Presentations

"A Task-based Approach to Assigning and Assessing Extensive Reading," Reading at Reading, the 60th BALEAP PIM, University of Reading, Reading, U.K..

“Teaching and Assessing an Integrated Skills Discussion Task,” EAP Conference 2015, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, February 28, 2015.

“Teaching Intercultural Communication through Metaphor,” School of Education, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K., guest lecturer, November 27, 2014.

“Ethnicity and Canadian Culture,” guest lecturer, Faculty of Arts Department, Meiji University, Tokyo, May 19, 2014."Motivation and Communication in the Languae Classroom, Tochigi Prefectural Hall, Tochigi Board of Education, Keynote lecture for high school teachers and assistant langauge teachers, November 25, 2013.

"Native  Peoples of Canada and the U.S.," Department of  English, Kasei Academy, November 17, 2013, Tokyo.

“Reading Interactions: Texts for Effective Reading,” National conference of the Japan Asociation of Language Teachers, Kobe, Japan, October 26, 2013.

“Reading Teaching: The Missing Ingredients,” Japan Association of College English Teachers, Kanto region, 7th Annual Convention, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, June 16th, 2013.

“Ethnicity and Canadian Culture,” guest lecturer, Faculty of Arts Department, Meiji University, Tokyo, May 8, 2013.

“Native  Peoples of Canada and the U.S.,” Department of  English, Kasei Academy, November 25, 2012, Tokyo.

with Andrade, Melvin, Joseph Dias, Kosaka, Atsuko, Murray, Adam, Todd Rucynski, “Reading for Life Forum,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Hammamatsu, Japan, October 12, 2012.

with Joseph Dias, “Blogging to Build Community,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Hammamatsu, Japan, October, 13, 2012.

“A Comprehensive Look at Reading Teaching,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Hammamatsu, Japan, October 13, 2012.

with Joseph Dias, Todd Rucynski, “Preparing DVDs for Curricular Innovation,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Hammamatsu, Japan, October 14, 2012.

with Joseph Dias, Todd Rucynski, Faculty Development Forum, “New Approaches to Reading Teaching DVD,” Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, May 16, 2012.

“Ethnicity and Canadian Culture,” guest lecturer, Faculty of Arts Department, Meiji University, Tokyo, May 7, 2012.

“Exploring a Script-based Readers’ Theatre in Class,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Tokyo, November 21, 2011.

with Deborah Bollinger, Todd Rucyinski, “Seeding Change: The Student Interview Project,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Tokyo, November 20, 2011.

“Native  Peoples of Canada and the U.S.,” Department of  English, Kasei Academy, Tokyo, November 20, 2011.

with Jon Dumovich, Alistair Graham-Marr, Rob McLaughlin, Greg O’Dowd, forum,Classroom Tasks for Intercultural Learning,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Tokyo, November 19, 2011.

with Joseph Dias and Kazuko Namba, “Surveying University Students’ L1 and L2 Reading,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Tokyo, November 19, 2011.

“Developing Discussion Tasks for EFL Classrooms,” Guest Speaker, Pan-SIG (Special Interest Groups) JALT Oita Chapter, Beppu, Japan, May 28, 2011.

with Joseph Dias, “Reading for Life: The Making of Lifelong Readers,” JALT 10th Pan-sig conference, Matsumoto, Japan, May 21, 2011.

“Vocabulary Teaching and Assessment,” In-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and part-time teachers in the Integrated English program, English Department, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, April 2, 2011

with Maureen Andrade, Sandra G. Kouritzin, John Liontas, Joe McVeigh, “Authors Wanted Worldwide: Write for TESOL Books!” New Orleans, Teachers of English as an Other Language, New Orleans, U.S.A., March 18, 2011.

“Aoyama Gakuin University’s Integrated English Program: Three Key Language Learning Tasks,” Guest speaker, Sophia Junior College, Hadano campus, Tokyo, February 8, 2011.

with Jon Dumovich, Alister Graham-Marr, Rob McLaughlin, Greg O’Dowd, Barnaby Ralph, Andrew Reimann, forum, “Ethnographic Perspectives for the Global Classroom,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Nagoya, November 21, 2010.

with Joseph Dias, “A Blended Learning Approach to Listening,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Nagoya, November 20, 2010.

“Readers Theatre and Performing Genres,” Oscar Peterson Theatre, Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, September 20, 2010.

“Ethnicity and Canadian Culture,” guest lecturer, Faculty of Arts Department, Meiji University, Tokyo, 10 May 2011.

