3:00 - 3:50 PM
Exchanging and Developing Teaching Ideas Between Thailand and Japan
Chulalongkorn University Thailand
A meeting at PAC1 in Bangkok, Thailand in January, 1997, was the beginning
of a collaborative on-going action research project between two university
teachers in Thailand and Japan. There are three goals: (1 ) Find out what
Thai and Japanese students share in common when trying to speak English.
(2) Revitalize their teaching by sharing, comparing, trying what teachers
and students in another Asian country are doing. (3) Develop teaching practices
and class activities which engage students and encourage them to speak
This presentation will provide teachers with an example of how to begin
and build a collaborative study cross-culturally. The topics will include
an account of communicating by e-mail, a look at students speaking on video,
a report of what was learned by exchanging videos and comments, and some
suggestions on how to motivate students and teachers through meaningful
and challenging tasks.