JALT RTTP Workshop 2014

Don't delay - register early to get a good role!
It's time for the 2nd annual Reacting to the Past workshop! This time it's just one day: Saturday, March 15th.

“Reacting to the Past” (RTTP) is an exciting educational approach that uses content to get students to engage in debates, research and prepare papers and speeches, in a way that allows students to develop invaluable critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills. It was developed by academics looking to improve these skills at Barnard College (Columbia University) in New York, and quickly spread to more than 300 colleges and universities. In this workshop, three RTTP experts will come from different colleges in the US to lead participants through one of four RTTP “games”.

Students participate in roles with detailed character descriptions based on real historical figures. Through the game format, they give speeches and participate in debates based on actual historical events. It is an exciting opportunity for students to be at the center of the action, have fun, and potentially rewrite history!

This pedagogy is precisely the kind of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) that language teachers are rejuvenating as part of the increasing internationalization of language education.

Registrants will rank their choices of games. They will then be assigned roles and sent reading materials to prepare for the game at the workshop.

The games to be run at the workshop include:

· The Threshold of Democracy, Athens in 403 B.C. - run by Profs. Jim McKinley and David Griffiths, Sophia University – experiences Athens gamemasters who use the game to great success every semester in their Public Speaking courses;
More information: http://reacting.barnard.edu/curriculum/published-games/athens

· Legacy of the 47 Ronin – run by Profs. Bettina Gramlich-Oka and Mathew Thompson, Sophia University – creators of the game; More information: http://www.earlymodernjapan.org/rttp-legacy-of-the-47-samurai-working-title

Access to RTTP materials will be made available via the RTTP teachers' forum. The materials provided for teachers will be the same for students before the workshop, but the teachers' materials will be provided during the workshop. The final information session includes a model lesson plan and sample assessment pieces (on adapting RTTP for different proficiency levels).

The day includes three "game sessions" plus discussions on adapting games for students with different English proficiency levels.

The fees cover your lunch, drinks, snacks, and game materials we will send to you by e-mail by March 8th.

Event Timeline
Sat Mar 15, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM JST
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Sophia University
Members ¥2,000
Non-members ¥3,000
Venue Address
東京都千代田区紀尾井町7−1 Japan
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