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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 his MA TESOL from the University of Nottingham in 2018. 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.

Alex Blumenstock

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Alex Blumenstock earned his M.A. English and TESOL certificate from East Tennessee State University in 2015. Alex taught four-skills classes to Japanese university students in Kansai before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include learner autonomy, the role of L1 in L2 acquisition, and meaningful uses of discourse analysis in the classroom.

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.

Tim Connell

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Tim Connell earned his MA in Linguistics from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 2014. Tim taught General English, IELTS and EAP courses in New Zealand before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current teaching and research interests include positive psychology in L2 acquisition, learner motivation and intercultural communication.

Paul Curran

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Paul Curran earned his MA in Creative Writing on an APA scholarship from the University of Queensland and has a DipTESOL. Paul taught at schools and universities in Australia, Japan, and the UK before joining Rikkyo University's Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include contemporary fiction, mixed-media collaborations, Creative Writing in TESOL, and teacher development.

Paul Duffill

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Paul Duffill earned his Master of Letters in Peace and Conflict Studies from Sydney University in 2013. Paul taught at universities in Australia and Tokyo before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current teaching and research interests include peacebuilding; human rights; English language journalism; active learning, project studies and simulations in English education around social issues; and ESL.

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.

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 various language schools in Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include motivation, individual differences, gender in ELT, CPD, and reflective practice.

Ian Hart

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Ian Hart earned his BA (Hons) in Design from Leeds University in 2006. Ian taught at various institutions, such as private universities/high-schools before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. He has also taught in other countries, including China and India, after becoming certified in TEFL. His current research interests include professional development, materials/course development, and learner motivation.

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.

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 a college, 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 classroom management.

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.

Samuel King

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Samuel King earned his Master of Teaching from the University of New England (2016) and his Master of Applied Linguistics with Distinction from the University of Newcastle (2017). Samuel taught at a university in Australia and various institutions in Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include developing intercultural communicative competence through meta-pragmatic instruction.

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.

Yusha Lu

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Yusha Lu earned her MA in TESOL from Arizona State University (in 2017). Yusha taught at university level in China before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include motivation studies and promoting interaction in the classroom.

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.

Debbie Maxfield

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Debbie Maxfield earned her BA (Hons) English from Manchester Metropolitan University. Debbie taught at other universities in Tokyo and worked in materials development before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current research interests include how the development of language contributed to human evolution and Modern Literature.

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.

Stephanie Mikamo

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Stephanie Mikamo earned her Bachelor of East Asian Studies from the University of California, Irvine in 2012. Stephanie taught in a high school in Chiba prefecture before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. Her current teaching interests include student motivation and learner autonomy.

Russell Minshull

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Russell Minshull earned his Trinity TESOL Diploma in 2016 and is currently studying for his Master’s in TESOL. He arrived in Japan in 2013 and worked for five years as an ALT and a university teacher before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current interests in teaching are assessment and critical thinking.

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.

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.

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 student motivation and goal-oriented feedback.

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.

Justin Rooks

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Justin Rooks earned his MA of Applied Linguistics from The University of Southern Queensland in 2015. Justin taught in universities and high schools both in Australia and Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current teaching and research interests include cultural studies, semiotics, and sociolinguistics.

Robert Smith

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Robert Smith earned his MA Applied Linguistics from the University of New South Wales in 2012. Robert taught in language schools in Australia and a university in Japan before joining Rikkyo University’s Center for English Discussion. His current research interests include collaborative learning, pragmatics, action research and intercultural communication.

Jamie Sturges

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Jamie G. Sturges earned her Master of Arts in 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 teaching and research interests include peer feedback, goal setting, 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.

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.

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.