|Professor Office: C418 Email: email@example.com
Website: YouTube Channel (for learning materials)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Exeter University, UK. (2004).
MSc in Teaching English for Specific Purposes. Aston University, UK. (1997).
MSc in Physical Education. University of Oregon, USA. (1987).
RSA Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. International House, London, UK. (1998).
RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. International House, London, UK. (1982).
BSc in Geography. University of Bristol, UK. (1981).
e-learning; teacher and student motivation; emotional aspects of teaching and learning
Publications – See Google Scholar
Sakui, K., & Cowie, N. (forthcoming). Language teacher learning in Japan: Joining a digital technology community of practice. In Y. Kimura, L. Yang & T-Y Kim (Eds.) Teacher Motivation, Autonomy, Development in the Far East. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Sakui, K., & Cowie, N. (2017). Bridges between SLA research and classroom teaching: Implications from foreign language teaching in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Education. October 19th-22nd, 2017. Art Centre Kobe, Kobe, Japan.
Cowie, N., & Sakui, K. (2016). The use of rubrics for the assessment of digital products in language learning. In M. Iguchi & L. Yoffe (Eds.) Mobile learning in and out of the classroom: Balancing blended language learner training (pp. 12-17). Proceedings of the 42nd (2015) JACET Summer Seminar. The Japan Association of College English Teachers.
Cowie, N., & Sakui, K. (2015). Assessment and e-learning: Current issues and future trends. The JALT CALL Journal, 11, 3, 271-281.
Cowie, N., & Uchida, C. (2015). Claire’s case: Introducing e-learning into a Japanese university EFL class. rEFLections (King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand: KMUTT Journal of Language Education) 19, 1-16.
Cowie, N., Sakui, K. (2014). Take your pick: Out-of-class, blended language and Web 2.0 projects, and online. The JALT CALL Journal, 10, 3, 273-286.
Cowie, N., Sakui, K. (2013). It’s never too late: An overview of e-learning. ELT Journal, 67, 4, 459-467.
Cowie, N., Sakui, K. (2012). Three tales of language teacher identity and student motivation. JALT Journal, 34, 127-150.
Sakui, K., Cowie, N. (2012). The dark side of motivation: Teachers’ perspectives on ‘unmotivation’. ELT Journal, 66, 2, 205-213.
Cowie, N. (2011). Emotions that experienced English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers feel about their students, their colleagues and their work. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27, 235-242.
Cowie, N., Sakui, K. (2011). Critical but neglected: EFL teachers’ perspectives on learner motivation. In G. Murray, A. Gao & T. Lamb (Eds.) Identity, Motivation, and Autonomy: Exploring the Links, pp. 212-228 Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
Cowie, N. (2009). Observation. In J. Heigham & R. Croker (Eds.) Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics: A Practical Introduction, pp. 165-181. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Sakui, K., Cowie, N. (2008). “To speak English is tedious”: Student resistance in Japanese university classrooms. In P. Kalaja, V. Menezes & A. M. Barcelos (Eds.) Narratives of EFL Teaching and Learning, pp. 98-112. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Cowie, N. (2007). Gambaru: Japanese students’ learning persistence. In Community, identity, motivation:Proceedings of the JALT 2006 international conference on language teaching and learning. M. Swanson & K. Bradford Watts (Eds). Tokyo: JALT.
Cowie, N. (2006). What do sports, learning Japanese, and teaching English have in common?: Social-cultural learning theories, that’s what. JALT Journal, 28, 1, 23-38.
November 11th 2017. (with Keiko Sakui). SLA research and classroom teaching: Is there any connection? Okayama JALT Chapter Meeting. Okayama University, Okayama, Japan.
October 22nd 2017. (with Keiko Sakui). Bridges between SLA research and classroom teaching: Implications from foreign language teaching in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. The Asian Conference on Education. Art Centre Kobe, Kobe, Japan.
August 23rd 2017. EFL teacher learning in Japan: Joining a digital community of practice. EUROCALL Annual Conference. Southampton University, Southampton, UK.
June 17th 2017. (with Keiko Sakui). Digital projects, digital literacy and language learning. JALTCALL Annual Conference. Matsuyama University, Matsuyama, Japan.
May 27th 2017. Student created transcriptions and posters for active learning. Osaka JALT Back to School Mini Conference. Osaka Jogakuin University, Osaka, Japan.
June 25th 2016. (with Keiko Sakui). Rubrics, digital projects and assessment. JACET Kansai 2016 Spring Conference. Kyoto Notre Dame University, Kyoto, Japan.
