Our Speakers

Every year, excitELT features world class speakers offering not only plenaries but also hands-on workshops, hangouts and demo classes. The sessions will cover a range of topics including professional development, reflective practice, classroom techniques and many other areas. We will be uploading more photos of speakers in the near future. 


Michael Griffin

11 things they don’t tell you on a certificate course  — Workshop

What can “Designer Methods” offer teachers in 2018? — Hangout

Michael Griffin has been teaching for around 18 years. He is currently based in Seoul where he teaches (mostly) English at Chung-Ang University. Additionally, Mike teaches on the New School MATESOL program and curates the New School TESOL Blog. He runs the popular ELT Rants Reviews and Reflections blog


Reiko Yoshihara

Feminist Approaches in University EFL Classes — Workshop

Reiko Yoshihara is an associate professor in Nihon University. She has an M.S. in Women’s Studies (Minnesota State University, Mankato), and an M.Ed. and an Ed.D. in TESOL (Temple University, Japan). Her research interests include feminist pedagogy in TESOL, teaching about gender issues in EFL contexts, and teacher identity. She has currently published The Socially Responsible Feminist EFL Classroom: A Japanese Perspective on Identities, Beliefs, and Practices.

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Atsuko Watanabe

What Does It Mean to Reflect? — Plenary

Introducing Reflection to Our Students — Workshop


Atsuko Watanabe is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Language and Literature at Bunkyo University. She has been teaching at the tertiary level in Japan for about 30 years. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Education, University of London on the topic of reflective practice as a development tool for in-service high school teachers of English in Japan.Her research interests include reflective practice, teacher cognition, researcher reflexivity, and interview methods. Her recent publications include the book, Reflective Practice as Professional Development: Experiences of Teachers of English in Japan and a chapter in Reflective Practice: Voices from the Field edited by Roger Barnard and Jonathon Ryan.

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John F. Fanselow

Video Teacher Education: Small Changes, Big ResultsWorkshop

John F. Fanselow’s journey began at a teacher training college in Nigeria. John has worn many hats during his career but his main interest remains challenging teachers to think about what happens in their classrooms. Beyond Rashomon, one of John’s seminal articles in the TESOL Quarterly was the basis of Breaking Rules and Let’s See another seminal article in the TQ was the basis of Contrasting Conversations. His latest book Small Changes in teaching, Big results in learning was published in 2017.



Louise Ohashi

Build English Skills and Increase Motivation with Short Films – Workshop

Lessons a Teacher Learnt Through TeachingPlenary

Louise Ohashi began teaching English in 1999 at a conversation school in Japan. Since then she has taught children and adults at all proficiency levels and worked in a number of other countries, including England, Australia and Italy. She is currently an associate professor at Meiji University who serves as Director of Program on JALT's Board of Directors and Publicity Officer in JALTCALL. Her main research interests centre around learner autonomy and the use of digital technologies in language learning and teaching.



Classrooms Viewed from Two Dimensions: Rules and Relations — Hangout



The Compassionate Plenary

(Some) Buddhist Ideas That can Impact Our Teaching — Hangout



Transformations of Teaching Motivations — Workshop

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A discussion about ways to motivate students to undertake out-of-class autonomous learning — Hangout

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A discussion about ways to motivate students to undertake out-of-class autonomous learning — Hangout

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Teacher Low Points: Disillusionment, Demotivation, and Burnout — Plenary





Can we be honest? Emotional authenticity in the language classroom — Hangout

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Lina Gordyshevskaya

Exploring happiness: Integrating discussions into a reading lesson Demo



Per Aspera Ad Astra: Getting a job as a NNEST Hangout





Let's Have a Better Conversation About Teaching Teenagers Hangout






Beyond Poetry: Teaching Metaphor — Workshop

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How do you balance L1 and L2 use in monolingual classes? — Hangout

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Podcasting for Understanding Across the ELT Community —Plenary



Matthew Turner, Matthew Schaefer & Robert Lowe


Creating Spaces for Further Discovery and Understanding — Special Session





Have Unmotivated Students? Have You Tried These Methods? Let's Share Our Ideas! —Workshop

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Anna Bordilovskaya

Teaching Critical Thinking in East-Asian Contexts — Hangout

Linh Huynh

Assisting EFL Learners Confidece in Public Speaking — Plenary

Marc Jones

Whose cared a lesson in? Teaching bottom up decoding for actual listening — Hangout

Chhayankdhar Rathore

Demystifying Drama — Plenary

Using Drama in University-level: Sharing experiences, ideas, and concerns — Hangout

Bill Snyder

Solitude and Sociability in ELT — Plenary