RICHMOND STROUPE (JALT)

METHODOLOGY IN DIVERSE MULTILINGUAL AND MULTICULTURAL CONTEXTS: STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHERS : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

Implementing any language education program presents unique challenges in linguistically diverse contexts. The current research project on which this presentation is based examines how local teachers in Indonesia implement language-learning programs in the classroom, with particular emphasis placed on innovative teaching methodologies and how language of instruction and local languages can be used to enhance the language-learning environment. This presentation first focuses on what it means to be an exceptional language educator. Drawing on data collected during the current project, the presentation then focuses on exceptional examples of local teachers, and will also provide recommendations to improve some aspects of teaching methodology that have been observed. Participants attending the presentation will have the opportunity to examine their own views and beliefs, strengths and weaknesses, and can discuss strategies to improve their teaching approaches in diverse teaching contexts.

Richmond Stroupe is the current Chair of the International Language Education: TESOL Graduate Program at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan. He has worked with university and professional language-learners from Asia since 1989, and his academic interests include curriculum development, teacher training and professional development, and enhancing learners' critical thinking skills.