“Books in the 21st Century: Obsolescence or Renaissance?” E.H. Norman Library, Keynote Address, Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, November 2, 2009.

with Kazuko Namba, “Blended Instruction and Integrating Language Skills in Listening,” Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan, November 2, 2009.

with Joseph Dias, and Keita Kikuchi, “Blended Instruction and Integrating Language Skills in Listening,” Japan Association of College English Teachers, 7th Annual Convention, Kanto region, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, June 21, 2009.

with Rachal Barat, Kazuko Namba, and Joseph Dias, “Blended Instruction and Integrating Language Skills in Listening,” June 6, 2009, JALTcall, Toyo Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.

“Developing Discussion Tasks for the EFL Classroom,” Shizuoka Japan Association of Language Teachers, Shizuoka chapter, Japan, April 25, 2009. Chosen as the best chapter presentation in Shizuoka for 2009.

“Books in the 21st Century: Obsolescence or Renaissance?” E.H. Norman Library, 2009 Speaker series, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, January 29,  2009.

“Fieldtrips with Japanese Ethnographers,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Tokyo, Japan, November 2, 2008.

with Jon Dumovich, Alistair Graham-Marr, David McMurray, Rob McLaughlin, Greg O’Dowd, Andrew Reimann, “Diversity in Language Teaching,” forum, National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Tokyo, Japan, November 3, 2008.

“North of Hollywood: Teaching with Canadian Film,” annual conference of the Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Tokyo, 23 September, 2008.

“Possible Worlds: The Non-Fiction of Margaret Atwood,” plenary speech, Canada Project in Kyushu, Canada Studies centre in Kyushu at the Institute of Regional Studies, The International University of Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan, 17 May, 2008.

“Ethnicity and Canadian Culture,” guest lecturer, Faculty of Arts Department, Meiji University, Tokyo, 12 May 2008.

“Fieldtrips with Student Ethnographers,” workshop, TESOL Club, Hunter College, City University of New York, U.S.A., 1 April, 2008.“Adventures in Curriculum: Developing a Language Program,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Tokyo, Japan, November 25, 2007.

with Todd Rucyinsky, “Benchmarks for Student Discussions with DVDs,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2007.

“Diversity in Language Teaching,” forum, National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Tokyo, Japan, November 23, 2007.

with Todd Rucyinsky, “Benchmarks for Student Discussions,” annual conference of the Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Tokyo, 24 September, 2007.

“Small Group Discussions in the Language Classroom,” Japan Association of College English Teachers, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan, June 24, 2007.

“Perspectives on Canadian Culture,” Foreign Languages Department, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, April 3, 2007.

“Perspectives on Canadian Culture,” Harbin University of Science and Technology, International College, Harbin, People’s Republic of China, March 26, 2007.

“ESL and EFL Contexts,” keynote address, annual conference of the Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, 18 September, 2006.

“South Asian Novelists in Canadian Literature: Multiculturalism in Practice,” annual conference of the Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, 18 September, 2006.

“Writing Educational Articles,” workshop, TESOL Club, Hunter College, City University of New York, U.S.A., 24 March, 2006.

“Canada: Culture and Ethnicity, Lecture,” Faculty of Arts Department, Meiji University, Tokyo, 20 June 2005.

with Joseph Dias, “Classroom Fictions: Teachers and Students Writing,” workshop at the National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers in Japan, Shizuoka, Japan, November 24, 2003.

with Marlene Ernst, Keita Kikuchi, “Listeners’ Choice: Survey and Revision in a College Listening Course,” workshop at the National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Shizuoka, Japan, November 23, 2003.        

with Marlene Ernst, Keita Kikuchi, “Listeners’ Choice: Survey and Revision in a College Listening Course,” workshop at the annual conference of the Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, September 23, 2003.                                                              

with Joseph Dias, “Classroom Fictions: Teachers and Students Writing,” workshop at the annual conference of the Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, September 23, 2003.

“Tape-assisted Mini-conferencing,” workshop at the National conference of the the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Shizuoka, Japan, November 24, 2002.

“Peer Editing and Teacher Response: Research and Practice,” in-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and parttime teachers in the Integrated English program at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, April 13, 2002.

“An Action Research Cycle in an EAP Listening Course,” Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham, England, February 27, 2002.

“Tasking the Curriculum,” Post-Graduate Week Program, Faculty of Education, University of Nottingham, England, February 26, 2002.

