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Samantha Green

サマンサ先生

Samantha Green grew up in Maryland in America. She earned her bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese Language and Culture from Temple University, Tokyo campus. She later attained a master's degree in TESOL, after teaching English in Tokyo for 2 years. Samantha taught English as a Second Language at the University of Delaware before coming to Toyo University. She enjoys knitting, hiking, watching old movies and exploring new places.

 

Kia DeCou

キア先生Kia DeCou has recently started teaching a TOEFL course as well as Reading/Writing and Speaking/Listening in the Special Course in Advanced TOEFL at Toyo University.  Previous to coming to Japan, she was an English Language Fellow training teachers  at Inonu University in Turkey.  She has taught English literature, research writing, teaching methodology, civic engagement, and photography courses in the United States, Turkey, Japan and Colombia.  Her current research interests include higher-order thinking skills in language classrooms, the effects of student autonomy on learning and differing assumptions and expectations between students and instructors from different educational backgrounds.

 Joël  Laurier

       

ロリエJoël Laurier is a native of Ottawa, Canada. He is of French-Canadian heritage and a balanced bilingual in French and English. He has a B.A. and a B. Ed. from the University of Ottawa and a MA (TESOL) from Teachers College Columbia University. He is the 2011 John F. Fanselow Scholarship recipient from Teachers College Columbia University and a 2013 Kagan Academy Cooperative Learning Scholarship winner. His research interests include cooperative learning, language policy and bilingualism. He is the co-editor of the SIG Focus column in The Language Teacher. 

 

Robert Morel

 モレルRobert Morel grew up near Chicago, Illinois and has taught in the Czech Republic and Japan. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a M.A. TESOL from Teachers College Columbia University. His current research interests are based on the relationship between community involvement, second language development, and development of an intercultural identity. In addition to language teaching, he is interested in local tourism development and the preservation of traditional neighborhoods and communities. Robert currently co-edits the SIG Focus column in JALT’s The Language Teacher.

Steven Brooks

ブルックスSteven Brooks is originally from Bath in the UK. As well as holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Studies and a Master of Arts degree in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing, he is also currently studying for an MA in TESOL from the University of Nottingham. Steven has taught for several universities in the Tokyo area, and has previous teaching experience in the UK and Poland. In his free time he enjoys traveling to new places, eating good food, watching cricket, and taking care of his young son. His professional interests include materials development and pragmatics within the field of English for Academic Purposes.

Ivan Botev

testIvan Botev was born and raised in the oldest, still inhabited city in Europe — Plovdiv, Bulgaria. At the age of 18, he decided to pursue a B.A. degree in Photojournalism at the University of Central Oklahoma, USA. While with the Saitama City Board of Education and teaching at public elementary and junior high schools here in Japan, he completed his M. Ed. in English Language and Methodology at the University of Plovdiv. Currently, Ivan is a PhD candidate in Regional Development Studies and is studying picturebooks as a community education tool. He is also a recipient of Toyota Foundation research funding, which further helps his research of and contribution to young learners' formal and non-formal education in his native Bulgaria. He is married, with two children.