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Program Managers

Program Managers share responsibility for syllabus design and development, teacher training, and program evaluation.

Peter Brereton

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Peter Brereton earned his DELTA in 2013 and is currently working towards his MA TESOL at the University of Nottingham. Peter taught in Germany, France, Latvia, Ireland, Australia, and Spain before moving to Japan in 2012, working as University Course Coordinator prior to joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include professional development, and materials evaluation and design.

Jamie Lesley

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Jamie Lesley earned his MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Leicester University in 2012. Jamie taught in the UK and America before coming to Japan in 2003 where he has worked in various teaching, training and management positions. He joined Rikkyo University's Center for English Discussion in 2014. His research interests include intercultural communication, language testing, and professional development.

Matthew Schaefer

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Matthew Y. Schaefer earned his DELTA in 2008 and his MA TESOL from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in 2013. Matthew taught in France, Italy, and Spain, and worked as a Director of Studies in the UK before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include professional development, including peer observation systems, and learner assessment.

Davey Young

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Davey Young earned his MA in TESOL from Seattle Pacific University in 2010. Davey worked with immigrant and refugee ESL students in Seattle public schools and taught at universities in the U.S. and China before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion in 2012. His current research interests include interactional competence and turn-taking, topic interest, and materials and curriculum development.

Instructors

Instructors are responsible for classroom teaching and assessment. They also participate in a range of instructor development activities.

Jason Arndt

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Jason Arndt earned his Master of Science in Education (concentration in TESOL) from Temple University Japan in 2015. Jason taught at the university level in Tokyo before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current teaching interests include conversation, discussion, and study abroad preparation. His current research interests are self-directed learning.

Devon Arthurson

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Devon Arthurson earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba in 2008. Devon taught in high school in Osaka before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current teaching and research interests include fostering learner autonomy and cross-cultural elements in the learning environment.

Brad Barker

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Brad Barker earned his MA in TESOL from Deakin University in 2011. Brad taught at other universities in Tokyo before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include critical thinking and learner autonomy.

Anna Bordilovskaya

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Anna Bordilovskaya earned her PhD from Kobe University in 2015. Anna taught English to students of various levels in Russia and Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include language contact between English and Japanese, especially English loanwords and hybrid words (wasei-eigo) in Japanese and Japanese loanwords in English.

Andrew Brown

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Andrew Brown earned his MA TESOL from Sookmyung Graduate School of TESOL in 2013. Andrew taught at various institutes in South Korea and in Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include peer-to-peer negotiated interaction and computer-assisted language learning.

Jon Buck

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Jon Buck earned his M.A. from King’s College London (2012). Jon taught in the UK and Japan at various universities and language schools before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include learner corpora and EAP.

Jianwen Chen

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Jianwen Chen earned his MSc in Applied Linguistics from The University of Bristol (2012). Jianwen taught at high schools and vocational schools before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include motivation studies, fostering creativity in the classroom, and the globalisation of English.

Meghan Donnelly

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Meghan G. Donnelly earned her master’s degree in TESOL from The New School in 2015. Meghan taught in the USA, China, and South Korea before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion Class. Her current interests include pronunciation, critical thinking, and teaching ethics.

Julia Fearn-Wannan

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Julia Fearn-Wannan earned her Master of Applied Linguistics from the University of Queensland in 2014. Julia taught at language schools in Vietnam, Australia and Japan before joining Rikkyo University's Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include use of logic in second language speaking and writing, and student motivation.

Nicole Gallagher

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Nicole Gallagher completed her MA TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham in 2015, and taught English language classes at both high school and universities in Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion in Fall 2015. Her current teaching interests include teacher beliefs, learner development, and critical thinking.

Lina Gordyshevskaya

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Lina Gordyshevskaya earned her MA in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2015. She also passed CELTA in 2016. Lina taught in language schools in Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include language acquisition by students with different learning styles.

Natalie Gravillis

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Natalie M. Gravillis earned her MA in Education (Applied Linguistics) from The Open University (in 2014) in addition to her DELTA (University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, 2010). Natalie taught in universities and language schools in London, Leeds and Tokyo before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include language learning motivation and multimodality.

Matthew Hartley

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Matthew Hartley earned his MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Sheffield in 2009. Matthew taught in language centers and universities throughout Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion in 2016. He is currently interested in the psychology of language learning, in particular learner motivation.

Marc Hasstedt

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Marc Hasstedt earned his MA TESOL from the University of Washington in 2016. Marc taught international and immigrant ESL students at the university and college level in Seattle before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include learner autonomy, motivation, and L2 learner identity.

Jeff Holtzkener

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Jeff Holtzkener earned his M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Toronto. Before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion, he taught at other Japanese universities. His current research interests include negotiation of meaning, and learner and instructor preferences and styles.

Ian Hurrell

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Ian Hurrell earned his Masters in TEFL/TESL with Distinction from The University of Birmingham in 2012. Ian taught in various Japanese universities, high schools and private language schools before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include the development of learner autonomy and the application of social psychology research in TEFL.

Kio Iwai

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Kio Iwai earned her MA TESOL from Institute of Education, University of London in 2014. Kio taught English in high schools, elementary schools and at various companies before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include learner beliefs and collaborative learning.

Takeshi Kajigaya

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Takeshi Kajigaya earned his M.A. in Second Language Studies from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2014. Takeshi taught English in various contexts from private tutoring to a university in Japan, the U.S., and China before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include Japan’s English language education policy and language ideology.

Yurika Kambe

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Yurika Kambe earned her MA of Linguistics from the University of Tsukuba in 2005 and MA of English Language Teaching from the University of Reading in 2009. Yurika taught in a junior high school and universities before joining Rikkyo University's Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include comparative linguistics and L1 influence in language learning.

