Presentations

Here are some titles from past presentations. Click on the links for pdf files.

2013

Significant (Language) Learning Experiences. Presented at PAC@PALT 2013 (Cebu, Philippines). December 5-7, 2013. (handout)

Content-Focused Language Instruction. Presented at Hiroshima JALT. November 17, 2013. (handout)

Service Learning Projects for Language Learners. Presented at JALT 2013 (GILE Forum) in Kobe, Japan. October 26, 2013 (handout)

Significant CALL Experiences. Presented at JALTCALL 2013 (Matsumoto, Japan), June 1, 2013. (handout)

Service Learning For Language Teachers. Presented at JALT PanSIG Conference (Nagoya, Japan), May 18, 2013. (handout)

Significant Learning Experiences Workshop. Presented at Pasig City University (Manila, Philippines), February 25, 2013.

2012

Storytelling and Significant Learning Experiences. Presented at World Storytelling Conference 2012 in Kobe, Japan. December 2, 2012.

Content-Focused Approaches to Language Instruction. Presented at PAC@FEELTA 2012 in Vladivostok, Russia. November 2, 2012.

English Conversation? Start with the News (and other online resources). Presented at NHK Culture Center, Kyobashi School (October 25, 2012) & Nishinomiya School (October 30, 2012).

Content-Focused Approaches to Language Instruction. Presented at JALT 2012 in Hamamatsu, Japan. October 14, 2012.

Significant Learning Experiences. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers 2012 in Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek Humanities University. September 12, 2012.

Content-Based Instruction Workshop. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers 2012 in Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek Humanities University. September 13, 2012.

Appreciative Inquiry for Language Teachers. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers 2012 in Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek Humanities University. September 14, 2012.

Appreciative Inquiry in Teacher Training Contexts. Presented at ICTED 2012 (University of the Philippines). July 27, 2012.

Digital Efforts. Presented at JALTCALL 2012. Nishinomiya, Japan. Konan University, Hirao School of Management (June 1 - 3).

News in English: Raising Motivation and Involvement (ニューズの英語 〜意欲を高める英会話上達法〜). Presented at NHK Kyobashi. March 29, 2012.

2011

Mindset and Appreciative Inquiry Workshop. Conducted at Marist Brothers International School, Kobe, Japan. November 23, 2011.

Project-Based Learning and Peace Studies. Presented at Peace as a Global Language 2011. October 22~23, 2011.

Positive Approaches to Language Learning. Presented at NHK Culture Center, Kyobashi School. September 29, 2011.

Content-Based Instruction (CBI) for Language Teachers. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers 2011 in Kyrgystan. Bishkek Humanities University (Sept. 3 - 5). Handout

Service Learning for Language Teachers. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers 2011 in Kyrgystan. Bishkek Humanities University (Sept. 3 - 5).

Creative and Critical Thinking Workshop. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers 2011 in Kyrgystan. Bishkek Humanities University (Sept. 3 - 5). Handout

Planting Seeds for Dreams and Hopes through Education. Presented at Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Senta. September 8, 2011.

Educational Technology: The 30,000 Foot View. Invited Lecture at Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom. June 11, 2011 in Osaka, Japan.

Learning Theory and Language Acquisition. Plenary lecture at Teachers Helping Teachers seminar at College of St. Anthony in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines. February 19-20, 2011.

Creativity and the Language Teacher (Workshop). Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers seminar at College of St. Anthony in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines. February 19-20, 2011.

2010

Service Learning in a Content-Focused EFL Program. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers seminar at Bishkek University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. September 13-15, 2010.

Instructional Design 101. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers seminar at Bishkek University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. September 13-15, 2010.

A Bag Full of Tricks. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers seminar at Bishkek University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. September 13-15, 2010.

Fast, Fun and Furious: Workshops for L2 Classrooms. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers seminar at Bishkek University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. September 13-15, 2010.

2009

Looking for Lev in All the Wrong Places. Plenary lecture at Teachers Helping Teachers seminar at First Providential College in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines.

Aligning our learning objectives, instructional strategies and assessment. This presentation introduces the work of Lorin Anderson, David Krathwol and their colleagues in extending Bloom’s taxonomy of learning objectives. We will look at how their revised taxonomy can be utilized by language teachers for aligning our various classroom endeavors, specifically the learning objectives we determine for our learners, the instructional strategies we use to help learners toward those objectives, and the assessment protocol we use for measuring success in attaining those objectives. Participants will be called on to examine their practices in terms of this alignment.

Strategies for teaching speech communication. Presented at THT 2009 in the Philippines. Handout.

A Bag Full of Tricks. Presented at THT 2009 in the Philippines.

2008

Learning Theory & EFL/ESL Study Skills. Presented at Teachers Helping Teachers Seminars in Vientiane, Laos (March 25 - 30, 2008) and Manila, Philippines (August 23 - 24, 2008). Handout

Who is Thiagi and what are Framegames? Teachers Helping Teachers 2008. Handout

Instructional Design in a Business English Context. Teachers Helping Teachers 2008. Handout

2007

Business English Activities for Lower Level Students. Teachers Helping Teachers Seminar at Lao-American College, Vientiane, Laos, March 20 – 25, 2007.
Instructional Design and Curriculum Development. Teachers Helping Teachers Seminar at Lao-American College, Vientiane, Laos, March 20 – 25, 2007.
Automatic Language Growth (ALG): Student Attitudes and Beliefs. Teachers Helping Teachers Seminar at Lao-American College, Vientiane, Laos, March 20 – 25, 2007.

2006
Instructional Design in Business English Contexts. JALT 2006 in Kitakyushu, Japan.
Instructional Design (ID) and Business English Programs. JALT 2006 in Kitakyushu, Japan (with T. Torbert & R. Carlow).
Language Teaching as Artful Science. Invited Lecture for Hue University, College of Foreign Languages. Seminar on Teaching Strategies for the ESL Classroom. March 25 – 30, 2006.
Developing Public Speaking Skills. Invited Lecture for Hue University, College of Foreign Languages. Seminar on Teaching Strategies for the ESL Classroom. March 25 – 30, 2006.
A Drama Approach and the L2 Classroom. Invited Lecture for Hue University, College of Foreign Languages. Seminar on Teaching Strategies for the ESL Classroom. March 25 – 30, 2006.
Metaphors for L2 Teachers and Students. Invited Lecture for Hue University, College of Foreign Languages. Seminar on Teaching Strategies for the ESL Classroom. March 25 – 30, 2006.
Japan, America and Hawaii: Cultural and Historical Overview. Invited Lecture for the City of Akashi, Japan, March 19, 2006.

2005
Global Issues in a Business English Curriculum. Peace as a Global Language 2005 in Kyoto, Japan, November 13, 2005.

2004
Classroom Management: Theory to Practice. JALT 2005 in Shizuoka, Japan.
Fostering Constructive EFL Reading Habits and Attitudes. JALT 2004 in Nara, Japan
Transforming English Education: A More Global View. JALT 2004 in Nara (with A. Brady & G. Hadley).

2001
Breathing Life Into Business English Classes. JALT 2001 in Kitakyushu.
Oregon Trails, NHK Culture Center, August, 2001.
Tried and True Teaching Tidbits, Kobe JALT, May 26, 2001.

2000
Tried and True Teaching Techniques. JALT 2000 in Shizuoka (with W. Taaffe).
Public Speaking and Easy Debate. Himeji JALT, October, 2000.