International NeuroELT Association

JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers)


TESOL Arabia

MAELTA (Macau Assoc of English Language Teaching)

TESOL International USA

Editorial Advisory Board:

International Journal of Teaching, Education and Language Learning,
Sapient Press, Michigan, U.S.A.


“Increasing L2 speaking fluency through ‘Graded Discussions’” 40th Thailand TESOL-PAC International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, January 31-February 1, 2020.

“Writers and Writing in Macau,” + “Expats Unleashed,” Asia-Pacific Writers & Translators Conference, Macau, November 5-7, 2019.

“Incorporating Peer Feedback into your EFL Public Speaking Class,” TESOL Colombia III Conference 2019, Bogota, Colombia, May 16-18, 2019.

“How to involve an Audience,” Hong Kong Baptist University 17th Annual Speaking Contest, Hong Kong, April 18, 2019. INVITED SPEAKER & CONTEST JUDGE.

“An Audience-Involvement Approach to teaching Public Speaking,” 39th Thailand TESOL Conference 2019, Bangkok, Thailand, January 18-19, 2019.

“China, Hong Kong, Macau – Literary webs between worlds,” Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference (APWT 2018), Gold Coast, Australia, December 5-7, 2018.

“EFL Writing by teaching the Narrative Story Structure,” 16th Asia TEFL International Conference, Taipa, Macau, June 27-29, 2018.

“No Couches in Korea: Expat Literature in the Context of South Korea,” Asian Conference on Cultural Studies, Kobe, Japan, June 1-3, 2018.

“Teaching EFL Narrative Writing through Literature,” 1st International ASEAN-ELT Conference, Melaka, Malaysia, March 15-17, 2018.

“Creating a supportive classroom atmosphere for teaching public speaking,” 2017 PALT Conference, Manila, Philippines, December 7-9, 2017.

“The mechanics of self-publishing: Usage of a tool to motivate students’ L2 creative writing work,” International EFL in Creative Writing Instruction Conference, Macau, November 26, 2017.

“Self-Publishing: Then and now,” Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference (APWT 2017), Bali, Indonesia, October 22-24, 2017.

“An EFL creative writing activity: Plot development with writing circles,” MAELT English Language Teaching Conference 2017, Macau, June 10-11, 2017.

“Setting up EFL creative writing circles for narrative prose,” Writing Roundtable 2017, Hong Kong, May 19, 2017.

“How Neuroscience can help teachers teach,” FAB-11 KOTESOL Conference, Seoul, South Korea, May 13-14, 2017. PLENARY SPEAKER.

“Connecting with an Audience,” Hong Kong Baptist University 15th Annual Speaking Contest, Hong Kong, April 3, 2017. INVITED SPEAKER & CONTEST JUDGE.

“Writing and New Media,” Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT China 2016), Guangzhou, China, November 24-26, 2016. PANEL DISCUSSION.

“Connecting the synapses: From brain studies to acquiring language,” International NeuroELT Conference, University of Macau. November 12-13, 2016. PLENARY SPEAKER.

“How educational neuroscience can help teachers teach,” International NeuroELT Conference, University of Macau. November 12-13, 2016.

“Intersections in Mind, Brain and Education: Studies that make you say ‘wow,’” NeuroELT/FAB9 Conference, Cebu, Philippines. August 26-282016.

“Enhancing language students’ speaking skills through Neuroscience awareness,” 30th Annual APPI Conference, Averio, Portugal. April 22-24, 2016.

“An Audience Involvement Approach to Teaching EFL Presentation Skills,” TESOL Regional International Conference 2015, Singapore, December 3-5, 2015.

“Neuro-Connectors: A Focus on Selective Attention,” FAB 8/NeuroELT Conference 2015, Kyoto, Japan, September 25-27, 2015.

“Creating memories: Applying neuroscience principles to teach language and presentation skills,” The European Conference on Language Learning 2015, Brighton, UK, July 1-5, 2015.

“An audience-involvement approach to teaching public speaking,” CAES International Conference, Hong Kong, June 11-13, 2015.

“For the sake of student speeches: Sculpting the perfect audience,” The 5th International Conference on English, Discourse and Intercultural Communication, Macau and Urumqi, June 2-8, 2015.

“Applying community-based learning to oral presentations,” 2nd International Conference on Teaching English for Specific Purposes and New Language Learning Technologies, Niš, Serbia, May 22-24, 2015.

“Dynamic speakers: Student collaboration to enhance student speeches,” 13th ELTA Serbia Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, May 15-16, 2015.

“Collaborating language through literature circles,” 5th International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL’15), Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, May 7-9, 2015.

“A Neuro-based approach to teaching oral presentations,” International NeuroELT Conference, Manila, Philippines, January 22-24, 2015.

“No more Zzz’s! Audience engagement for student speeches,” JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers) National Conference, Tsukuba, Japan, November 21-24, 2014.

“EFL Literature Circles: Assessment & Implementation,” KOTESOL-KAFLE International Conference, COEX, Seoul, South Korea, October 3-5, 2014.

“The 5-minute Speech: Student Preparation & Assessment,” KOTESOL-KAFLE International Conference, COEX, Seoul, South Korea, October 2014.

“Student Speeches – Involve the Audience!” ELC 2013 English Language Teaching International Conference, Macau, China, March 2014.

“Interconnections: Teaching language and culture through literature circles,” Hawaii TESOL Spring Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, February 14-15, 2014.

“Activate! Audience involvement during student speeches,” NileTESOL Conference XVIII, Cairo, Egypt, January 25-27, 2014.