“Northern Sights: Canadian Film Scripts in the Classroom,” Ideas from the North Conference, the Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Canadian embassy, Tokyo, September 24, 2001.

with Cohen, V., Hilson, T., Himbury, S., Whittle, J. “An Action Research Cycle in an Academic Skills Course,” Ideas from the North Conference, the Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, Canadian embassy, Tokyo, September 24, 2001.

“Teaching Overseas and Task-Based Syllabuses,” Education 478 guest lecture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., July 30, 2001.

“A Demonstration of the Easy Grade Pro Marking Program,” in-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and parttime teachers in the Integrated English program at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, April 7, 2001.

“A Holistic Rating Scale for The Integrated English Book Report,” in-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and part-time teachers in the Integrated English program at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, April 7, 2001.

“Reading and Discussion Circles,” workshop at the National conference of the the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Shizuoka, Japan, November 5, 2000.

with Cohen, V., Kringle, R., Himbury, S., Whittle, J., “Action Research in an Academic Listening Course,” paper at the National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Shizuoka, Japan, November 5, 2000.

“True North: Canlit Courses for Content-based ESOL Teaching,” workshop at the annual conference for the Association for Canadian Teachers in Japan, Columbia High School, Tokyo, April 29, 2000.

“Hollywood North: Using Canadian Videos for the Classroom,” workshop at the annual conference for the Association for Canadian Teachers in Japan, Columbia High School, Tokyo, April 29, 2000.

 “Integrated English Writing I, II Holistic Rating Workshop,” in-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and parttime teachers in the Integrated English program at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, April 8, 2000.

with Whittle, J., “Integrated English Discussion Rating Workshop,” in-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and parttime teachers in the Integrated English program at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, April 8, 2000.

“Comparing Tasks and Skills in Developing Discussions,” with Whittle, J., Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, National Conference, Vancouver, Canada, March 14, 2000.

“Talking Round the Table,” Yokohama Chapter of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Yokohama, Japan, November 14, 1999.

with Whittle, J., “Listen in: Developing Academic Lecture Videos,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan, 1999, October 11.

with Whittle, J., “Videotaped Lectures for Developing Academic Listening Skills,” annual conference of the Association of Canadian Teachers of Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan, 1999, April 29.

with Robinson, P., and Whittle, J., “Looking at Real World Tasks,” National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Sonic City Convention Centre, Omiya, Japan, 1998, November 23.

“Talking It Through: Developing Small Group Discussion,” annual conference of the Association of Canadian Teachers of Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, 1998, May 17.

“Peer Evaluation Through Video,” annual conference of the Association of Canadian Teachers of Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, 1998, May 17.

“Integrated English Writing Workshop,” in-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and parttime teachers in the Integrated English program at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, 1998, April 11.

with Himbury, S. "Getting the Big Picture: Holistic Assessments in Speaking and Writing," National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Convention centre, Hamamatsu, Japan, 1997, October 10.

with Himbury, S., "Getting the Big Picture: Holistic Assessments in Speaking and Writing," Japan Association of Language Teachers, West Tokyo Chapter, 1997, June 16.

"The Writing Process in the Integrated English Program," in-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and parttime teachers in the Integrated English Program at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, 1997, April 12.

with Morrison, G., Charron, C., Nikolai, B., Lambert, N., and Smith, A., "Using Canadian Materials in the Classroom, a colloquium," Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan, colloquium at National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, International Conference Centre, Hiroshima, Japan, 1996, November 2.

"Once Upon a Time...Reading with Story Grammar,” workshop at National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, International Conference Centre, Hiroshima, Japan, 1996, November 3.

with Ellis, J., "Eikaiwa: Teaching English in Japan," presentation at the B.C. Teachers of English as an Additional Language, Vancouver, B.C., 1996, March 8.

"Communicative Activities in the Reading Classroom," workshop at the B.C. Teachers of English as an Additional Language, Vancouver, B.C., 1996, March 8.

"Integrated English Writing Workshop," in-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and parttime teachers in the Integrated English program at Aoyama Gakuin University, 1996, April 12.

"Communicative Activities in the Reading Classroom," workshop at the National conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, International Conference Centre, Nagoya, Japan, 1995, November 5.

with Mills, G., Woodward, W., "New Approaches in Language Testing," teacher training seminar; testing terms, reliability and validity in testing, creating listening, reading, and writing items. University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, Yamagata Women's Junior College, Yamagata, 1995, August 2-5.

"Adapting Mosaic I: Reading Activities," in-service workshop at the annual teacher orientation for fulltime and parttime teachers in the Integrated English program at Aoyama Gakuin University, 1995, April 8.

