JALT 2016 International Conference

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JALT 2016 International Conference

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The JALT 2016 International conference was held in Nagoya at the end of November. It was wonderful to have the conference just a short subway ride from my house. I've been going to the JALT international conference every year for over a decade, but this time, there were many "firsts" for me. First of all, after knowing her for years on Facebook, I finally got to meet Dorothy Zemach in person. She is the owner of Wayzgoose Press and publisher of my book, 50 Ways to Teach Young Learners. She was there to make a plenary speech about the state of ELT publishing and I thought her speech was very honest, balanced, and fair.

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Another first for me was the opportunity to interview someone I have wanted to meet for years, Annamaria Pinter. She is the author of Teaching Young Language Learners and is one of the most famous researchers in the TEYL field. Not only did I get to meet her, I got to interview her for the TLT. The interview should be published sometime in 2017.

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Finally, I gave my first academic presentation at JALT. Usually my presentations are about practical classroom activities, but this one was about my research on returnee students in Japan. I was happy to have a small crowd at my early morning Sunday slot.

Thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to put on the conference!

 

 

LESLEY ITO

LESLEY ITO(レスリー いとう)

アメリカ、フロリダ州出身。両親の仕事の都合で生まれはイギリス。1992年、大学卒業後来日。日本での経験を活かしてアメリカで就職をするまでの1年の予定で帰国予定だったのが、結婚を機に日本で永住を決断。以後、英語指導法に関する研究や発表を重ね、その功績が認められイギリスの大手出版会社から世界の著名指導者のひとりとしてケンブリッジに招待を受ける。
著者として指導書や英語多読用リーダーなど数多くの英語教育関連書籍を執筆し、ドバイでは2015年に多読用リーダーで国際文学最優秀賞を受賞。
現在では、大学での講義やCLILレッスンの講演活動を日本全国で行っている。

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