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Michael (Mike) Guest is Associate Professor of English in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Miyazaki (Japan). A veteran of 25 years in Japan, he has published over 50 academic papers, 5 books (including two in Japanese), has been a regular columnist in the Japan News/Yomiuri newspaper for 13 years, and has performed presentations and led workshops and seminars in over 20 countries. Besides ranting and raving, his academic interests include medical English, discourse analysis, assessment, teacher training, and presentation skills.

The Day of the Pronouns

Scene 1: ‘Let me introduce Daniel Filibuster, our chief of international relations.’ ‘Hi. Call me Dan.’ ‘Nice to meet you, Daniel!’   Scene 2: ‘I’d like you to meet Vice-Regent Professor Emeritus Montgomery Hardwhistle.’ ”Nice to meet you Monty!’   It doesn’t take a Professor Emeritus to realize that the respondent in both cases above […]

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“From this activity I learned that I should listen to my patients.” “I realized that I have to study English more and more.” “I came to know the importance of cooperation with others.” “I was surprised to see cultural differences.”   “…if taken at face value, they are all pretty much lies.”   At some […]

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I used to think that showing deference to someone simply because they were older than me was illogical and irrational. Not surprisingly, I thought this when I was young. Now I’m in my late fifties. The people at my university who held the power when I first entered twenty years back have moved on to […]

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Consider the following post to be wisdom based on almost 30 years’ teaching experience in Japan and not the product of an objective, in-depth research study (in other words, this has greater peer-to-peer reliability) 🙂   The question is this — Who among my Japanese students come to speak the best English? The students most […]

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Rather than pummel readers with a Big Thematic Blogpiece today, I’d like to throw out a few EFL nuggets that I’ve been digesting recently and hear what commenters have to say:   Whatever happened to notebooks and notepaper?   Remember when college and university students actually brought notebooks to class? Each year the number of […]

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I sit on the editorial board of three ELT-related journals and conduct reviews for two more. Respect me now! Yes, this is where old teachers go once we’ve grown weary of the conference circuit. I’m happy to help young ELT researchers spruce up a manuscript (certainly more so than when writing my own).    In […]

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‘The notion that she had studied the language in public school seemed to her to be a perfectly sufficient explanation for her fluency’   Recently I was invited to a university in Taiwan for research and presentation purposes. After arriving at the university-affiliated hotel late, hungry, and thirsty, I immediately went out to check the […]

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A lot of readers will be familiar with the scenario: A relatively unqualified or inexperienced white ‘native-speaking’ English teacher gains a position over a more highly-qualified or experienced Filipino or Singaporean because, well, this better suits the hiring committee’s myopic notion of what foreign English teachers are ‘supposed’ to look like. This is not a […]

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  “I hope you prove me wrong — by acing the next evaluation”   I think everyone would agree that one of the main purposes of teaching, beyond actually enabling people to learn a skill, is to enhance their motivation to keep learning. So what do we do when our teaching apparently has the opposite […]

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    Celebrity Academics arriving at the 2016 IATEFL Conference     Conferencing has a bit of an image problem. Many members of the public, including certain hard-core conference attendees themselves, see them as thinly-disguised holiday junkets. A four-day hard-drinking, luxury-hotel-bed-snoozing, sample-the-local-whatever indulgence package given as a reward for bearing the year-round drudgery of the office desk […]

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