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.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Nicole Gallagher has spent the past nine years teaching at universities and high schools in Kanagawa, Kumamoto, and now Tokyo.She holds a BA in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Toronto,as well as a MA in TESOL from the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research interests include curriculum development,narrative inquiry, and reflective practice. Aside from education, she is a lover of language, reading, running, and going to the cinema.
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 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 also has 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.
Jonathan Buck has a Bachelors in English and American Studies from Keele University and a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from King's College London. He has worked at a variety of universities in Japan and the UK. He is currently doing research into learner corpora and English speaking skills for English for Academic Purposes.
In his free time he likes travelling around Japan searching for the ultimate ramen.
Katsuichiro “Ken” Ohashi has a BA in Economics from Shinshu University. He also has a MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) from Macquarie University. Currently he is working toward a Ph.D in Education at Temple University, Japan Campus. His has a wide range of research interests including vocabulary, testing, cognitive linguistics, bilingualism, and teacher training. He also enjoys conducting classroom research aimed to identifying effective teaching methods and activities that benefit his students’ learning. Aside from teaching English, Ken has a diverse professional background working in international sales divisions in Japanese companies and is also a certified scuba diving instructor. In his free time he enjoys bouldering.
Matthew Wilson grew up in the picturesque English Lake District before moving to Scotland to study with Stirling University where he graduated with a BA in English Studies. Returning to England, he was awarded a post graduate certificate in education from Anglia Polytechnic University and has since received an MA in English for Academic Purposes from the University of Nottingham. For the past six years, Matthew has worked with a variety of Tokyo universities including Rikkyo University and Tokyo Kasei University. His research interests include teacher perceptions of the classroom, the role of culture in education and the role of critical pedagogy in the EAP classroom.