Learner autonomy and applied theatre in the ESL classroom

Paper given at the ILA Conference on Learner Autonomy at Konan Women’s University, September 5th — September 8th, 2018. Abstract In their analysis of autonomy in the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire, Nicolaides and Fernandes (2008) outline two broad strands in the theory and practice of learner autonomy in education. The first follows Henri Holec’s…

Is all the World Still a Stage? Shakespeare and ESL in Higher Education in Japan

Roundtable panel discussion, part of the Japanese Society for Theatre Research Conference held at Kyoto Sangyo University, December 3-4 2016. Panel rationale             Student-led productions of Shakespeare were a common feature in post-war Japanese universities. Shakespeare was still widely seen as the centre of the western literary canon, and English literature departments took pride in…

50 Years of Shakespeare at Konan Women’s University

Drawing on a range of interviews with past and present students and teachers, this book charts 50 years of annual student Shakespeare productions performed in English as a second language at Konan Women’s University in Kobe, Japan. When I began conducting interviews for this commemorative book in late 2014, I had three goals in mind. First, to…

Konan W.U. students mark 50 years of Shakespeare in English

This article was originally published in the Japan Times newspaper on March 31 2015. In 1964, the late Polish theater scholar Jan Kott wrote “Shakespeare, Our Contemporary,” an influential book that questioned the processes of producing Shakespeare in the here and now and whether the Bard’s texts should serve as clues for an archeological dig…