I continue to be baffled and amazed by air travel. I still can’t quite fathom how it is we can wake up in one place in the world and go to sleep in another…all in the same 24 hour period. I started my day today in Cleveland, Ohio and I ended it in Yokohama, Japan… and I say that not to be boastful but to say, wow, isn’t it amazing what a day can bring sometimes?
I am here in Japan at the invitation of the hosts of the 50th annual Japanese LET conference as a past president of IALLT. The current president and the future president of IALLT are here as well, all thanks to LET’s generosity. I have been asked to give a “special speech” on day two of their meeting, a talk I have entitled “We Have Been Changed For Good: Social Software, Language Teaching and Learning.” Once I finish pulling that together I will post it here.
Part of my delay in getting the preso done was because I wanted to try and understand a little bit about the context of the LET participants here, lest I make any wild generalizations that would be unhelpful and inappropriate (having sat through a few too many keynotes where the speaker did not know his/her audience, I know what that feels like). Any comments any of you can share about Japan, higher ed, preparing their graduates for the workforce, etc would be welcome.
But in the meantime, I have been up and awake for about 36 hours. It is time to sleep. More news from Japan soon…