Hi everyone, my name is James M Hall but I am usually called Jamie by my friends. I have been teaching English teaching methodologies (ETM) at Iwate University for 11 years, can you believe that? I am always trying to think of improving my ETM classes and I think that over the years ETM has lacked meaningful discussion between students and between the students and teachers. From now on, I want to have a class where we learn about English teaching through reading, listening, practical experience, and dialogue with eachother.
Changing the subject, my dream for the future is for my children to be happy and my wife to be successful so I can retire in Hawaii, play tennis, and go swimming every day while she works. Actually, I'm just kidding about the retiring part because I like my job! My dream for the future is write a book about the culture of schools in Japan from the perspective of English teachers. I would also like to live some place warm year-round when my children get bigger.
My favorite thing about working at Iwate university is planning and teaching exciting and challenging classes, getting to know the students, doing the Puean Program (The Thailand English teaching internship), playing tennis an noon, researching what I want to research, and seeing the students grow into wonderful adults. My least favorite thing about university life is probably meetings and when I fail to motivate students.
Anyhow, I am looking forward to getting to know all ETM members. Let's learn a lot, have a great time, and I hope that this class will be beneficial to you no matter what career path you choose.