Pecha Kucha

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PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, "chit-chat") is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, first came to the KoreaTESOL International Conference in 2011


Bill Littlewood, Hong Kong Baptist University

Don’t you want to shake hands? Well … yes and no.

Two interpersonal moments which can be occasions for misunderstanding between members of different cultures are the act of shaking hands and the use of “yes” or “no.” In this presentation, I will illustrate some such instances. However, they show not only the influence of cultural factors but also the importance of individual choice, awareness, and active interpretation in negotiating moments of potential misunderstanding.


Gabriel Diaz Maggioli, The New School (New York)

I'm still here!

Good times, and bad times – I've seen them all, and I'm here. A cavalcade through the history of language teaching (with a light touch).


Sue Garton, Aston University, UK

10 reasons not to introduce English into grade 1 (or: How to ensure your elementary English policy fails)

Governments all over the world are introducing English at increasingly earlier ages. This pecha kucha will present very good reasons why they shouldn't do this, if they really want children to learn English.


Curtis Kelly, Kansai University, Japan

I deal in drugs!

I confess. I am an English teacher that deals in drugs. I sell them to my students all the time, though maybe I am the only person that really knows, and now I want to sell them to you. I have one to offer you that works just like every other illegal drug on the market, but it’s more addictive. People have lied, stolen, and killed to get it. What will you do to get it?


Charles Browne, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan

Corpus Linguistics for Dummies

The world's quickest introduction to what many would argue is the most boring field of study ever created (except for us vocabulary geeks!) . . .


Jun Liu, Anaheim University, USA

From ESL Student to TESOL Professional: My Journey

Jun Liu will share a few pictures of his journey from an EFL student to a TESOL Professional at different stages of his life to confess that becoming a TESOL professional is the combination of destiny, chance, and determination.


Dick Allwright, Lancaster, UK

Exploring Learning and Teaching Lives

What might happen if you invited teachers and learners to spend classroom time trying to better understand their learning and teaching lives? If you then organized a conference for them all, what could they bring to it? How could they share the work they have been doing to better understand their learning and teaching lives?  

In Rio de Janeiro, every year, learners and teachers bring their posters to a conference where they can share their experiences. This is what it looks like.