Applying existing technologies to support elementary school teachers in teaching English in remote towns in Japan
Abstract: This paper reports on how exiting technologies were applied to support elementary school teachers in teaching English in remote towns in the southern part of Mie Prefecture. (Starting in April 2018, Japanese law began to require English to be taught for at least two hours a week at all elementary schools.) Upon the request of the Boards of Educations of these towns, support was provided to elementary school teachers who claimed they had limited English abilities and a lack of pedagogical knowledge to teach the language. To approach these problems, existing technologies were applied to enable them to teach English independently. In addition to original video clips, lesson plans were uploaded to Moodle to share with them. By the end of academic year 2018, a survey will be conducted to examine whether the approach to these challenges enhanced their capability to teach English.
Presider: Monique Woodard, Drexel University