The Preparation, Discussion, Reaction (PDR) Method – Prof. Eamon Watters, Akita University

Abstract:

The Preparation, Discussion, Reaction (PDR) Method is a teaching methodology developed at Tohoku University. PDR utilizes a learner-centered, active learning method with flipped-classroom approach. It provides great leeway in selecting student input, so it can be used in a wide range of contexts: from general English communication classes to specialized content-focused classes. The method affords students opportunities to use their explicit English knowledge, and promotes student engagement and critical thinking. Prof. Watters provided an overview of PDR, typical class flows, and provided some examples of student output achieved in the specialized English classes he runs using this method.

About the Presenter:

Eamon Watters is a long-term resident of Japan, and hails from Northern Ireland, in the UK. He has a varied background, covering science, engineering, and English education. He is an associate professor at Akita University, where he teaches English with a scientific focus.

 

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