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PRESENTATION 6th Annual Shikoku JALT Conference

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I had a great time at the Shikoku JALT Conference in Tokushima yesterday. Great crowd, some interesting presentations, and a nice dinner to finish off.

As promised, here are the slides from my talk: 1506 JALT Shikoku

Hope to make it back down here sometime for a bike tour of the island!

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PRESENTATION 6th Annual Shikoku JALT Conference -Tokushima

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I’ll be giving a presentation tomorrow at the Annual Shikoku JALT Conference in Tokushima. Details are here.

My presentation is at 13:50 in room 302, on Integrating Presenting Skills into the Classroom. Very meta indeed.

Hope to see some of you there.

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VIDEO Oxford Teaching Workshop Series, Sendai 2015

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I really enjoyed presenting at the Sendai Oxford Teaching Workshop Series last Sunday. It was great to present on home ground, and we had a fantastic audience on the day.

My presentation was “Reading: the key 21st Century skill” and made the following points:

  1. reading is very important, and should be part of all language courses
  2. non-fiction is often neglected, but many learners prefer it and it is sometimes easier to understand
  3. OUP has a nice range of non-fiction readers
  4. how to include reading practice in your classes
  5. how to design an extensive reading program

You can see the full presentation below:

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments 🙂

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VUS TESOL 2014 resources and postmortem

I was delighted to deliver the opening plenary for VUS TESOL in Ho Chi Minh City last weekend.

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The conference was held at the City Conference Hall and was very well-attended.

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I had to be there at 7:00 to set up before the opening ceremony at 8:00. The hall was incredible, it felt a bit like a rock concert with the two tiers of seats and the spotlights.

I started a bit late so had to trim my talk a little on the fly (ended up talking for about 40 minutes instead of the planned 60).

You can see the video of the speech below. My slides are here: 140719 VUS plenary slides, and the notes for the talk are here: VUS TESOL 2014 summary

Overall I wasn’t completely happy with my performance. Giving a plenary is very different from a workshop or presentation, and this was my first one of this scale. I felt I was a bit rushed and had too much content, which means that I wasn’t able to fully develop some of the main ideas.

Still, it wasn’t completely horrible. I would probably give myself six or seven out of ten, and try to do better next time.

I’d like to thank everyone who came to the conference, and especially everyone who came and talked to me. It was great to meet you all.

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The 1st Michinoku English Education Summit (MEES) Conference

Fun times in Hachinohe

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I was lucky enough to be able to attend and present at the first MEES Conference last weekend. It was held at Hachinohe Gakuin University, and was possibly the best-organized conference I have ever attended. The preparation, execution, and communication on the part of the organizers was flawless.

My presentation was about expanding academic programs by reaching out to colleagues. You can download my slides in pdf format here (140601 MEES), and watch the full presentation below:

By the way, the Daiwa Roynet Hotel in Hachinohe is very pleasant and has an amazing buffet breakfast.