"The Writing Game," workshop at the Tokyo chapter of the Japan Association of Language Teachers, Showa University, 1994, November 20.

"Interactions: The Reading Process," McGraw Hill, workshop at the Tokyo English Language Book Fair, Tokyo, 1994, October 22.

"Writing Gameship: Teaching Writing in Small Groups," workshop at the Association of Canadian Teachers of Japan, Tokyo, 1994, May 22.

"Teaching EFL: China and Japan," guest lecturer, Practicum and Seminar in Applied Linguistics, University of Victoria, B.C., 1993, September 8.

"Getting an Earful: Teaching Genres and Listening Techniques in ESL/EFL," workshop at the B.C. Teachers of English as an Additional Language, annual conference, Victoria, British Columbia, 1993, March 18.

with McDonald, S., "The Writing Process and Exam Essay Writing," Canada-China Language Centre, in-service workshop for teachers at Beijing Normal University, 1992, November 11.

"Recreation in The Pacific Northwest," slideshow and lecture at the Southwest Petroleum Institute, Nanchong, Sichuan province, China, 1992, September 17.

with Savard, M., "Reading Teaching and the Reading Process," seminar at the Beijing Union College, Beijing, 1992, June 19.

with Dawei, M., and Smith, A., "Pre-reading, Reading, and Consolidation Activities," teachers' workshop at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 1992, June 17.

"Lessons from the Reading Classroom: Part 2," presentation at the Beijing Union College, Beijing, 1992, June 5.

"The Canadian Lifestyle," slide show and lecture at the Beijing Medical College, Beijing, 1992, May 21.

"Lessons from the Reading Classroom: Part 1," presentation at the Beijing Union College, Beijing, 1992, May 15.

"Using Video in the Classroom," Canada-China Language Centre, in-service workshop at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 1992, March 25.

with Gatbonten, B. "Curriculum Implementation in China," Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, National Conference '92, Vancouver, Canada, 1992, March 6.

"Techniques in Learning English," presentation at the Beijing Medical College, Beijing, 1991, September 27.

"The Chilkoot Trail and the Klondike Gold Rush," Outdoor Education Adventure Travel Series, Aberthau Community Centre, Vancouver, Canada, 1990, September 5.

"Preparing for the English 12 Provincial Examination," North Shore Continuing Education, Vancouver, Canada. 1990, June 2.

"The Chilkoot Trail and the Klondike Gold Rush," Outdoor Education Adventure Travel Series, West End Community Centre, Vancouver Parks Board, Vancouver, Canada, 1989, November 7.

"Holistic Writing Assessments," Vancouver YMCA College, Vancouver, Canada, 1989, October 17.

"Preparing for the English 12 Provincial Examination," North Shore Continuing Education, Vancouver, Canada, 1989, May 12.

"New Research in the Teaching of Writing," in-service workshop at the Vancouver YMCA College, Vancouver, Canada, 1989, May 5.

"Hiking the West Coast Trail," Outdoor Education Series, Vancouver Parks Board, West End Community Centre, Vancouver, Canada, 1989, January 24.

"Using Small Group Work in the Classroom: English and Mathematics," teachers' workshop at the Vancouver YMCA College, Vancouver, Canada, 1987, March 14.

  

THEATRE AND LITERARY READINGS

Writer. “Wrong Place, Wrong Time.” New York City Playwrights Spring Fundraiser, New York City, 2008, May 10.

Writer. “Legacies.” New York City Playwrights Spring Fundraiser, New York City, 2008, May 10.

Writer. “The Magic Fan: Japanese Folk Tales.” Tokyo Theatre for Children, Tokyo, various elementary schools, 2008, April.

Director and writer. “Short Cuts” (Including “Drum Beat”), staged reading, Tokyo International Players, Pink Cow Art Space,

            Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2007.

 Writer. “Drum Beat” in “Friends & Enemies Are All the Same,” an evening of one-act plays, Ciona Taylor Productions, The Gene

             Frankel Theatre, New York City, March 22, 2007.

 Writer. “Canadian Night,” Bobbies’ Bar, featured guest, reading from Flying Colours: The Toni

Onley Story, Tokyo, Japan, May 25, 2003.

 “Stealing from the Truth,” reading fiction, and excerpts from Flying Colours: The Toni Onley Story, Temple University, Japan.,

                May 30, 2003,

 Writer and Director. “Stormy Weather: Fred Varley,” a one-act play about F. H. Varley, the boozing genius of the Group of Seven,

                Canada’s most famous landscape painters, for the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Festival, September 6-15, 2002.