Our introductions


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.

  1. Kotoba Miners: a project exploring how tasks can be created effectively in virtual worlds.
  2. 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.

can be found on the internet here: Twitter (@cheapshot) or on my blog.

Peter Hourdequin

Hi there,

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 deHaan

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.

website: http://jonathandehaan.net/
twitter: https://twitter.com/jonathandehaan
Game Lab website: https://sites.google.com/site/gamelabshizuoka/
(latest project) Game Terakoya: https://sites.google.com/site/gameterakoyashizuoka/home