（Matthew W. Turner ）
I came to Japan in 2009 and have been teaching across many different educational contexts since. I have mainly taught at universities in Tokyo however I have also worked for private conversation schools and the British Council over the years. I graduated from the University of Chichester in the UK with a degree in English Language and Creative Writing. Following this, I progressed on to postgraduate Applied Linguistics degrees at the University of Leicester and the University of Warwick, also in the UK. I have also obtained different teaching qualifications related to English language teaching. As well as teaching, I host a podcast, coordinate a research group about teacher development, and actively conduct research projects.
-Brief Summary of Career（Profile）-
I have a variety of research interests, but my main ones are broadly related to applied linguistics and language teacher education. I am particularly focused on language teachers’ continuing professional development activities, reflective practice, and teaching English to learners with special educational needs. I am also interested in content-based language teaching and English for specific purposes, primarily related to the field of tourism.
-The Latest Research Theme and Activities-
I am currently researching the role of podcasting in English language teacher development. I am interested in the way that podcasts can be harnessed as tool for dialogic reflective practice for teachers, as a learning resource for educators, and as an interdisciplinary communication platform in the research fields of applied linguistics and ELT. Of late, I have started to explore how podcast production, as well as other forms of user-generated media, could feature in content and language integrated courses for learners, and how students may engage with the medium towards their own language learning and development.
In our faculty, I teach compulsory English classes for students in their first and second years. I have a particular interest in oral communication and mainly teach English Communication for freshmen and English Tourism Projects and Presentations for second year learners. Both of these classes encourage students to discuss and work in groups through the use of English. Both of these classes have an emphasis on developing learners’ fluency, collaborative, and creative skills, centered around class topics related to current affairs and the tourism industry.
-Message for Students-
I look forward to working with you during your time studying with us! Toyo University is a great institution to be a part of, and our faculty is blessed with having so many dedicated and expert language teaching lecturers and professors in the tourism and hospitality fields. There are many opportunities available for you at university, however you need to realize and find these for yourself. Don’t let these years pass you by, they’ll go so quickly! Take every chance you can to develop your skills, gain new knowledge, and make experiences at Toyo University. With regard to language learning, try to personalize your studies to your interests and goals as much as possible, and of course, don’t be afraid to take risks or make mistakes, and try to open and attentive to your development.