Past Keynote & Plenary Speeches

“Not All Words Are Created Equal” (10/10/15). Invited TEDxTeachers Talk given at Tokyo International School in Tokyo, Japan.

“Taking the Fast Track to EFL Proficiency: Why the The New General Service List and New Academic Word List Are Good for Your Learners”. (9/15/15). Plenary Talk at TEFLIN Conference in Bali, Indonesia.

“Covering Your Bets: The Reading/High-Frequency Vocabulary Connection”. (7/11/15). Keynote address at combined JALT, JASAL and Okayama University Language Education Center Conference.

“Change in the Classroom: Principled Pragmatism in Reading and Vocabulary”, and“Covering Your Bets: The Reading/High-Frequency Vocabulary Connection”. (6/16/15) Two Plenary Addresses given at a Professional Development Conference at Qatar University, Qatar.

“Covering Your Bets: The Reading/High-Frequency Vocabulary Connection” (5/9/15). Plenary Address at the Extensive Reading Conference help at Feng Chia University in Taipei, Taiwan.

“A New General Service List and New Academic Word List: Building a Path to EFL Success”. (4/26/15). Keynote Address as the ICEE Conference at Shin Chien University in Taipei, Taiwan.

“A New General Service List: Core Vocabulary Words for EFL Success”. (3/15/15). Plenary Address at Kanda Graduate School Symposium.

“A New General Service List: Words and Online Tools for EFL Success”. (10/5/14). Keynote Address at Kansai Tech Day Plus Conference in Kobe.

“Covering Your Bets: The Reading/High-Frequency Vocabulary Connection…”. (9/28/14). Keynote Address at Extensive Reading Conference held at Keisen University.

“A New General Service List: Core Vocabulary Words for EFL Success”. (8/30/14). Featured Speaker Address at the JACET National Conference held in Hiroshima.

“A New General Service List for 2nd Language Learners of English“. (8/13/14). Organizer and Presenter of the Featured Vocabulary Symposium at AILA Word Congress of Applied Linguistics held in Brisbane, Australia

“A New General Service List: Getting Ready for Another 60 Years of Vocabulary Learning”. (6/21/14). Plenary address at Tri-Ele Conference in Bangkok,Thailand.

“The New General Service List: Celebrating 60 years of Vocabulary Learning”. (6/14/14).  Featured Symposium Presentation at Kyushu Sangyo Vocabulary-SIG Conference in Fukuoka.

“A New General Service List: Words for EFL Success”. (6/1/14). Featured Speaker Address at KOTESOL National Conference in Seoul, Korea.

“Change in the Classroom: Principled Pragmatism in Reading and Vocabulary”. (5/31/14). Featured Speaker Address at KOTESOL National Conference in Seoul, Korea.

“The New General Service List: Foundational Vocabulary for 2nd Language Learners”. (4/26/14). Plenary Address at Cambridge Day Conference in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

“The New General Service List: Foundational Vocabulary for 2nd Language Learners”. (4/27/14). Plenary Address at Cambridge Day Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

“The New General Service List: Taking 60 years of Vocabulary Learning to the Next Level” (12/7/13) Plenary Addressat KACL, Corpus Linguistics Conference in Seoul, Korea.

“Building Essential Vocabulary with Online Tools” (11/2013). Featured Speaker Workshop at JALT National Conference in Kobe, Japan.

“The New General Service List: Celebrating 60 years of Vocabulary Learning” (10/2013). Featured Speaker Address at KoTESOL National Conference in Seoul, Korea.

“Putting Vocabulary Learning Into Practice: Activities for the Classroom” (11/2012). Keynote Address at Tokai University Faculty Development Conference in Tokyo, Japan.

“Building Essential Vocabulary with Online Tools ” (11/2012). Featured Speaker Address at JALT National Conference in Hammamatsu, Japan.

“Vocabulary Overload! Why Japanese are Studying the Wrong Words and Some Online Solutions”. (5/2012). Featured Speaker at the 11th annual METU Conference in Ankara, Turkey.

