Steven Herder – EFL Teacher in Japan

Herder grayscaleThis website acts as an archive of my work as an EFL teacher in Japan since 1989. It includes my MA TEFL/TESL essays and dissertation from the University of Birmingham (2009), my evolving teaching philosophy, a summary of my current research interests, and random blogging thoughts as they arise from my classroom experience.

Since 2010, I have been an assistant professor in the Department of International Studies at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts with an excellent team of colleagues from Japan, the UK, USA, Canada and Ireland. Our students rock as well.

In the fall of 2010, a core group of international collaborators, supported by hundreds of teachers worldwide, began developing the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDI), a global initiative for teachers by teachers dedicated to offering practical, affordable and excellent online teacher development opportunities for ALL teachers.

I also cofounded MASH Collaboration in 2007 with a very talented group of educators, originally as a Skype study group, and since growing into a network of passionate educators committed to ongoing online professional development. One of our major accomplishments thus far was the publication of Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2011).