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Volume 26 Issue 2

Welcome to the latest issue of Explorations in Teacher Development, Volume 26, Issue 2! 

This issue contains six articles which we hope will inform you and stimulate your own development as teachers.

Our first two articles look at different difficult aspects of teaching. James Taylor explores factors influencing demotivation among eikaiwa teachers and Luann Pascucci reflects on her own discomfort in teaching students vocabulary that may have derogatory meanings in some contexts.

Following these, we are sharing two interviews with leaders of other JALT SIGs carried out at PANSIG 2019, focusing on the conference theme of teacher efficacy. Sam Morris, the TD SIG Treasurer, interviews James Sick, Coordinator of the Testing and Evaluation (TEVAL) SIG and Mike Ellis, the TD SIG, interviews Mark Brierley, editor of the Extensive Reading (ER) SIG journal.

Finally, We have two write-ups of presentations at the TD-CUE SIG Forum at JALT National in 2018. Steven Paton writes about how we might encourage students to practice more communicative behaviors in the classroom by getting them to reflect on the non-communicative behaviors they often apply in the classroom would be taken in the world outside the classroom. And Brett Laybutt looks at how teachers at his college have had to adapt to the a growing population of students from Vietnam.

If you are a TD SIG member but did not receive this issue by email, please get in contact with us. This issue will be made publicly available online upon publication of the next issue.


  • Exploring Teacher Demotivation in Eikaiwa Schools in Japan – James Taylor
  • Stumbling into Slurs: The Most Uncomfortable Person was the Teacher – Luann Pascucci
  • The Teacher Development SIG in Dialogue: An Interview with the Testing and Evaluation SIG’s James Sick – Sam Morris
  • The Teacher Development SIG in Dialog: An Interview with the Extensive Reading SIG’s Mark Brierley – Michael Ellis
  • Thought Experiments: Raising Awareness of Classroom Culture – Stephen Paton
  • Vietnamese EFL Learners in Japan: Instructor Experiences – Brett Laybutt