Christopher Murphy, Class of 2004, Co-organizing Language conference in Japan

| July 1, 2010

Christopher Murphy is teaching in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, at International University of Japan (IUJ). Niigata is roughly 90 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train. Students come to the university to study courses in either the Graduate School of International Relations or the Graduate School of Inter-national Management. Interestingly, more than 2/3rds of the students at IUJ are non-Japanese, coming from over 50 different countries. IUJ is an English-medium graduate school. For this reason, he teaches courses related to academic English reading and writing, English for professional communication, and English for thesis writing. As a result of the significant linguistic and cultural diversity at IUJ, he has become more interested in issues related to Sociolinguistics and World Englishes. In addition to teach-ing at IUJ, he co-organizes a local conference for languages in the North East Asian Region (NEAR).
For more information, you can visit the NEAR conference website at

This originally appeared in the 2010 edition of the TESOL/AL Times, the TC TESOL and AL Programs newsletter.