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7th ER Seminar


The Seventh Annual Extensive Reading Seminar

Date: Sunday September 28, 2014
Time: 9:00 ~ 17:00

Place: Keisen University, Tokyo.

Theme: Covering the Text: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

Plenary Speakers: Dr. Charles Browne and Dr. Junko Yamashita.



The Seminar has now concluded. Many thanks to our Plenary speakers, our hosts at Keisen and the volunteers (especially the Green Team students of Keisen) so generous with their time!


Dr. Browne's Address: Covering your bets: The connection between reading and high-frequency vocabulary

This presentation will review and discuss some of the literature on the importance of high frequency vocabulary in helping to improve reading comprehension and introduce several free word lists, online tools and websites that the presenter developed in order to help students and teachers to work towards this goal.

Dr. Browne is Professor of Applied Linguistics & TESOL, Director of the EFL Teacher-Training Program at Meiji Gakuin University. He is a specialist in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Extensive Reading, especially as they apply to online learning environments, and has written dozens of research articles, books, and textbooks over his 29 years in Japan. In addition to his recent work in creating two important new corpus-based word lists for second language learners known as the New General Service List (NGSL) and the New Academic Word List (NAWL), he has also helped to create a wide variety of research-based language learning and analysis software such as the OGTE (Online Graded Text Editor), ER-Central, EnglishCentral, WordEngine, V-Check, and GoFluent, and works hard to share this knowledge with teachers, researchers and software developers through countless presentations, seminars and hands-on workshops.

Dr. Yamashita's Address: Reciprocal relationships between vocabulary and reading comprehension



Junko Yamashita is a professor of Language Education Sciences at Nagoya University. Born in Hiroshima, she spent her childhood and adolescent years in several nearby prefectures until her family settled there. She spent one year at University of Michigan, US, as an exchange student in her final undergraduate year at Hiroshima University. She also studied at Lancaster University, UK, and completed her MA and PhD in Linguistics there. She visited Georgia State University and Carnegie Mellon University, US, during a one-year study leave from her current institution. Her research has been conducted mainly in the fields of second language (L2) reading and lexical processing; her current research interests include factors affecting L2 reading comprehension, cross-linguistic influence on L2 processing, and L2 literacy acquisition. Her publications have appeared in several journals such as Language Learning, Reading in a Foreign Language, and TESOL Quarterly. She teaches English language courses to undergraduate students and applied linguistics courses to graduate students as well as serving as an advisor for MA and PhD theses. She enjoys dancing, listening to music, and living overseas; and is now a proud aunty of her adorable young niece.

Pre-registration with advance payment:
1000 yen for members of JALT ER SIG, VOCAB SIG, or JERA
1500 yen for non-members

Onsite payment:
2000 yen for members of JALT ER SIG, VOCAB SIG, or JERA
2500 yen for non-members

Pre-seminar Reception

Date: Saturday 27th September 

Time: 18:30

Place: Treno Notte トレーノ・ノッテ  

Cost: ¥5ooo, drinks included.