Global Issues in Language Education General Unvetted SIG Forum


Sun, Jul 10, 11:45-13:15 Asia/Tokyo


This forum for the Global Issues in Language Education (SIG) will present the experiences of three global educators on how how they pursued cross-border classroom connections with university's overseas during the pandemic. Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo, Olaf Fors, and Paul Horness will describe the collaborative online learning projects they engaged in with the aim of inspiring other educators. Participants looking to build cross-border connections and utilize technology more effectively for communication will want to join this session, which will be live streamed.

  • Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo

    Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo received her PhD in Human Sciences (Critical Studies in Transformative Education) from Osaka University. She is currently an Associate Lecturer of English at Kwansei Gakuin University. She is also the ICLHE East Asia leadership team coordinator. Her research interests include English-Medium Instruction (EMI) support, native speakerism, and multiculturalism.

  • Paul Horness

    I teach in the MA TESOL program.

  • Olaf Fors

    Nils Olov (Olaf) Fors has taught writing, linguistics, pedagogy, and EFL/ESL for more than 20 years in the U.S., China, South Korea, Sweden, Vietnam, and Japan, and has written and edited several EFL textbook series. Olaf is currently working at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan.

  • May Kyaw Oo

    May Kyaw Oo is a Myanmar national who is currently serving as an assistant professor at the Center for Language Studies in Nagasaki University. She completed her first MA in English literature from Assumption University in Thailand and her second MA in TESOL from the University of Exeter, UK. Her research interests include second language (L2) writing, (L2) reading, and equity issues especially within the TESOL field. She is currently coordinating the Special Course for Academic Skills (SCAS) program.