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Volume 27 Issue 1

Welcome to the latest issue of Explorations in Teacher Development, Volume 27, Issue 1! This issue contains four submissions that range widely in location, including Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. But they share a common theme of teachers learning about themselves and about teaching from encounters with other teachers and students, and even another activity (surfing).

Sachiko Igarashi writes about how her experiences with intercultural communication (and miscommunication) in professional development have led her to understand the importance of these occasions to her own development as a teacher. She makes a case for Japanese high school teachers taking more advantage of intercultural professional development opportunities and to bring what they learn from them into their classrooms for their students’ benefit.

Michael Ellis recounts what he learned from his experience becoming a non-native speaking Japanese teacher during a school exchange program in Australia. He gained greater awareness of issues facing non-native speaker teachers as well as realizing that students often see their teachers and the language learning experience differently from what teachers might think. He brought this experience back to his job in Japan in ways that have changed how the school where he works operates.

Our longtime contributor James Porcaro points to the importance of words spoken to us by others in encouraging us, motivating us, and shaping how we see ourselves as teachers through recounting five incidents from his career.

And finally, Mike Floquet writes about how the lessons he has learned from surfing have sustained him in opening his own English school in Japan, giving him the courage to take risks and develop success.

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  • Enhancing English teachers’ intercultural communication skills through professional development – Sachiko Igarashi
  • Becoming a non-native speaking teacher: Reflections as an American teacher of Japanese in an Australian high school – Michael Ellis
  • Words matter: Instruction, encouragement and affirmation in 5 episodes – James W. Porcaro
  • Sharks and ladders: What surfing has taught me about starting an English conversation school – Mike Floquet