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“Sometimes, I think they are a kind of God.” Metaphors for teachers, learners and language learning.

“Sometimes, I think they are a kind of God.” Metaphors for teachers, learners and language learning. Darren Elliott, Nanzan University “In order to make sense of abstract thought, humans have developed a rich facility for metaphor. These metaphors are loaded with meanings to be unpacked and interpreted. Research into education has a strong tradition of … Continue reading “Sometimes, I think they are a kind of God.” Metaphors for teachers, learners and language learning.

My Teacher is a Watering Can: Metaphors and Autonomous Learning

Presented at the 48th annual meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), Aston University, Birmingham, UK on September 4th, 2015 Abstract In order to make sense of abstract thought, humans have developed a rich facility for metaphor. These metaphors are loaded with meanings to be unpacked and interpreted. Research into education has a … Continue reading My Teacher is a Watering Can: Metaphors and Autonomous Learning

Recast, Recycle, Remix: Multiliteracy Approaches to Cultural Understanding

Presented at Liberlit 2016, Tokyo Christian Women's University, February 22nd, 2016 Abstract The obstacles to the teaching of literature in a foreign language are many. Learners can struggle with lexical and grammatical complexity, idiomatic or metaphorical expressions, and contextual misunderstandings. These obstacles should not prevent teachers from introducing literature, however. This presenter suggests a three … Continue reading Recast, Recycle, Remix: Multiliteracy Approaches to Cultural Understanding

‘Ma, what are they givin’ me?’ Graded Readers and the Bechdel Test.

(Presented at LIBERLIT 2017 on February 20th, 2017) In October of 2016 I attended the 9th Extensive Reading Seminar, a two-day annual event hosted by the JALT ER SIG that, last year, was held at Nanzan University in Nagoya. It was a very well-run event and really reinforced my belief that Extensive Reading is something … Continue reading ‘Ma, what are they givin’ me?’ Graded Readers and the Bechdel Test.

Technology for Language Learning: Best Practices

New technologies provide wonderful opportunities for language learning, yet teachers and learners alike should be aware of the potential pitfalls. When implementing educational technology, the fundamental question is whether the tool is an efficient way of achieving the pedagogical aims. In this workshop the presenter will outline some considerations for good practice, illustrated with examples … Continue reading Technology for Language Learning: Best Practices