JAMES KIMBALL (SEMYUNG UNIVERSITY )

DEVELOPING STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE WILLINGNESS TO COMMUNICATE : INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

L2 Interaction is easier said than done. Initial EFL training courses, Teacher's Guides, methodology textbooks, and conference presentations all make the idea of learners producing the target language a simple matter. Pairwork; correction; CLT activities, such as information gaps and dictagloss tasks. Tada! Learners participate eagerly. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for our students to come to class lacking self-confidence, motivation, or interest. Especially in compulsory classes, instructors may be met with a wall of silence. In this workshop, we will begin by briefly sharing our struggles with getting students to participate in L2 activities. Next, we will outline some general solutions. From these good ideas, we will work in groups to create detailed how-to solutions in specific contexts. To close the workshop, we will share our solutions with attendees. At the end of the session, attendees should be able to examine and reflect on WTC issues in their own context.

James Kimball holds an MSc in Educational Management in TESOL from Aston University, and his research interests include program evaluation and classroom dynamics. James is also keenly interested in teacher development. He is now an assistant professor of English in the Liberal Arts Department of Semyung University in Korea.