“Authentic Video as Content: The Importance of High Frequency Vocabulary and Scaffolding” (11/2011). Plenary Address at the 8th Annual KOTESOL Daejeon Chungcheong Symposium and Thanksgiving Dinner.

“The Impact of the JET Program on Teachers and Teacher Education: Past, Present and Future (8/6/2011). Plenary Address at 35th Annual KATE Conference held at Senshu University in Tokyo, Japan.

“Comprehending Authentic Video: The Importance of High Frequency Vocabulary” (6/4/2011). Plenary Address for annual JALT-CALL Conference held in Kurume, Japan.

“A Brief Introduction to Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition” (2/20/2011). Featured Speaker address at Ibaragi JALT Conference in Ibaragi, Japan

“Utilizing Public Domain Resources to Create Online Learning Tools: How EnglishCentral and WordEngine Were Developed” (2/19/1011). Featured Speaker Address at 3rd annual COOL Conference: English Language Learning Forum for Open Educational Resources, at Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan.

“A Corpus Analysis of Authentic Video: Success Through Knowledge of High Frequency Vocabulary” (11/5 and 6/2010). Plenary Addresses for the annual Cambridge Day Conferences in Seoul and Pusan, Korea.

“Comprehending Authentic Video: Success Through Online Scaffolding Tools” (9/20/2010). Featured Speaker Address at ACTJ Annual Conference held at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

“Online Tools and Resources for Teacher Self-Development” (11/13 and 14/2009). Plenary Addresses for the annual Cambridge Day Conferences in Seoul and Pusan, Korea.

“Technology and Language Learning” (5/25/08). Plenary Address at ECAP (ELT Career and Professional Development Conference) in Tokyo, Japan.

“Cell Phones, iPods and PCs: Building Bridges to Our Students’ Futures Through Building Their Vocabulary” (3/24/08). Featured Speaker Address at CamTESOL, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

“Using Online Resources to Address Japanese Junior and Senior High School Student’s Weaknesses in Vocabulary and Reading Skills” (1/27/08), Plenary Address at the JET Program Block Conference, Toyama Prefecture

“Developing Communicative Competence: Theory and Practice for Junior and Senior High School Student” (1/24/08), Plenary Address at the Tokyo JET Program Mid-year Seminar.

“IRT, Testing, and Online Technology: The Future of Autonomous Vocabulary Learning” (6/9/07), Featured Speaker Address at AsiaTEFL/MELTA Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

“Developing Communicative Ability in Junior and Senior High School Students; Theory and Practice” (1/25/06), Plenary Address at the Tokyo JET Program Mid-year Seminar.

“The Importance of High Frequency Vocabulary Development for Japanese Junior and Senior High School Students” (12/12/05), Plenary Address at the JET Program Block Conference, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

“The Communicative Competence Model: Still Useful ALL These Years” (11/25/05), Plenary Address at the JET Program Block Conference, Shizuoka Prefecture.

“Communicative Competence: Why Aren’t Our Students There Yet, and What We Can Do About It” (11/24/05), Plenary Address at the JET Program Block Conference, Fukushima Prefecture. 

“Against All Odds: The Challenges of Being a Secondary School English Teacher in Japan” (11/5/05) Plenary Address at the combined 10th National Conference

of the English Phonetic Society of Japan and the First International Congress of Phoneticians of English (ICPE 2005) 

“Current Issues in the Japanese Junior and Senior High School English Classroom” (11/18/04), Plenary Address at the JET Program Block Conference, Shizuoka Prefecture. 

“Vocabulary Acquisition and Extensive Reading for the Japanese Junior and Senior High School English Classroom” (12/14/04), Plenary Address at the JET Program Block Conference, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

“Optimizing Vocabulary Learning with IRT and Online Technology”. Presentation for an Invited Colloquia titled “Getting the Word Out: Large-Scale Implementations of Vocabulary Research” at the annual AAAL Conference held in Costa Mesa, California. 

“Against All Odds: The Challenges of Being a High School Teacher in Japan” (1/22/98), Featured Speaker presentation at ThaiTESOL.