Here is a brief bio of our PD Technology in the Classroom module writer Professor Charles Brown:
Dr. Charles Browne is Professor of Applied Linguistics & TESOL and Head of the EFL Teacher-Training Program at Meiji Gakuin University. He served as the first National Chairman of the JET Program from 1987-88 as well as on many MEXT committees including a national committee on teacher training, a national steering committee for the JET Program and the national English textbook advisory committee. He is a specialist in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Extensive Reading, especially as they apply to online learning environments. In addition to his work in creating several important new corpus-based word lists for second language learners (known as the NGSL, NAWL, TSL and BSL), and a wide range of free online tools to teach, learn and create texts based on these lists, he has also developed a variety of research-based language learning and analysis tools including free ER and EL-focused websites such as ER-Central, OGTE (Online Graded Text Editor), more than a dozen free word learning apps such as NGSL Builder, and works hard to share this knowledge with teachers, authors, students and researchers through countless presentations, seminars and hand-on workshops around the world.
To put a face to the name. Here is the writer of this module talking at TED x Tokyo. Although the topic, his speciality, belongs in the Vocabulary module there's plenty here to learn from.
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