Bio's - Speakers

Marc Helgesen

Marc Helgesen is author of more than 150 professional articles, books, and textbooks, including the English Firsthand series (Pearson Education/Longman Asia) and Practical English Language Teaching (PELT) – Listening (David Nunan, Ed.; McGraw-Hill) and has been an invited/featured speaker at conferences on five continents.

He is a professor at Miyagi Gakuin Women's University, Sendai, Japan, and an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, MA Program, in Tokyo. He is particularly interested in connecting Positive Psychology to English language teaching. He is also...

Tim Murphey

Tim Murphey (PhD Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland) is editor of TESOL’s Professional Development in Language Education book series and co-author with Zoltan Dörnyei of Group Dynamics in the Language Classroom. He has studied and taught in Europe for 15 years and in Asia for another 15. His research interests at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan include Vygotskian socio-cultural theory (SCT) with a transdisciplinary emphasis on community, play, and music.

Several of his books, Teaching One to One (1991, Longman, 1991), Music and Song (1992, OUP), and Language...