Nick Kasparek

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Nick Kasparek earned an MA from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 2012 and an MEd from the University of North Dakota in 2017. Nick primarily taught at the university level and for academic English tutoring services before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include language play and creativity, collaboration, and global issues content-based instruction.

Alan Kean

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Alan Kean holds an MA in Education (Applied Linguistics) from The Open University (2015) and a DELTA (University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, 2014). Alan taught in universities and language schools in South Korea, the UK and Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include systemic functional linguistics and language testing.

Hugh Kirkwood

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Hugh Kirkwood earned his MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Nottingham in 2015. Hugh Kirkwood taught in two Japanese public elementary schools before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current teaching interests include cultural exchange in language classrooms and teachers’ listening roles.

Shoko Kita

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Shoko Kita earned her MA in TESOL from San Francisco State University in 2013. Shoko Kita taught EAP in San Francisco and Tokyo before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include CLT in EFL contexts, professional development, curriculum development, and NNESTs.

Tobias Long

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Tobias Long earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland (2000). Tobias taught conversation courses in university and business English in Japanese and multinational companies before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current teaching interests include the use of technology in education, rapport building strategies, and the use of corpus for specific purposes.

Anna Loseva

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Anna Loseva earned her MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Moscow City Pedagogical University in 2008. Anna taught in various contexts in Moscow to different age groups and language levels before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current teaching interests include Extensive Reading, developing cultural awareness, using social media, and reflecting on teaching and learning.

Christopher Mattson

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Christopher Mattson earned his Master’s of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University in 2014. Christopher taught mainly in secondary education before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include effective preparation, reading comprehension, and group dynamics.

Paul McEntee

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Paul McEntee earned his MA TESOL from Sunderland University in 2016. Paul taught in high schools and at universities in Tokyo before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His research and teaching interests include computer mediated communication, mobile/application based learning, and the role that technologies and social network systems play in the blended classroom and the language learning process.

Matthew McLaughlin

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Matthew McLaughlin earned his M. Sc. Ed. (TESOL) from Temple University Japan in 2012. Matthew taught English in various junior and senior high schools and conversation schools in Osaka and Kochi Prefectures before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include discourse analysis and qualitative ethnographic research.

Sayaka Morita

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Sayaka Morita earned her MA in TESOL from San Jose State University in 2017. Sayaka taught ESL, EFL, and academic writing in the U.S., Japan, and South Korea before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion Class. Her current research interests include curriculum design, English as a Lingua Franca, and bilingual/multilingual education.

Brandon Narasaki

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Brandon Narasaki earned his Master of Arts in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 2012. Brandon taught in several different university-level ESL and EFL programs before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include corrective feedback and motivation.

Christopher Nicklin

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Christopher Nicklin completed his MA in TESOL at Temple University, Tokyo in 2016. Christopher spent three years teaching at various universities in Tokyo before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion in 2016. His current research interests include corpus linguistics, vocabulary acquisition, and teaching speaking.

Timothy Opitz

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Timothy A. Opitz earned his Master’s Degree in TESOL from Arizona State University in 2013. Timothy taught EAP in intensive immersion programs before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include building and using corpora to inform pedagogy, contribute to understandings of SLA, and inform curriculum design.

Michael Peragine

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Michael Peragine is a licensed teacher in English K-12 and earned his MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University in 2016. Michael taught at various universities in Japan and public schools in Los Angeles before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion in 2017. His current research interests include literary theory and American modernist literature.

Sam Reid

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Sam Reid earned his Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham in 2011. Sam taught in a university in Tokyo before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include measuring agency in linguistic expressions of action.

Jamie Sturges

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Jamie G. Sturges earned her Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) from Old Dominion University (in 2006). Jamie taught in intensive English programs and special English programs at universities in the United States and Japan before joining Rikkyo University's Center for English Discussion. Her current research and teaching interests include professional development and materials development.

Hami Suzuki

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Hami Suzuki earned her MA in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii in Manoa in 2013. Hami taught in various university-level English programs in Thailand, Hawaii, and Oregon before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include language learner identity and motivation, teacher education, and course/materials development.

Eunice Tan

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Eunice Tan earned her B.A. in Literature from the National University of Singapore (in 2007). Eunice taught in Singapore, Mie and Osaka before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current teaching and research interests include task-based learning and educational technology.

Tracy-ann Tsuruoka

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Tracy-ann Tsuruoka earned her BSc in Medical Technology from the University of Technology, Jamaica in 2006. Tracy-ann taught in public high schools in Kanagawa before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion.

Hiroaki Umehara

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Hiroaki Umehara earned his Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Texas Tech University. Hiroaki taught Japanese language classes at a university in Texas before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current interests include critical thinking skills, academic and career counseling, and social entrepreneurship.

Aaron Ward

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Aaron Francis Ward earned his PhD. from Lincoln University in 2011. Aaron taught in New Zealand, Spain and Japan at the tertiary level before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests are in linguistic anthropology, aesthetics, design, and the role of social stratification and cultural participation in language learning and teaching.

Matthew Webster

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Matthew Webster earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from Nottingham Trent University 2006. He taught in the UK and Vietnam, as well as in Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current teaching interests include language learning motivation and learner development.

Travis West

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Travis West earned his BA in Philosophy from Western Washington University in 2007. Travis taught communicative English in America and Korea, as well as teaching English at several universities in the Tokyo area before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current teaching and research interests include student motivation, sociolinguistics, and ludic language in L2 acquisition.

Christopher Whiffin

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Chris earned his BA in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield in 2003. Chris taught in a private high school before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS) and metaphor use in political discourse.

John White

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John White earned his BA in TESOL and Cambridge CELTA in 2006. He taught at various institutions in Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion Class. His current research interests include approaches in teaching, student motivation and pronunciation strategies.