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JALT 2015 Featured Speaker Workshop: Harnessing the Power of Visual Design

Making great teaching materials is not only about the content but also how it is presented. Research has shown that visual design influences both student comprehension and motivation. This workshop offered some visual design best practices to improve student learning, and demonstrated how they can be applied to materials using word processing software.

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Nara JALT: Creating supplements that increase spoke interaction

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TESOL 2015: Getting the most out of your handouts with QR Codes

Thanks everyone for coming. Some people were having trouble downloading the poster from the conference app, so I’ve posted it here too.

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2015 JALT International Conference: Featured Speaker

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I just got the official word: I will be a featured speaker at the Japan Association for Language Teaching’s  41st Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition in Shizuoka. I will be giving a workshop called Harnessing the power of visual design and a lecture titled Towards systematic materials design with ADDIE. I’m really excited, especially that the conference will be at Granship in Shizuoka. The first JALT conference that I attended was held there in 2003. It’s a real milestone for my career. Twelve years ago I attended JALT as a participant, this year I will be a featured speaker. What a difference 12 years makes! I’m also really excited about the conference theme of “focus on the learner” as that is a big part of who I am as a teacher.

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JALT 2014: A systematic approach to make textbook supplements

Thanks everyone for coming out! I enjoyed talking with everyone. Keep making supplements!

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KoTESOL 2014: Challenges in the teaching and testing of speaking

John and I want to once again thank everyone that came out to listen to us speak. We don’t pretend to have all of the answers, and we would never presume that what we do in our context would be appropriate for anyone else, but we both feel that there is value in the conversation.

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2014 Teacher Journeys Conference

EFL Teacher Journeys Conference

I had a great time at the 2014 EFL Teacher Journeys Conference in Kyoto last weekend. Thanks to everyone that came out and listened to me speak about using Japanese in the classroom. I have been contacted by several people who couldn’t come asking for slides, handouts, etc. I didn’t have a handout and my slides were just Internet Memes used to add some punctuation to my narrative. However, I will have a paper come out later this year on the topic. I’ll let people know when the paper is out.

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