Oral Histories Project for Language Learners

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In this presentation, we introduce a series of semester-long Oral Histories projects which are part of a content-focused EFL program at a private university in western Japan. This talk includes brief overviews of (1) Oral Histories, (2) our course outline, (3) weekly lesson plans, and (4) sample student work. Participants will go away with a general understanding of the theory (including rationale) and practice of Oral Histories for language learning programs, as well as several resources for pursuing their own Oral Histories projects.

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Oral HistoriesProjectsBrent a. jonespresented at Peace as a Global Language 2014Where are we going?What are Oral Histories?Course OverviewLesson PlansExamplesLessons Learned

What are Oral Histories?Course Overview

Lesson Plans - Day 1WelcomeMy interest in Oral HistoriesCourse Outline (Schedule/Assessment/Contact Info)Densho WebsiteStudents choose one interview, take notes and report to the groupBefore leaving for the day, read Wikipedia article on Oral Histories and answer questions.Preparation for next week - Each student reads the introductory chapter of one of the OH books, prepares a summary for next meeting.

Lesson Plans - Day 2Students present the chapter they read (Zemi Style)Interview Workshop/Mini LectureInformed Consent (Language Learning History) - Introduce and signPractice Interviews - A interviews B, C interviews DPractice Interviews - B interviews C, D interviews ATranscribing Workshop/Mini LectureBefore leaving for the day, transcribe the interview (typed)Preparation for 10/10 - Read chapter 2 from one of the other books. Decide three topics related to Nishinomiya, Prepare a proposal (topic, research question(s), participants, rationale - so what?)Lesson Plans - Day 3Students confirm transcript with their Day Two partner.A interviews B, C interviews D (next) B interviews C, D interviews ADebriefing - What did we learn about interviewing? What makes a good interviewer? How can we develop interviewing skills?Students present the chapter they read (Zemi Style)Decide on Topic/ThemeAnalysis Workshop/Mini Lecture (Read through, note topics/themes, read again, code)Transcribe Interview 2A and C, B and D analyze their transcripts together.Preparation for Day Four (10/17) - Read Chapter 3 of one of the books. Lesson Plans - Day 4Students present the chapter they read (Zemi Style)Planning Meeting for FieldworkPrepare Participant Information Sheet, Consent Form and other documents.Present plan and paperwork to instructor - Get started and/or Practice interviews

ExamplesMarist Brothers International SchoolNishinomiya Kitaguchi Shotengai AssociationChinatownCUBEStudy Abroad ExperiencesFuku Otoko (Nishinomiya Shrine)

Marist Brothers - Kobe

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Konan CUBE

Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation theoryRelevancySelf-EfficacyAgencyLessons LearnedBest wishes for your success