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TEFL Interviews 28: BONUS! Forum Discussion (Live at JALT 2016)

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - A podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters. 

Today we bring you a bonus podcast episode, a recording of the interviewee and audience discussion/Q&A that took place after our interviews at our forum - 'Teacher Interviews: Stories of Transformation,' at the JALT2016 conference in Nagoya. 

This episodes contains a variety of questions from the audience, some additional questions from us, and a lively exchange between our three forum participants: Sarah Mercer, Ryuko Kubota, and JD Brown. We hope you enjoy it!

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 1:57pm JST

TEFL Interviews 27: JD Brown (Live at JALT 2016)

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Today we bring you the final of our three interviews conducted as part of our forum 'Teacher Interviews: Stories of Transformation,' at the JALT2016 conference in Nagoya. 

In this episode, Matthew speaks to JD Brown. JD works at the University of Hawaii as a member of the influential Department of Second Language Studies. JD's diverse research interests include language curriculum development, language testing, language testing in Japan, testing L2 pragmatics, performance testing, and mixed methods research; topics of which are discussed in this episode's interview. JD was a plenary speaker at this year's JALT conference, information about his presentation can be found here. More information about JD Brown, his publications, and his research can be found at his homepage.

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 8:55pm JST

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - A podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters. 

Today we bring you the second of our three interviews conducted as part of our forum 'Teacher Interviews: Stories of Transformation,' at the JALT2016 conference in Nagoya. 

In this episode, Rob speaks to Ryuko Kubota. Dr. Kubota works in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include race and racism in TESOL, multilingualism, and neoliberalism in ELT. Dr. Kubota was a featured speaker to this year's JALT conference, where she spoke about neoliberalism in language teaching and critical awareness of language myths. More information about Dr. Kubota, her publications, and her research can be found at her homepage

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Direct download: Kubota_Interview.m4a
Category:TESOL -- posted at: 8:28am JST

TEFL Interviews 25: Sarah Mercer (Live at JALT 2016)

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - A podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters. 

Today we bring you the first of our three interviews conducted as part of our forum 'Teacher Interviews: Stories of Transformation,' at the JALT2016 conference in Nagoya. 

In this episode, Matt speaks to Sarah Mercer. Sarah works at the University of Graz in Austria as the head of ELT Methodology. Sarah's research interests include learner self-concept, complexity, psychology in language learning, as well as teacher/learner mindset. Sarah was a featured speaker to this year's JALT conference, information about her sessions can be found here. More information about Sarah, he publications, and her research can be found at her homepage

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Direct download: Mercer.m4a
Category:TESOL -- posted at: 5:30pm JST

Episode 52: Transformation, Interviewing, and JALT2016

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In this episode, the TEFLologists gear up for their forum at JALT2016 conference, which takes place in Nagoya at the end of November, by discussing the conference theme of transformation, and the processes behind conducting interviews. The TEFLologisits will be hosting a forum titled: Teacher Interviews: Stories of Transformation, which will feature interviews with Sarah Mercer, Ryuko Kubota, and JD Brown. The TEFLologists also announce their Halloween e-book competition winners, so listen to see if you've won. Enjoy!

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Direct download: Ep_52.m4a
Category:TESOL -- posted at: 10:06am JST

TEFL Interviews 24: Victoria Murphy on Bilingual Education

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Today, we bring you an interview with Oxford University's Prof. Victoria Murphy. Victoria works as a professor in Applied Linguistics at Oxford's St Anne's college. Victoria's research interests include English as an Additional Language (EAL), bilingual and immersion education, and language development amongst L1 and L2 learners. 

Victoria's books include 'Second Language Learning in the Early School Years Trends and Contexts' (2014), and the co-authored 'Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages' (2016). 

More information about Victoria can be found here.

Rob and Matt met up with Victoria in October at Waseda University in Tokyo, during an Oxford University Press event that she had been invited to speak at. Victoria answered questions on here research areas of expertise. 

We'll announce the winners of our halloween competition in our next regular episode.

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 2:46pm JST

Episode 51: Halloween Special - English Vampires, Alien Invasions, and Fear

Welcome to this spooky halloween edition of the TEFLology Podcast.

In this episode, Rob discusses English vampires, Matt reviews an e-coursebook: English for the Alien Invasion, and Matthew addresses the topic of fear in the language classroom. 

We also announce a prize giveaway, listen to the episode to find out more. We'd like to thank Lindsay Clandfield for his help with this.

Here is a link to the Extreme Language Teaching website mentioned in today's episode. 

More information about 'English for the Alien Invasion' can be found there.

We also mentioned a book about podcasting and professional development that we've been working on together, more on that can be found here

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Direct download: Episode_51_1.m4a
Category:TESOL -- posted at: 6:57pm JST

TEFL Interviews 23: Hayo Reinders on the Future of Language Learning

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters! 

Today we're delighted to bring you an interview with Prof. Hayo Reinders. This interview was recorded back in August at a one day Anaheim University conference held in Tokyo. 

Hayo himself supervises on doctoral programs at Anaheim University, as well as being Professor in Education at Unitec in New Zealand. He is also a prolific writer and speaker. 

Hayo talked to Matthew about some directions that language learning will take in the future, as well as the changing roles and focuses of teacher training. 

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Direct download: Hayo_Reinder_Interview_Edit.m4a
Category:TESOL -- posted at: 4:31pm JST

Episode 50: Parallelism in Professional Practice, Dictionary Additions, and Francis Lodwick

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - A podcast all about teaching English as foreign language and related matters. 

We've reached episode 50!! We didn't particularly mark the occasion in any way, but continued in much the same style as we have done with previous episodes. 

In this episode, Matt loosely unpacks a concept he is calling Parallelism, regarding the professional practice and development of ELT teachers in Japan. Rob reviews some of the latest additions to the English dictionary, while Matthew concludes the episode by talking about the work of TEFL pioneer Francis Lodwick. 

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 1:52pm JST

Episode 49: PPP, Technology Review, and Braj Kachru

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters. 

In today's episode, Rob discusses PPP, charting the popularity and relevance of the teaching approach. Matthew reviews the latest technology available for language learning, exploring some new apps and web-based services. Finally, Matt describes the life and work of pioneer Braj Kachru, who sadly passed away earlier this summer. 

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 10:01am JST

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