Lifelong Language Learning Any Unvetted SIG Forum

From Burnout to Burning Rubber

Sat, Jul 9, 10:00-11:30 Asia/Tokyo

Location: E21: DO NOT RECORD

The pandemic introduced numerous challenges to our personal and professional lives as teachers. We may have felt an adrenaline rush in the early days as we had to rally all our personal and collective resources in transitioning to online teaching. But, as the pandemic dragged on, many of us felt the fatigue of having to pivot from F2F to hybrid to fully online teaching at the drop of a dime. The extra energy needed to help students cope with learning through different modes also drained our internal resources. This forum will focus on the strategies that teachers at various levels of education—from K12 to university and language schools and beyond—have replenished their stores of energy and enthusiasm.

  • Andrew Reimann

    Andrew is a coordinator of the English Program at Aoyama Gakuin University. His research interests include Intercultural Communication, Materials Design and Media Literacy. He has a PhD in Applied Linguistics and teaches classes on Communication, Comparative Culture and Media Studies. He is from Vancouver, Canada and enjoys cycling, nature and all adventures big and small.

  • Natsuki Suzuki

    Natsuki Suzuki teaches at several public elementary schools and a private school in Tokyo. She completed a Master’s degree from the English Department of Aoyama Gakuin University. Her aim is to foster a love of learning and build confidence as the essential elements for guiding all children to be autonomous lifelong learners. Her interest includes drawing, ukulele and magic as ways to teach, motivate and realize the true communicative purpose of learning and connecting through English. She likes to treasure the element of English as a means of cultivating new perspectives as well as communicating with others.

  • Joseph Dias

    Joseph V. Dias coordinates the Integrated English Program in the English Department of Aoyama Gakuin University. His research interests include the assessment of international virtual exchanges and autonomy in language learning. Currently a reviewer for the JALTCALL Journal, he is also the coordinator of the Lifelong Language Learning SIG.

  • Paul Nanton

    Paul is currently teaching at a Junior/Senior high school in Tokyo. He teaches a variety of classes from speaking to writing classes.

  • Chiyuki Yanase

    Chiyuki Yanase is a lecturer at universities in Tokyo area, Japan. She has been teaching English for over 30 years at various institutions and holds an MSc in TESOL from Aston University. Her current research interests focus on teacher wellbeing, developing literacy skills, and the self-efficacy of learners. She has presented at numerous international conferences and published several articles on team-teaching, learner autonomy and collaborative learning.

  • David Laheist

    I have a unique teaching style informed by my experience as a performer (juggling/unicycle/stilts,etc). My general philosophy is "if you can hold someone's attention, you can educate them."