In 2020, Tokyo will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games. Prime Minister Abe, as well as numerous other political leaders, have been calling for vast improvements in the development of practical English skills. These leaders would like to see individuals enhance their actual English communication/speaking abilities in order to meet the challenges of an ever-increasing globalized world. Unfortunately, many of the traditional teaching methods used in Japan do not seem to be having the desired effect. Politicians like Toshiaki Endo, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party’s system revitalization headquarters, are still making claims like, “We all know that the (current) six years of English education did not help us speak English.” Additionally, despite the incredible amount of resources spent on the development of second language acquisition skills, there is still a definite gap between what theoretically works in Japanese classrooms and what actually works. For fifteen years, Time Paired Practice (TPP) has been successfully used in various universities in the Greater Tokyo Area. The teaching method is simple yet effective, and it has proven to raise confidence and motivation levels in Japanese classrooms. This TPP poster presentation will introduce an oral communication teaching style that focusses on building and individual’s confidence while improving his/her second language abilities. It is the presenter’s hope that the information will provide viewers with some new and innovative techniques that can be used in various teaching environments around the world.
Learning, Confidence, Motivation
Asst. Professor, Faculty of Letters, Rissho University, Japan
My name is Samuel Rose and I am an assistant professor at Rissho University in Tokyo. I have been an English teacher in Japan for over twenty years and have developed a keen interest in motivation and confidence building. I am passionate about improving my students' communication skills, but I also want them to leave my classroom feeling a little more positive and a little more confident in themselves.