keynote & invited speakers / The Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan ACTJ

日本カナダ教育学会 ACTJ
The Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan / L'Association des Enseignants Canadiens au Japon


Keynote Speaker

brian.JPGDr. Brian D. Denman BA, BA, MA, PhD is the immediate past President of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES) and current Editor-in-Chief of the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives. He has written extensively on comparative and international education and higher education and has generated much interest in international university co-operation, cross-border higher education, and distance education. In 2008, he served as an UNESCO IIEP Visiting Fellow which involved his most current research interests concerning cross-border provisions of higher education.

Research interests
• Comparative and international education
• International higher education policy;
• Globalisation and internationalisation of higher education; and
• New fields of inquiry


2009 University of New England International Conference Travel Grant
2007 International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives. Seed Funding Grant from The World Council on Comparative Education Societies and matched by The University of New England ($10,000)
2006 University of New England International Conference Travel Grant
2005 Consultant for the establishment of an Arab-Christian university based in Israel. Mar Elias Educational Institutions, Ibillin, Israel (7-11 November 2005)
2005 - 2007 University of New England University Research Grant ($7,000). "Investigate Case Study Analysis on Distance Higher Education in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States"

Selected Publications

Denman, Brian D., (2009). "Higher Education by Distance: Opportunities and challenges at national and international levels". Report to the Observatory for Borderless Higher Education, London (February 2009).

Denman, Brian D., (2009). “Comparative and International Education Research in Australia and New Zealand”. In: The Australia and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES) Conference Proceedings. Entering the Age of an Educational Renaissance: Unity of purpose or further discord, (24-27 Nov 2009), Armidale, Australia.

Denman, Brian D., Marie Loller, & Rebecca Spence (2008). “Mar Elias, Israeli-Arab Christians, and the Sign of the White Dove”. In: International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, Vol 9, No 2 (December 2008).

Denman, Brian D., and Singye Namgyel (2008). “Convergence of Monastic and Modern Education in Bhutan?” In: International Review of Education, Vol 54, Christopher McIntosh, ed. UNESCO, Paris: 475-491.

Denman, Brian D., (2007). “The Emergence of World and Offshore Universities and Other Cross-Border Higher Education”. In: International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, Vol 8, No 3 (December 2007): 3-18.

Denman, Brian D., (2006). “The Apples and Oranges Debate: Comparative Education and Australia”. In: The Australia and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES) Conference Proceedings. Global Governance, Educational Change, and Cultural Ecology, (30 Nov-3 Dec 2006), Canberra, Australia.

Denman, Brian D., (2005). “What is a University in the 21st Century?” In: Higher Education Management and Policy, vol 17, no 2. Michael Shattock, ed. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, pp. 9-28.

Invited Speaker

Anthony Fenton.jpgDr. Charles Browne, BA, MEd, EdD is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and Director of the EFL Teacher Education Program at Meiji Gakuin University. Over the past 25 years that he has worked in Japan he has published over 30 research articles and books including “New Perspectives in CALL for Second Language Classrooms” (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004), more than a dozen EFL textbooks, and a monthly column on issues in the Japanese EFL Classroom for the EigoKyoiku magazine published by Taishukan. His research areas include CALL, second language vocabulary acquisition, and the problems of secondary English education in Japan.

Invited Speaker

myles.JPGDr. Myles Chilton PhD is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Letters at Chiba University in Japan. His academic interests are in exploring relationships between contemporary world literature, globalized cultures, and pedagogy. He has published articles on modern Canadian, British and Japanese literary representations of global cities in Comparative Critical Studies, Studies in the Literary Imagination, The Journal of Narrative Theory, and forthcoming in Diaspora. He is presently at work on two book manuscripts, one on the uses of Toronto in Canadian literature, the other on issues surrounding literature and language pedagogy.

Invited Speaker

james.JPGDr. James P. Lassegard BA, MA, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Hosei University. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in Educational Policy and Administration, and a Ph.D. from Nagoya University in Educational Sociology. His academic interests relate to the internationalization of higher education, particularly examining the educational impact of academic exchanges of students and scholars. He was one of the original authors of the “Maximizing Study Abroad” series of books for students, language teachers and advisors. His doctoral research focused on the education and experiences of international students in Japan. His current teaching and research interests deal with the study abroad experiences of Japanese university students, their foreign language and intercultural education.

