Prof. Yasuo NAKATANI
Hosei University, Japan
Yasuo Nakatani is a Professor of the Faculty of Economics at Hosei University. He received Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham and was a visiting scholar at Oxford University. His research interests are Second Language Acquisition, Academic Writing and Business Communication. He published a number of research articles regarding Communication Strategies in international Journals such as The Modern language Journal (MLJ). He is a coauthor of Language Learner strategies: Thirty years of research and practice form Oxford University Press and has published several books such as Improving Oral Proficiency through Strategy Training, and Global Leadership: Case Studies of Business Leaders in Japan. He is a reviewer of MLJ, TESOL Quarterly, System, Language Learning and Journal of Pragmatics.
Assoc. Prof. Robert Long
Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan
Robert Long was born in March, 1960, in Delaware, Ohio. He has a Bachelors 1981, and Masters in English Education 1983, (University of Florida) and a Specialist Degree in Education Multilingual / Multicultural (Florida State University) 1993. He has worked in Hiroshima Shudo University, and Kyushu Institute of Technology (21 years) where he has been the foreign lecturer and is now currently an associate professor.
He has written several EFL textbooks concerning oral communication, critical thinking, and technical English. His books tend to be innovative using second-person scenarios based on realistic contexts and speech acts. He has also written an ESL book for female students, “Above the Glass Ceiling: Contemporary Women Leaders,” teaching not only reading skills, but also how women have developed their leadership skills. His most recent textbook is Connections: Understanding Social and Cultural Issues addresses specific critical thinking skills such as prediction, skepticism, comparison/contrast, explanation, inference, validity, and criticism concerning a variety of social issues.
His past research has involved themes such as exchange programs, student attitudes, teacher reflection, pragmatics, discourse markers, and pausology. His current research interests focus on fluency/dysfluency, lexical and syntactical complexity, as well as attitudes of gendered discussions and relationships. His articles include (1) “Fluency and Dysfluency in Same-sex Interactions: Preliminary Results,” (2016) Proceedings for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference; (2) “Complexity and Fluency Indicators of ‘Good’ Speakers,” JALT2013 Proceedings; and (3) “A Longitudinal Study of Novice-level Changes in Fluency and Accuracy in Student Monologues,” (2012), English Language Teaching, 5, 10, 129-137. He is currently content editor for KASELE Journal (2004 – present), and has been the past editor of The Language teacher (currently he is on the TLT Editorial Board) and is a member of JALT and KASELE. He manages his fluency website <genderfluency.com> so as to provide a resource for teachers who are concerned with fluency issues. His hobby is to write fables, and he has produced books for the general public as “New Aesop Fables,” “New Aesop Fables for Children, Vol. I and II,” “Giga: New Aesopian Fables,” “Inside the Chrysanthemum: New Japanese Fables,” and “The Buddha’s Journey Home: New Buddhist Fables.”
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