Scott is a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years' experience in English language
teaching. He is currently Associate Professor of English Language Studies at the New School in New
York, teaching on an on-line MATESOL program. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher
training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and his native New Zealand. Scott's writing credits include several
award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology including The A-Z of ELT, How to Teach
Grammar and Teaching Unplugged. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP)
and was also the co-founder of the dogme ELT group, whose archived website, called Teaching
Unplugged, can be found here. Scott
currently leads a fascinating community at the popular and thought-provoking blog,
An A-Z of ELT.
Adrian Doff has taught English and trained teachers in Finland, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Egypt,
Germany and the UK. He has written a wide range of EFL coursebooks, supplementary books and teacher
training material, mostly for Cambridge University Press. These include the coursebooks Meanings
into Words, Language in Use and English Unlimited, the teacher-training book Teach English, the
listening skills books in the Cambridge Skills for Fluency series and the self-study reference and
practice series Language Links. He is currently living in Germany and working as a free-lance writer
and teacher trainer, and works as a tutor on training courses for the CELTA and DELTA certificates.
Adrian brings vast experience in teacher training to the iTDi online platform context.
Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
Barbara has taught both English and ESL in the United States and EFL in Japan for more than 25
years. She earned her BA from Western Oregon University and her Masters in TESOL from Northern
Arizona University. Barbara has conducted workshops throughout Asia, the U.S. and Latin America, and
is co-author of the best-selling young learners Let's Go series (Oxford University Press). She is
also a founding member of the JALT Teaching Children special interest group. Her motto is "Always
try new things," so these days, when she's not teaching, writing, or giving workshops; you'll often
find Barbara online exploring the potential of social media for professional development. If you'd
like to explore with her, you can usually find Barbara on her award winning blog,
Steven has been teaching within the Japanese EFL context since 1989. Having over 20 years
teaching experience at the elementary and secondary school level, he is currently an assistant
professor in the International Studies department at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts. He is
also extremely active in professional development within the ELT community. He co-founded MASH
Collaboration in 2007, an online community devoted to professional development through
collaboration. He is an avid user of Skype and can often be heard saying, "Collaboration creates
just the right amount of tension to get lots done." He also spends time editing numerous articles,
academic volumes and proceedings, and leading teacher training seminars for various companies
throughout Japan. Steven works from the perspective that, "being a teacher means a never-ending
commitment to learning".
Lesley has taught both English in the Taiwan, Japan and The United States. She taught EFL in
Japan for 15 years. She earned her Masters in TESOL from The School for International Training in
Vermont. Lesley has also worked for Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press,
producing books to teach children English. Lesley's real love is teacher training, and she has
conducted teacher-training workshops throughout Asia, the U.S. and Latin America. She believes that
no student cares what you know until they know you care. Her motto is "Explore" so you can find
Lesley exploring art at The Met Museum in New York City as a volunteer, and doing her best to
explore the gym...without much success!
Nicola started her teaching career in Barcelona, Spain in 1999. She is still based there and is
now a freelance teacher and teacher trainer. Nicola's current roles include Course Director of a
Diploma TESOL course, designing online courses for teachers and learners, tutoring on Cert. TESOL
courses and coaching ESP learners. As well as helping to organize local teacher development events,
Nicola has delivered workshops all over Spain for primary and secondary school teachers on a variety
of topics. She has also written a wide range of articles and teaching materials. Her current area
of research interest is in involving language learners more in teacher training courses and she
recently presented on this topic at the IATEFL conference.
Eric is a teacher, teacher trainer and author with 20 years of experience. He is the founder and
president of ELF Learning, an education company based in Japan
which creates music, video and materials for young learners. ELF's publications include Think Read
Write, Kids Songs 1, Lily and the Moon. ELF also has a YouTube Channel
for children with over 20 million views worldwide. Eric has given over 30 presentations at the
local, regional and national level in Japan and Indonesia on a variety of topics related to the
young learner classroom.
John F. Fanselow
John became involved in ESOL by becoming a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa. Upon completion
of Ph.D. at Columbia University, Teachers College, he joined the faculty. At Teachers College, his
main interest was observation and analysis of interactions, both inside and outside of classrooms.
