Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
Is ELT a serious profession? Are you being taken seriously by your family, friends, and neighbours?
I suggest we debate over this over some sushi, on the beach, and after some snorkelling in the Pacific. Deal?
Today’s guest is Barbara Sakamoto, familiar to most of you, no doubt. Thanks, Barb, for taking time off to do this interview – it was a real pleasure talking to you.
If you have any questions you wish to direct to Barbara, post a comment, and I’m sure she’ll gladly answer them. All yours, Barb!
I came to Japan in 1985 to “teach for a couple of years” and have split my time between Japan and the U.S. ever since. I believe in the benefit of belonging to professional teacher organizations, and I belong to JALT and ETJ (and TESOL and IATEFL). I’m best known as one of the co-authors of Let’s Go (published by Oxford University Press), but I also write columns for Teachers Learning with Children and ELT News. Teachers are my favorite people, and I enjoy having the chance to conduct teacher training workshops around the world. I learn at least as much from the teachers at my workshops as they do from me! Recently, I’ve also begun to co-moderate a Twitter chat every Wednesday for English language teachers, ELT Chat. My motto is “Always try new things”, so these days, when I’m not teaching, writing, or giving workshops, you’ll often find me online exploring the potential of social media for professional development. If you’d like to explore too, you can usually find me on my blog, Teaching Village, my wiki, on Twitter or Facebook. If I’m not online, I’m probably snorkeling and playing with my underwater camera. You can see my underwater photography efforts on Flickr. To get more information about Oxford’s All-Japan Summer Tour for Teachers, please visit the OUP website. For more information about the International Teacher Development Institute, please visit the iTDi website (it’s work in progress).
Barbara also has this to say about the recording:
I used Windows Live Movie Maker with an Elecom external mic. My one tip for anyone else is to go through mic set up, even if it’s a plug and play device.