Invited Speaker

マクドナルド先生②.JPGDr. Lary MacDonald PhD is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of the World Language Center at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan. He teaches a variety of content-based and EAP courses to undergraduate students, and research methods and practicum for graduate students. Lary has worked in a variety of educational contexts including higher education, public schools in Japan, and non-profit educational institutions in the U.S. His dissertation (2006) focused on recent curriculum reforms in Japanese public education. His research interests include education policy reform and ESL/EFL theory and practice.

Invited Speaker

photo.jpgDr. Mayako Murai PhD is Associate Professor and Head of English Department at Kanagawa University. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from University College London with the thesis entitled ‘Telling Our Own Stories: Women, Desire, and Narrative in Fairy Tales (with Special Reference to the Works of Angela Carter and A. S. Byatt)’. Her current research considers the contemporary recasting of traditional fairy tales in literature and art. She recently edited Reading Gender Politics: Between Representation and Practice (Ochanomizushobo, 2010), and her chapter on the uses of fairy tales in contemporary Japanese art will appear in Contemporary Fictional Repurposings and Theoretical Revisitings of Fairy-Tales and Fantasies (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010, forthcoming).

Invited Speaker

Joseph Intro.jpgDr. Joseph Shaules PhD is a specially appointed associate professor at the Rikkyo University Graduate School of Intercultural Communication. For more than 10 years he was a tenured faculty member involved in the creation and management of the university-wide English language program at Rikkyo. He has published extensively in the area of English education and intercultural communication. His most recent book is The Beginner’s Guide to the Deep Culture Experience: Beneath the Surface (Intercultural Press). He is a co-author of Ministry of Education approved high school English textbooks, as well as other textbooks with both Japanese and international publishers. He works in educational television and is currently a co-presenter and contributor to the NHK program "English Through the News". He is a founding member and current director of the Japan Intercultural Institute.
Director - Japan Intercultural Institute
Associate Professor - Rikkyo Graduate School of Intercultural Communication.
Most recent book: "Deep Culture - The Hidden Challenges of Global Living".
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Invited Speaker

richmond.JPGDr. Richmond Stroupe BA, MA, PhD has worked with university and professional language learners from Asia since 1989. He is currently the Chair of the Master’s Program in International Language Education: TESOL at Soka University, Japan. He is professionally active both in Japan, with the Japan Association for Language Teaching as the Chair of the association’s International Affairs Committee, and internationally, with TESOL Organization in the United States as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Standards, and with Cambodia TESOL (CamTESOL) as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the CamTESOL Selected Papers publication. He actively publishes and presents on professional activities and research projects, which currently include the use of international standards as internal evaluative tools, and the investigation of student expectations, motivation and perceptions of language learning in varying national contexts in Asia. In addition, he continues to be active in supporting local teachers and researchers through various projects and workshops, most recently in Cambodia. His academic interests include curriculum and professional development, developing critical thinking skills, the use of international standards, and international comparative education.

Invited Speaker

IMG_3561.jpgDr. Akiyoshi Yonezawa PhD is an associate professor at the Center for the Advancement of Higher Education (CAHE) in Tohoku University. With sociological background, he is mainly researching on the comparative higher education policies, especially focusing on world class universities, quality assurance of higher education, and public-private relationship of higher education. Before moving to Tohoku University in April 2007, he has worked at National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE), Hiroshima University, OECD and Tokyo University.


Invited Speaker

IMG_2471.JPGProfessor Kensaku Yoshida
is in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Sophia University. He is presently the Director of the Center for the Teaching of Foreign Languages in General Education as well as the Director of the Sophia Linguistics Institute for International Communication.
He has worked on a number of committees for MEXT, including the Committee for the Revision of the Course of Study, Panel to Promote Revisions in English Language Teaching, Super English Language High School Planning & Assessment Committee, Task Force to Educate Japanese with English abilities, the Central Council for Education—Foreign Language Sub-committee, and the Assessment Committee for the Global 30 Project. He is also the chairman of the Aeronautical English Proficiency Assessment Committee in the Ministry of Land and Transport.
He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education, an Executive Director of Asia TEFL, and a member of the board of directors of STEP. He has given plenary and featured talks at numerous domestic conferences, as well as international conferences, including TESOL, JALT, KOTESOL, PAC 2, KAFLE, Asia TEFL, ACE, etc. He has also written many books, textbooks, research reports, and articles in the areas of TEFL, foreign language policy, and bilingualism.


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