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English Today

Word Cloud of Word Frequency from my research into authenticity

I am delighted to announce that my piece for English Today entitled “The Authenticity Continuum– towards a definition incorporating international voices” has been accepted and is scheduled for publication sometime in the near future. The piece expands upon the need for a less culturally embedded view of authenticity in language teaching. I am very pleased . . . → Read More: English Today

Anaheim Open TESOL Seminar – Tokyo, 2014

Rod Ellis at Anaheim Open TESOL, Tokyo 2014

I have just attended the Anaheim open TESOL seminar, and I am on the way back, typing madly into my tablet so as to get as much transcribed as possible before I get home because as soon as I get back I have to slip into a yukatta and enjoy the hanabi summer fireworks festival . . . → Read More: Anaheim Open TESOL Seminar – Tokyo, 2014

EFL Teacher Journeys Conference: Reflection

EFL Teacher Journeys Kyoto

I sit here on the Shinkansen home to Tokyo, the obligatory post-conference beer and bento box at hand. I have just attended the EFL Teacher Journeys conference in Kyoto, part of the Teacher Development SIG at JALT, and it was easily one of the best conferences I’ve been to in a long while. I think . . . → Read More: EFL Teacher Journeys Conference: Reflection

Authenticity as a Continuum

The Authenticity Continuum

In order to develop a more inclusive concept of authenticity, rather than trying for a single definition, authenticity should perhaps be seen as a continuum with various dimensions. . . . → Read More: Authenticity as a Continuum

Upcoming talks and conferences

I've been busy

I have been busy lately. So busy in fact that I still have not written up my report of the lecture I went to see by Jenny Jenkins at Waseda University’s 3rd English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) International Workshop. Coming soon

One of the reasons I have been busy it that I recently completed . . . → Read More: Upcoming talks and conferences

LinguistList 2014 Fund-Drive

LinguistList

Many times I’ve needed the help of The LinguistList, a free online discussion board and virtual community of practice. They helped me get data for my MA and I am sure I will need them for my PhD too. Now they need our help to keep running a free service. I see this as a . . . → Read More: LinguistList 2014 Fund-Drive

IATEFL Harrogate 2014

harrogate logo

Once again I am missing out on IATEFL 2014 in person, but have been able to participate virtually using the fantastic online tools provided by the conference. Today is the last day of the conference, but the online content usually gets more interesting after the conference. Check it out here http://www.iatefl.org/annual-conference/harrogate-2014

 

The Architecture of Language Reconsidered: Noam Chomsky Lecture

Chomsky

Language is like a hammer. It’s just there for you to use. You can use it to build a house or you can use it to bash someone’s head in. . . . → Read More: The Architecture of Language Reconsidered: Noam Chomsky Lecture

Vizualize Me

vizualizeme

This is a great site which takes information from your social networks and builds an infographic. It has a very neat feature in which it shows a world map of the languages you speak and the countries where they are spoken.

 

 

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Tokyo CLIL Workshop July 6th 2013, Senshu University

CLIL Japan

This is a quick report on the workshop given at Senshu University last weekend. Many thanks to Stephen Ryan of Senshu for inviting us, to Kay Irie of Tokai University for her enthusiasm and support, and for leading a great panel discussion. We would also like to thank Mr. Tsuchiya at the Language Laboratory at . . . → Read More: Tokyo CLIL Workshop July 6th 2013, Senshu University