MA TESOL Program Public Lecture Series on Friday, June 21, 2019 (Venue: Kanda, Tokyo)

Public Lecture

"Living with the English Language: An Autoethnography of a Language Learner"

The speaker, who has lived in the United States for 30 years, will discuss his life with the English language—from his humble beginning to years of developing, using and teaching English in various academic and professional contexts. Many people who are learning English in so-called EFL contexts like Japan seem to believe that the best or only way to learn English well is to live in an English-dominant context, but the speaker will try to debunk the myth of natural and easy language acquisition for adult language learners by sharing his own experience along with his take on various theories of learning and teaching languages and literacies.

Lecturer Prof. Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University
Date Friday, June 21, 2019
Time 18:30 ~ 20:00 (DOORS OPEN at 18:00)
Venue Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (Kanda Gaigo Gakuin) in Tokyo, Bldg. 3, 7F, Plaza Azul
Admission: Free



Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University, where he works closely with doctoral students specializing in second language writing from various disciplinary perspectives. He is also Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics at Nanjing University and Zhengzhou University.

Paul is Founding Chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and Series Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. Former President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, he has also served as the founding chair of the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing and the chair of the Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Caucus.

Paul has published widely on various topics on language, writing and professional development in applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition and TESOL, and has received a number of prestigious awards for his publications. He has been invited to present keynote and plenary talks as well as lectures and workshops in various countries and regions, including: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United States.

Paul has previously directed writing programs at the University of New Hampshire and Arizona State University. He has taught a wide variety of courses in applied linguistics, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and TESOL at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Purdue University (USA), Jilin University (China), Kanda University of Foreign Studies (Japan), Miami University (USA), Nagoya University (Japan), Nanjing University (China), Shih Chien University (Taiwan), Tamkang University (Taiwan), Thammasat University (Thailand), the University of New Hampshire (USA), and the University of Utah (USA). In addition, he has held visiting professor and researcher positions at Penn State University (USA) and the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR), where he gave lectures and workshops and provided consultations for doctoral students and faculty members.

In addition to teaching, research and professional service, Paul has served as a program developer, evaluator and consultant for various language programs and graduate programs throughout the United States and around the world.
Entrance of Building 3


Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (Kanda Gaigo Gakuin) in Tokyo, Bldg. 3, 7F, Plaza Azul 2-13-13 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8525 2 mins walk from JR Kanda Sta. West Exit, 3 mins walk from Tokyo Metro Kanda Sta. North Exit, 7 mins walk from Tokyo Metro Otemachi Sta. A2 Exit, Awajicho Sta. or Toei Subway Ogawamachi Sta. A1 Exit.

Kanda Gaigo Gakuin Map
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Kanda University of International Studies

Graduate School, Tokyo Campus,
TESOL Program

Office:4F, Building 7, 2-13-13 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-8525, JAPAN