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Mike Guest
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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.

‘Some of this misrepresentation seems to me to be willful, or, willfully ignorant’ Because Japan lies on the globe’s geographical, cultural, and linguistic periphery (assuming one is using a Eurocentric model) it lends itself particularly well to being misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misrepresented. But some of this misrepresentation seems to me to be willful, or, willfully ignorant. Perhaps […]

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  “A test is valid only if it measures that which has actually been taught.”        How many of you agree with the above statement? Offhand, it sounds quite reasonable, doesn’t it? But I would say that it holds true only for a minority of tests, specifically achievement tests, and doesn’t make a […]

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The temptation often comes in the form of elegant handwriting. Seeing the alphabet rendered with a caring, skillful hand acts as a salve for the weary essay grader. After deciphering near-illegible scrawls for the previous 40 submissions, you swoon at the sight of well-rounded loops, taut linearity, and balanced proportions.   But you jar yourself from […]

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