I was born on 21 January, 1960. My identity is regional and cultural rather than national. I come from a Presbyterian family in Northern Ireland. I studied French and German in Scotland, and also trained as a teacher of French and German in Belfast, and only became interested in English as a Foreign Language after experience as an assistant teacher in France and Austria. I taught speaking and listening classes in a large education faculty in Turkey between 1988 and 1993, and began my connection with Hiroshima University after completing a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics at Edinburgh University. I worked as a full-time English teacher at the Prefectural University of Hiroshima in Mihara from 2000 to 2012.
Popular Culture and Foreign Language Learning
■ 英語コミュニケーション演習I ■ 英語コミュニケーション演習II ■ 英語ボキャブラリー演習 ■ 英語発音演習 ■ 英語語用法演習 ■ コミュニカティブライティングI ■ 英語圏の文化と社会
■ 英語教育学特論 ■ 英語教育学特論II
I am interested in existential and postmodern approaches to foreign language learning. Existential philosophy stresses personal freedom, choice and responsibility. Postmodernism looks critically at meta-narratives - scientific, political, ethical - and prioritizes the creation of individual meaning and enjoyment.
My teaching philosophy is autonomy in community. Foreign language classes should principally be venues where learners can receive stimulus from a more advanced learner (the teacher) or native speaker, and where they can interact face-to-face with other learners, thereby experiencing community. Lessons are in most cases only indirectly related to language acquisition, and less important in that respect than autonomous learning outside the classroom.
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Conversation: From Description to Pedagogy by Scott Thornbury and Diana Slade.