"Beyond Rashomon" and "Let's see", two of his seminal articles in the TESOL Quarterly, have been
reprinted in many anthologies. "Beyond Rashomon" was the basis of Breaking Rules (Longman, 1987) and
"Let's See" was the basis of Contrasting Conversations (Longman, 1992, reprinted 2010). Try the
Opposite (SIMUL, 1992, reprinted 2010) grew out of his work with teachers in Japan. He has been
active professionally, serving as president of TESOL International and president of New York TESOL.
Chuck is a teacher, teacher trainer, author & educational activist with 30 years of experience in
the US, Japan and Brazil. His many publications include the Passages and Connect series from
Cambridge University Press and the Active Skills For Communication series from Cengage Learning. He
is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops around the world. Chuck believes that positive
change in education happens one student, one classroom, and one school at a time, and that it arises
most readily out of dialogue and in collaboration with other educators. This is the reason he has
built a Facebook group with over 9000 teachers from 24 countries that meet for ongoing educational
discussions. It is also the reason he has worked to introduce Design For Change into Taiwan,
Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, and Russia.
Gareth has worked in the education field in Asia for more than twenty years. Leaving London and a
career at British Telecom, Gareth headed to Tokyo to work in educational publishing and training. He
co-founded a highly successful corporate training venture within a leading Japanese educational
publisher. He joined Cambridge University Press in Tokyo and led their sales and marketing drive
into the Japanese market. Armed with an MSc in Teaching English, Gareth moved to Bangkok in 1997 and
lectured post-graduate linguistics at Srinakharinwirot University. During this spell, Gareth
authored two textbook series published by Cambridge. In 2000, Gareth rejoined Cambridge to build
sales channels and marketing throughout Southeast Asia for educational product. He became the Asia
group director for Cambridge Learning.
Kate has taught English for over 20 years in Spain, Tanzania, Bolivia, Brazil, and Ecuador. She
earned her Bachelor's and post-graduate degrees from the University of London and the University of
York (UK). Kate has written a variety of successful EFL coursebooks, supplementary books, and
teacher's materials. Her co-publications include: Interchange Teacher's Editions (Cambridge
University Press), Mastermind workbooks (Macmillan) and Teacher Resource Books for Kid's Box (CUP).
She is author of two Student Books for the new primary series Our World (National Geographic
Learning). Kate has conducted workshps, seminars and plenaries in 23 countries in Latin America, the
Middle East, and Asia. she currently lives in Ecuador and works as a freelance author, teacher, and
Frances is a teacher and trainer, though she currently spends much of her time writing EFL
materials: in the past few years she has contributed to website materials, written teachers' books,
resource materials and she has also worked on student books, mainly for Macmillan publishers. She
has spent many years working as a teacher and trainer in Hungary, Singapore, Oman and the UK, both
on pre-service and in-service courses. At some points in her life she can honestly say that she
'lived' for EFL! She still feels very passionate about it, but these days she also likes to pursue
other interests: She enjoys knitting and embroidery and also loves walking, yoga and travel.
Catherine Littlehale Oki
Catherine has taught EFL in Japan for 14 years. She has a BA from the University of Mary
Washington in Anthropology with a concentration in Gender Studies and her MA with Distinction in
Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York in England. She is co-author of the
new book series, Happy Valley, a 3 level course for kindergarten children, published by Modern
English. She currently teaches at Notre Dame Elementary School in Kyoto, Japan. She is also teaching
courses on Teaching English to Young Learners in the English Department at Konan Women's University,
in Kobe, Japan. Currently, she is the Membership Chair of the Teaching Children's Special Interest
Group of the Japan Association of English Teachers. She has trained teachers in Indonesia, Vietnam
and most extensively in Japan. Her motto is "upwards and onwards" so when she isn't teaching or
training, she is looking for new projects and learning opportunities. Catherine cherishes time for
yoga, family and her family of friends.
Theron is a teacher and researcher based in Japan, and is current an Associate Professor at the
University of Toyama, Japan. His publications include exploration of TBL, including a chapter in the
award-winning book, Teachers Exploring Tasks, and various essays on academic publishing. He is also
lead editor on two book projects related to EFL, including Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia,
published by Palgrave Macmillan. Currently, his research interests include investigating the
experiences of authors pursuing academic publication, journal review systems, and improvement of
distance MA programs. A Featured Speaker at JALT2011, he is active with JALT Publications, an
Associate Editor with the Asian ESP Journal, part of the University of Birmingham CELS Open Distance
Learning team, and an active member of MASH Collaboration, where he is an instructor for the online
MASH Academic Publishing course.