Welcome to the 2015 edition of Speakeasy. This issue marks the 27th year for this publication. Gunma JALT takes great pride in Speakeasy and we hope it shows.
Last year the staff of Speakeasy engaged in a deep debate on what direction the publication should take and more fundamentally on the topic of “What is Speakeasy?” It was decided that more individuals should be encouraged to make their voices heard, so we appealed to outside our usual tertiary community to those not teaching in colleges and universities – with fruitful results. This year’s edition contains a number of interesting works from those working with young children to those working in high schools.
Kayvon Havaei-Ahary outlines some activities to develop active learners through fostering questioning skills. Stephanie Ortiz reflects on how teaching in Japan redefined her pedagogical beliefs. Amy Russo introduces strategies and activities to increase fluency for learners. Johan Saputra Muljadi investigates Assistant Language Teachers’ opinions regarding what aspects they dislike about team teaching and what they consider a good team teaching environment. Mel Thompson provides insight into how the fantasy role play game Dungeons and Dragons can be used to teach children. Michele Steele examines the crossroads of high school uniforms and social hierarchy in her poem Facets.
This year Speakeasy was, as always, a collaborative effort. Special thanks to Kayvon Havaei-Ahary and John Larson for recruiting submitting authors and proofreading. And to Harry Meyer and John Larson for their extensive work advising and editing together with this year’s authors.
We hope that the contents of the Speakeasy will enlighten, inform, and inspire you, our readers, to submit your own work. If you have an idea you wish to submit, please search for us online. The current Speakeasy editorial staff can be reached through the webpages of Gunma JALT or Speakeasy.