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Since graduating from university in upstate New York, I have spent most of my adult life teaching EFL/ESL in different countries. In addition to stays in Morocco and New Zealand, I have lived and worked in Hokkaido, Kansai, and Chugoku here in Japan. My teaching philosophy can be summed up by two rules:
1. Always try to teach the perfect class.
2. There’s no such thing as the perfect class.
M.A. TESOL (2001), School for International Training, USA
B.A. English (1994), State University of New York at Oswego, USA
Integration of language and culture teaching
Humor in language teaching
Alternatives to TOEIC
Rucynski, J. (Ed.) (in press). New Ways in Teaching with Humor. TESOL Press: Alexandria. (edited book)
Gordenker, A. & Rucynski, J. (2015). Working in Japan: Video Interviews with 14 Professionals. Tokyo: Cengage Learning K.K. (textbook)
Rucynski, J. (2013). Foreign reactions to Japan as a teaching resource. In N. Sonda & A. Krause (Eds.), JALT 2012 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT, pp. 393—401. (refereed article)
Neff, P. & Rucynski, J. (2013). Tasks for integrating language and culture teaching. English Teaching Forum, 51 (2), pp. 12—23. (refereed article)
Gordenker, A. & Rucynski, J. (2012). Surprising Japan: ニッポンの不思議. Shohakusha Publishing Co., Ltd. (textbook)
Rucynski, J. (2011). Using The Simpsons in EFL classes. English Teaching Forum, 2011 (1), 8—17. (refereed article)
“Factors influencing EFL learners’ reactions to language tasks,” International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching, Leuven, Belgium, Sept. 2015. (with Neff, P.)
“Humor-based classroom tasks for fostering students’ real-world cross-cultural competence,” International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching, Leuven, Belgium, Sept. 2015.
“Global skills in language education from policy maker, teacher, and student perspectives,” Bridging Language Acquisition and Language Policy Symposium, Lund, Sweden, June 2015.
“Think global, start local: Focusing on Japanese culture in English language classes,” Annual Conference on Global Education at Lakeland College, Tokyo, Japan, June 2015.
“Teaching digital literacy, culture, and humor through internet memes,” TESOL 2015 International Convention & English Language Expo, Toronto, Canada, March 2015. (with Prichard, C.)
“Borderline funny: Humor in language education,” JALT 2014 National Conference, Tsukuba, Japan, Nov. 2014. (with Gardner, S., Hodson, R. & Namba, A.)
“Targeting English to students’ interest in jobs and work,” JALT 2014 National Conference,Tsukuba, Japan, Nov. 2014. (with Gordenker, A.)
“Stereotypes in humor as a springboard for cross-cultural discussions,” 44th Annual NYS TESOL Conference, Albany, U.S.A., Nov. 2014.
“American joke: How Japanese students perceive humor in the language classroom,” JALT Hokkaido Annual Conference, Sapporo, Japan, Sept. 2014. (with Neff, P.)
“Preparing students for the global job market with work-focused English,” JACET International Convention, Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 2014. (with Gordenker, A.)
“What do Japanese students really think of humor in English language classes?” International Society for Humor Studies Utrecht 2014 Conference, Utrecht, Holland, July, 2014. (with Neff, P.)
“Measuring various cultural limits of humor in language classes,” Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, Feb. 2014. (with Gardner, S. & Namba, A.)
“Exploring humor and stereotypes in English classes,” JALT Hokkaido Annual Conference, Sapporo, Japan, Nov. 2013.
“Integrating language and culture teaching in EFL classes,” Second International Symposium on Language and Communication, Izmir, Turkey, Nov. 2013. (with Neff, P.)
“Classroom activities for discussing Japanese culture in English,” JALT Hokkaido Annual Conference, Sapporo, Japan, Nov. 2012.
“Foreign reactions to Japan as a teaching resource,” JALT National Conference, Hamamatsu, Japan, Oct. 2012. (with Gordenker, A.)
“Integrating culture into an interview task,” JALT National Conference, Hamamatsu, Japan, Oct. 2012. (with Neff, P.)
“Student reactions to the integration of language and culture,” 7th Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse Conference, Indianapolis, U.S.A., Aug. 2012. (with Neff, P.)
Professional and Academic Affiliations
ISHS (International Society for Humor Studies), member
JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers), member
NELTA (Nepal English Language Teachers Association), member
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), member