Robert James Lowe
Tokyo Kasei University
Robert J. Lowe is a critical applied linguist and lecturer in the Department of English Communication at Tokyo Kasei University. His research focuses on critical issues in Applied Linguistics and ELT, and he has published numerous books and journal articles in places such as ELT Journal, Language Teaching, and Applied Linguistics Review. His most recent publication is the research monograph "Uncovering Ideology in English Language Teaching: Identifying the 'Native Speaker' Frame" (Springer).
Duoethnography is a qualitative research method in which two researchers use their life histories as a lens through which to study a given topic. In this forum, the presenters will first introduce the research method, and then provide examples of projects carried out using duoethnography based on chapters from a recently published book. The presentations will explore duoethnography as a research method, a vehicle for reflection, and as a form of project-based learning.
Podcasting is a tool for continuing professional development in the ELT community, with participation seen as a sustainable “teacher network” option. Drawing upon the presenters’ experiences of podcast production, as well as surveying other projects in the field, this practical session will introduce attendees to ways of engaging in podcasts for professional development purposes. The audience will have the chance to reflect on a variety of formats and discuss wider applications for podcasting in ELT.