EnglishCentral at JALT 2012

EnglishCentral will be attending JALT2012 , Oct. 12-15.

Visit our conference booth and say hello.  We’ll have a free trial for all teachers!  Also enroll in our JALT trial class in advance of the conference and we’ll upgrade teachers to Premium so they can try our new courses in full.   Here below is some info about our attendance at the conference.

FEATURED SPEAKER WORKSHOP 1 (Sponsor: English Central)

Saturday, October 13th from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (90 minutes) Venue: SR62

Maximizing Vocabulary Development with Online Resources

Although there are now many online resources for accessing authentic video in and out of the classroom, this presentation argues that the gap between the average vocabulary size of typical EFL language learners and the amount of vocabulary needed to comprehend those videos is usually quite daunting. In this session, the presenter will begin by developing the argument for the importance of teaching high frequency vocabulary, citing some of his background research on the serious vocabulary gaps that face EFL learners in Asia. He will then describe the theoretical underpinnings of several online scaffolding tools he helped to develop for assisting students to be able to better comprehend unsimplified videos (as well as some excellent freeware and shareware equivalents). Participants will also be introduced to an approach for rating the difficulty of videos by their vocabulary content and simple techniques for developing targeted special purpose vocabulary lists based on corpus research of the transcripts of the video.

FEATURED SPEAKER LECTURE 2 (Sponsor: English Central)

Sunday, October 14th from 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM (60 minutes) Venue: Room 44

Corpus Linguistics for Dummies

In this talk, the presenter will introduce some of the basic terms and concepts in corpus linguistics as well as demonstrate a range of free online tools which can help budding corpus linguists to create and analyze small corpora as well as to generate useful wordlists for research and teaching. No previous knowledge or experience in corpus linguistics is required to take park in this session.


Saturday, October 13th from 4:30pm – 5:00pm (30 minutes) Venue: Room 22 (EnglishCentralDemo Booth)    

EnglishCentral: Introduction and User’s Session

This session will demonstrate several of EnglishCentral’s cool new learning tools, including a spaced-repetition system for quickly acquiring knowledge of important vocabulary words in the context of authentic videos, a tool for bilingual captioning of these videos with clickable html dictionaries, and a voice recognition software that quickly identifies words and sounds the student are having difficulty with and delivers focused, in-context practice for those sounds and tracks learner’s progress on individual sounds over time.

Sunday, October 14th from 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (60 minutes) Venue: Rooom 44

Presentation title: EnglishCentral: Introduction and user’s session

by Charles Browne and EnglishCentral staff

Best Of JALT. Saturday, from 7:15 to 8:30PM at Congress Center Room 31   (Sponsor: English Central)

A fun event featuring the EnglishCentral platform in action.  Come and be surprised by some great games and a participant focused event.

Presenter Bio:

Charles Browne is Professor of Applied Linguistics and head of the EFL teacher-training program at Meiji Gakuin University. He is a specialist in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition, CALL, and has written dozens of research articles and books, including a monthly column for Japan’s top English education journal (Eigo Kyoiku). He is deeply active in the area of CALL, helping to create research-based language learning software such as WordEngine, EnglishCentral and GoFluent, and works hard to share this knowledge with teachers and researchers through countless hand-on workshops and courses with Boards of Education around the country as well as Columbia Teachers College and Temple University Japan.

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