We are three teacher-researchers based in Japan. This site is about language learning through games. Its a space for an ongoing exploration of practice, and for reflection on the ways that we use and evaluate games in our respective teaching contexts. We are:
Jonathan deHaan | Peter Hourdequin | James York
Learn more about us here
James York (me)
I am an assistant professor at Tokyo Denki University where I conduct research on the use of games in low-level language learning contexts. I am also a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester (UK). My research falls under two broad headings.
- Kotoba Miners: a project exploring how tasks can be created effectively in virtual worlds.
- Kotoba Rollers: the development of a teaching methodology utilizing non-digital (board, card, etc.) games as the key teaching tool in low-level EFL classrooms.
I can be found on the internet here: Twitter (@cheapshot) or on my blog.
I teach English and conduct research in the faculty of foreign studies at Tokoha University in Shizuoka, Japan. I am also working on a phd in educational research at Lancaster university in the UK. I have various research interests, but a unifying theme is multiliteracies. Jonathan and James have sparked my interest in games, and I have recently been exploring ways to use games as a focal point for learning and communication in my university’s self access center.
You can see more about my academic work here: http://researchmap.jp/read0150176
Jonathan studies educational games and simulations and is particularly interested in methods and technologies that support the development of (a) second language skills and (b) media literacy skills. Jonathan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Shizuoka, Japan.
Game Lab website: https://sites.google.com/site/gamelabshizuoka/
(latest project) Game Terakoya: https://sites.google.com/site/gameterakoyashizuoka/home