June 4th 2016. (with Keiko Sakui). Assessment, technology and language learning in higher education: Issues and trends. JALTCall Annual Conference. Tamagawa Gakuen University, Tokyo, Japan.
March 11th 2016. Web-authored products, rubrics and assessment (poster presentation). Assessment for learning and assessment of learning: Incommensurate paradigms or complementary perspectives? BAAL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG. University of Reading, UK.
November 30th 2015. The use of rubrics for the assessment of digital products in language learning (poster presentation). Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2015). Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.
November 9th 2015. (with Claire Uchida). ALT/JLT Digital Technology Workshop. Okayama International Centre, Okayama. Okayama Board of Education.
August 19th 2015. (with Keiko Sakui). The use of rubrics for the assessment of digital products in language learning. JACET Summer Seminar. Kusatsu, Gunma, Japan.
June 13th, 2015. Language teaching and digital technology. The 6th Shikoku JALT Conference (Keynote Presentation). Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan.
June 6th 2015. Assessment and e-learning: Current issues and future methods. JALTCall Annual Conference. Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka, Japan.
February 15th, 2015 (with Keiko Sakui and Russell Stannard). Flip, Blend and Project: Technology for Language Teachers Webinar. Available at:
November 22nd 2014. E-learning: Out-of-class, blended language and Web 2.0 projects, and online. JALT National Conference. Tsukuba, Japan.
October 5th, 2014. (with Keiko Sakui) Four-part framework of approaches to e-learning for language teachers. Osaka Tech Day. Otemae University, Itami, Japan.
September 4-6th, 2014. (with Keiko Sakui) Teaching languages with digital technology: E-learning in six countries. BAAL Annual Conference. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
August 22nd, 2014. Situated e-learning practices across borders (poster presentation), EUROCALL Annual Conference. Groningen University, Groningen, Holland.
June 21st, 2014. Google apps for language classes. Kobe JALT Chapter Tech Day. Otemae University, Itami, Japan.
June 7th, 2014. Take your pick: out-of-class; blended; project; or online. (with Keiko Sakui) JALTCALL Annual Conference. Sugiyama Jogakuen University, Nagoya, Japan.
April 13th, 2014. Let’s talk about motivation: Theory, practice and emotional impact (with Keiko Sakui). Toyohashi and Shizuoka JALT Chapter Meetings.
February 1st 2014. Four e-learning models to guide university teachers of second and foreign languages. (with Keiko Sakui). Paperless: Innovation and Technology in Education Conference, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan.
November 27th 2013. Why we use references: Making your writing more believable. Okayama University, LEC Public Lecture.
October 26th 2013. E-learning for non-techie teachers. (with Keiko Sakui). JALT National Conference. Kobe, Japan.
September 11th 2013. Learning from e-learning experts across borders. (with Keiko Sakui). EUROCALL International Conference. Evora, Portugal.
June 1st 2013. Learning from e-learning experts: Potential teaching roles and approaches. JALTCALL Conference. Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan.
February 9th 2013. E-learning trends: Lessons from experts in four different countries. Okayama JALT Chapter Meeting, Okayama, Japan.
February 16th 2011. Narratives of teacher identity and English language student motivation in Japan. Warwick University, UK.
February 15th 2011. EFL teacher perceptions of student motivation: Theory and practice. Aston University, UK.
December 18th 2010. Teaching reading and critical pedagogy. East Shikoku JALT Chapter Meeting, Koichi, Japan.
October 18th 2010. Reading between the lines. Okayama University, My Share.
July 2010. EFL teachers’ perspectives on learner motivation (with Keiko Sakui). AALA Congress, Brisbane, Australia.
June 12th 2010. EFL teachers’ narratives of student motivation (with Keiko Sakui). ALANZ Seminar, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
May 12th 2010. EFL teachers’ understanding of learner motivation: Implications for theory and practice (with Keiko Sakui). Applied Language Studies and Linguistics Seminar. University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
Professional and Academic Affiliations
Member of Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)
Member of British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL)
Member of Australasian Society for use of Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
JALT Journal Editorial Board
Reviewer for Teaching and Teacher Education
Reviewer for SAGE Open
Reviewer for Asia Pacific Journal of Education
Reviewer for Journal of Language, Identity & Education
Reviewer for Educational Action Research
Reviewer for Scandinavian Educational Research
Reviewer for European Journal of Teacher Education
See Publons Profile