Registration for the 2013 Summer Institute is NOW OPEN!
Instructor: Hiroko Kataoka (California State University, Long Beach)
Date: June 19 – 21
Time: 8 AM to 4 PM
Theme: Differentiated Instruction in Japanese Language Classes
Place: The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington/Japanese Language School
Because students of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds now attend Japanese language classes at universities and K-12 schools, “traditional” students share their classes with a heterogeneous student population that includes heritage speakers and those whose native languages differ from English or Japanese. Some classes house more than one level of students, typically due to schools’ economical constraints. Students in those classes present differing proficiency levels and possess different strengths in various skills, as well as different learning styles. While diversity does facilitate students’ learning from each other, if all students are taught with the same teaching objectives, strategies, teaching materials, and assessments, we cannot expect the students to receive an effective learning experience. Such practice also risks violating fairness and equality because it deprives students of opportunities to learn in the best way they can.
In this workshop the presenter will define and discuss the concept of “differentiation.” In differentiated instruction, the teacher carries out varied approaches to: (1) content, which is related to objectives which are often based on Standards, (2) process, which includes activities, tasks, and grouping, and (3) product, which means outcomes that are to be assessed, in anticipation of and in response to student differences in readiness, interests, and learning needs (Tomlinson, 1995). By examining the methods and limitations that are involved with differentiated instruction,we will explore how in fact this approach can benefit our Japanese classes. Participants will discuss teaching possibilities based on the presented concepts and examples, and create teaching plans, sample assessments, and sample teaching materials.
WATJ Members: $60
Non Members: $80
Non Members: $80
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