in-service public school English teachers. Formerly, as an English Department faculty member at a teachers’ college in Korea, he taught integrated skills lessons, as well as 800 hours of writing classes. He redesigned many department courses and introduced varied new ones. Mr. Baumwoll has also taught public elementary, middle, and high school students in Korea.
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Research / General Strand ㅡ

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2:00ㅡ2:45
The Meditating Effect of Cultural Capital: Relationship Between Parents' Socio-economic Status & Adolescent Activity Competency

ㅡ Mi Ok "Angela" Park
  This presentation describes the relationship between parental socio-economic status (SES) and adolescent activity competency. Quantitative research methods were used to analyze data generated through 548 surveys conducted on high school students from three different types of schools: public schools, private schools, and specialized schools. Key variables were parental socio-economic status as an independent variable, cultural capital as a mediating variable, and adolescent activity competency as a dependent variable. Based on the research results, the Gwangju Youth International Center opened on February 4. It includes English activities such as Korean traditional games in English, a one-to-one language exchange program, and an English café program, which will be shared.

The Presenter

Mi Ok “Angela” Park received her MA in English language and literature from Chonnam National University in 2010 and her PhD in social work from Chonbuk National University this year. Her main areas of interest are youth competency, playing in English, and cultural experience abroad. Dr. Park is the director of the newly established Gwangju Youth International Center.
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3:00ㅡ3:20 (20 min.)
"The Enemy of Creativity": Cultivating Creative Skills in the L2 Classroom

ㅡ Jessamine Price
  Creativity is often cited as an important twenty-first century skill. Nevertheless, most Korean students of English are preparing for standardized tests that don’t evaluate creativity. If “thinking is the enemy of creativity,” as Ray Bradbury said, how can we encourage creativity without neglecting students’ extrinsic goals of grammar and vocabulary mastery?

Encouraging creativity seems hard when we follow a strict curriculum, or when students are focused on test results. But by better understanding what creativity means in language education, we can use it to develop L2 skills. I will share suggestions for cultivating a creative classroom at various levels, from elementary schools to adults, through using process writing, open-ended questions, and careful scaffolding. I will also discuss challenges I’ve encountered in encouraging student creativity.

The Presenter

Jessamine Price has an M.Phil. in history from Oxford and an MFA in creative writing from American University. Her essays have appeared in a variety of publications. After teaching high school history in the United States for several years, she currently works as a guest English teacher at two Gwangju middle schools.
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3:25ㅡ3:45 (20 min.)
Exploring Teacher Beliefs and Classroom Practices Through Reflective Practice: A Case Study

ㅡ Jessica Ives
  This presentation will discuss a case study that explored and reflected on the relationship between the beliefs and classroom practices of an L2 reading teacher. The findings of this study revealed that this particular teacher holds complex beliefs about teaching reading that were evident to some extent in many of his classroom practices. Additionally, this study found that by articulating and reflecting on his beliefs, the teacher became more aware of the meaning and impact of these beliefs on his classroom practices. Based on the results of this study, I hope teachers will be inspired to become more aware of their teacher beliefs.
Reference: Farrell, T.S.C. & Ives, J. (2015). Exploring teacher beliefs and classroom practices through reflective practice. Language Teaching Research, 19(5), 594-610.

The Presenter

Jessica Ives is from Niagara Falls, Canada. This is her third year teaching as a professor at Dongshin University in Naju. Before teaching in Korea, she was an ESL instructor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She completed both her Bachelor of Arts (honours) and Master of Arts in applied linguistics (TESL) at Brock University.
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4:00ㅡ4:45
Growing into Group Debate via Speech Presentations

ㅡ Yeon-seong Park
  Learning how to debate has a good deal of merits, including the cultivation of communication skills, promotion of logical ability, and development of a collaborative mindset. Regardless of these merits, some students tend to avoid debate classes because they think English debate is too difficult. To solve this problem, the instructor needs to first choose easy and fun topics. Then they need to introduce social and other contemporary issues. Another tactic is to first teach public speaking skills. In this presentation, I would like to share how I manage a debate class using these strategies.

The Presenter

Yeon-seong Park is currently an instructor of English at Chonnam National University. The courses she has taught during her 30 years in ELT include Current Issues and Debate, Speech and Debate, English for Interpersonal Skills, American/British Poetry, and American/British Culture. She is a lifetime member of KOTESOL as well as a dedicated member of the local Reflective Practice SIG.
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5:00ㅡ5:45
ISD Meets SJ: How to Create Instructional Plans for Social Justice in the Classroom

ㅡ Maria Lisak
  The presenter will share alternative methods for instruction (instructional systems design: ISD) and how they can be set up for social justice purposes in the classroom. For example, the Socratic dialogue can be used as a teaching method for co-creativity in the classroom. A list of instructional methods by Reigeluth in Instructional-Design Theories and Models will be shared by examining three social justice researchers’ classroom designs. This presentation is helpful for educators to make learning opportunities designed to scaffold learner inquiry for issues impacting their lives both inside and outside the classroom.

