Narratives: Raising the Happiness Quotient

The PanSIG 2015 Conference of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) will be taking place next weekend (May 16-17) at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. (SIG stands for Special Interest Group – there are 27 SIGs in JALT, based on various academic, research and pedagogical interests.) Working alongside with Tom Gorham, who runsContinue reading “Narratives: Raising the Happiness Quotient”

Cross-border educational initiative launched in Japan. Meanwhile on Saturn…

Giving high-school students the opportunity to experience the fun and the challenge of working in remote, multicultural teams. That’s the objective of an international collaboration between Alma College in Michigan (USA), Omi Brotherhood High School in Shiga (Japan) and SkypeRead. Alma College has won a $5 million grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A.Continue reading “Cross-border educational initiative launched in Japan. Meanwhile on Saturn…”

A brief history of cross-border scientific teamwork

This is a 3-minute version of a 1-hour presentation I did at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference earlier this month (University of Reading, UK). The brilliant Galileo was the father of modern science. But he wasn’t exactly the father of cross-border scientific teamwork. He refused to lend a telescope to Johannes Kepler, theContinue reading “A brief history of cross-border scientific teamwork”

Copernicus 2.0: native-speakers are no longer the centre of the English-speaking universe

This weekend I presented the results of our first “Europa Report” read-through at the Association for Teaching English through Movies (ATEM) Nishi-Nihon Conference, which was held at Hyogo University of Teacher Education here in Japan. Here are some highlights. Images: Start Motion Pictures; Magnet Releasing; NASA; JPL; Jan Matejko; Stockfresh; morgueFile The Greek philosopher andContinue reading “Copernicus 2.0: native-speakers are no longer the centre of the English-speaking universe”

“Collaborate! Communicate! Improving cross-border communication and teamworking within STEM”

I’m going to be presenting the above paper on International Day (“Science Education without Frontiers”) at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference 2015 (University of Reading, UK, 7-10 January). Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls I’ll be talking about the results of our SkypeRead:Europa project. With the support of Start Motion Pictures, we’re bringing together STEMContinue reading ““Collaborate! Communicate! Improving cross-border communication and teamworking within STEM””

Language, emotion and social connection

“In an era where mankind seems to be faltering, to be viewing the future with fear, we stepped forward and attempted something bold.” This is the opening line from the script of the movie Europa Report. It was also the opening line to my pecha-kucha presentation (20 slides x 20 seconds per slide) at theContinue reading “Language, emotion and social connection”