The Presenter

Maria Lisak teaches in the Public Administration and Social Welfare Department at Chosun University in Gwangju. She designs and teaches an English language course for Korean university sophomores in administration and welfare. With a masters in instructional systems technology and her current work on an EdD in literacy, culture and language education through Indiana University (USA), she sets up her classroom for learners to have socially insightful experiences that help empower them to meet the challenges of our world.
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2:00ㅡ2:45
Teaching Career 2.0: Strategies for Success

ㅡ Daniel Svoboda
After a career of teaching English conversation and composition classes, a new job required me to adapt to an entirely different discipline: Korean-English translation. A general overview of the two completely different teaching environments will be considered. The elements considered will include student levels and goals, course materials, lesson preparation, actual classroom teaching, assessment, and faculty evaluation. Initial problems and subsequent modifications of teaching methodology will also be surveyed. It is hoped that a discussion will ensue on the challenges and rewards of teaching in a separate yet related subject. The focus will be on how educators can cope with sudden shifts in career direction, looking at these new teaching challenges as an opportunity for personal and professional growth, rather than approaching them with confusion.

The Presenter

Daniel Svoboda is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul. He graduated with an MA in literature in 2011 and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation in literature.  
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3:00ㅡ3:45
How Florida State Standards, K-pop, and Overwatch Helped Level Up My Students

ㅡ Zon Petilla
  My low-level 5th- and 6th-grade English class had a hard time staying focused on reading paragraphs. Their material did not really reflect what’s relevant to their lives. Thus, students found it hard to stay engaged in something that didn’t engage them. After using informal surveys, I found relevant elements of pop-culture that I could adapt to their materials. Using this method, I taught them more advanced academic skills such as identifying a topic sentence and supporting details – things not necessarily covered in their textbook. Since I was finishing my certification program with Teach Ready, I had to teach these skills and formally test students that showed positive improvements. This presentation will include using relevance, assessments, gender identities, and reading tests.

The Presenter

Zon Petilla is a public English Center teacher. For ten years, he has taught adults, teens, and adolescents. He has a master’s degree in business and a BA in linguistics with TESOL certification. He’s presented at the San Diego Comic-Con and the Korea TESOL National Conference. He is currently exploring how elements of game design and player psychology mirror student behavior and success.
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4:00ㅡ4:45
How Does Language Learning Take Place? How Should Languages Be Taught?

ㅡ Daniel Corks
 Everyone has personal beliefs about language learning – sometimes quite strong ones. Some come from your experiences, and others we hear repeatedly in the media. Since these beliefs influence our teaching, it’s important to look at them critically, and the field of second language acquisition (SLA) aims to do exactly that. This presentation will draw from SLA research to take a critical look at 14 (if time allows) such beliefs about language learning in light of modern research. Some examples:
(a) “Highly intelligent people are good language learners.”
(b) “Teachers should teach simple language structures before complex ones.”
This presentation will avoid unnecessary second language acquisition (SLA) jargon and stick to everyday terms.

The Presenter

Daniel Corks is a graduate of Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, with a master’s degree in applied linguistics in the field of second language acquisition. He is currently an assistant professor at Dongshin University in Naju and a member of the Gwangju–Jeonnam Chapter of KOTESOL.
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5:00ㅡ5:45
Reconsidering SLA Theories: Which Is Best for NS Instructors and Their Students?

ㅡ Kevin Dieter
  EFL education approaches lie along an SLA (second language acquisition) spectrum with implicit learning on one end and explicit learning on the other. It is important to keep in mind that none of our current approaches are complete in describing and predicting learning outcomes. The goal of this “talk” is to provide an opportunity to highlight and discuss some of the different approaches that are available to us. Some of the approaches along the SLA spectrum include nativism, connectionism, the communication approach, and a neural cognitive approach. By taking a critical look at the approaches we implement in our classes we can gain some new insights into the benefits and shortcomings of our own practices. It is my hope that the audience provides their own thoughts and experiences regarding the EFL education approaches that they use and are open to professional exchange and collaboration.  

The Presenter

Kevin Dieter is a long-term resident of Gwangju, having arrived here in 1994. He currently teaches at Gwangju Health University and is “team supervisor” at their Office of Global Affairs. He also is a regular guest on GFN radio. Kevin received his MEd at Chonnam National University, specializing in education technology. He currently is a PhD candidate at CNU.
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