“The 250-page novel: Literature circles and assessment for an EFL Classroom,” 3rd Annual Language Arts & Linguistics (LAL3) Conference, Hong Kong, September 2013.

“Literature circles: Acquiring language through collaboration,” 2nd Extensive Reading World Congress Conference, Seoul, South Korea, September 13-15, 2013.

“Connections: Neuroplasticity and language acquisition for adult learners,” NeuroELT/FAB 4 Conference, Nagoya, Japan, July 2013.

“Literature circles: Collaboration and community,” JALT PanSIG 2013, Nagoya, Japan, May 18-19, 2013.

“Teaching authentic text through literature circles,” TESOL Arabia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 14-16, 2013.

“Structuring literature circles,” The 2nd Kansai Gaidai Class Activity Research Forum, Hirakata, Japan, January 2013.

“Connecting neuroplasticity to SLA Theory,” JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers) National Conference, Hamamatsu, Japan, October 2012.

“Neuroplasticity in the SLA classroom: Connecting brain research to language learning,” FAB3 Conference: Connecting Neuroscience with ELT, Kitakyushu, Japan, July 2012.

“Understanding cultural starting points, understanding each other,” Peace as a Global Language Conference, Hyogo-ken, Japan, October 2011.

“Presenting public speaking: Organizing, preparing and assessing student speeches,” The 1st Kansai Gaidai Class Activity Research Forum, Hirakata, Japan, January 2012.

“Japanese and Westerners in Japan:  Differences in reactions to the 3/11/11 earthquake, subsequent aftershocks, and ensuing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster,” Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association Conference, Kyoto, Japan, October 2011.

“The study of language in the brain: Implications for language acquisition,” FAB1 Conference: Connecting Neuroscience with ELT, Hyogo-ken, Japan, July 2011.

“Exploring pair work in a communicative classroom,” North-East Asia Regional Conference, Niigata-ken, Japan, May 2011.

“Thinking about pair work – Teacher preferences and student feedback,” Japanese Association of Language Teachers-Niigata, Japan, March 2011.


Maher, K. (2019). Fine-tuning students’ RAS to your frequency. Bulletin of the JALT Mind, Brain, and Education SIG 5(7), 13-16.

Maher, K. (2019). Why can’t my students remember everything I say? Why can’t I remember either? How does memory work? Bulletin of the JALT Mind, Brain, and Education SIG 5(3), 12-16.

Maher, K. (2018). Not losing the EFL Plot: L2 Engagement through Literature (Reading Circles) and producing short stories (Creative Writing Circles). In D. Shaffer, M. Pinto (Eds.), International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature 5(7), 102-105.

Maher, K. (2015). EFL Literature Circles: Implementation and Assessment. In D. Shaffer, M. Pinto (Eds.), KOTESOL 2014 Conference Proceedings. Seoul: KOTESOL, pps. 115-123.

Maher, K. (2015). No more zzz’s: Audience engagement during oral presentations. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & H. Brown (Eds.), JALT2014 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT.

Maher, K. (2015). EFL literature circles: Collaboratively acquiring language and meaning. The Language Teacher 39(4), 9-12.

Maher, K. (2015). Applying community-based learning to oral presentations. Proceedings from the 2nd International Conference on Teaching English for Specific Purposes and New Language Learning Technologies. Niš, Serbia: University of Niš.

Maher, K. (2015). Activate! Audience involvement during student speeches. NileTESOL 2014 Proceedings. Cairo, Egypt: NileTESOL.

Maher, K. (2014). Interconnections: Teaching Language and Culture through Literature Circles. Hawai’i TESOL The Word 24(1), 9-10. Honolulu: Hawaii TESOL.

Maher, K. (2014). Literature Circles: Collaboration and community. In R. Chartrand, G. Brooks, M. Porter, & M. Grogan (Eds.), The 2013 PanSIG Conference Proceedings, 227-234. Nagoya: JALT.

Maher, K. (2014). Teaching authentic text through literature circles. In P. McLaren, M. Al-Hamly, C. Coomby, P. Davidson, C. Gunn & S. Troudi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th TESOL Arabia Conference, 16-24. Dubai: TESOL Arabia Publications.

Maher, K. (2013). Literature Circles: Acquiring Language through Collaboration. In S. Miles & M. Brierley (Eds.), Extensive Reading World Congress Proceedings, 2013, 36-45. Seoul, South Korea: Extensive Reading Foundation.

Maher, K. (2013). Neuroplasticity in the SLA classroom: Connecting brain research to language learning. In N. Sonda & A. Stewart (Eds.), JALT2012 Conference Proceedings, 201-209. Hamamatsu, Japan: JALT.

Maher, K. (2012). Exploring pairwork in a communicative classroom. NEAR Conference 2011 Proceedings. Niigata, Japan.

Maher, K. (2011). Intricacies of pairwork – Surveys and research. The Bulletin of Keiwa College, 20, 15-32.

Maher, K. (2009). The study of language in the brain: Implications for language acquisition. The Bulletin of Keiwa College, 18, 1-11.

Book Review:

Maher, K. (2011). Impact Conversation 1 & 2.  The Language Teacher 35(2), 50-52. March 2011.

Published Non-Fiction:

Maher, K. (2019). An Atypical Childhood: Raising an Autistic Child in Japan and Macau. In Extraordinary Experiences: Tales of Special Needs Abroad, 191-199. Illinois, USA: Tales from a Small Planet.

Published Fiction:

Maher, K. (2018). Moon Over Macau. Macau: The ASM & The Cerberus.

Maher, K. (2018). A Good Day for Good Ju-Ju. In HK24: Twenty-Four Hours of Hong Kong Stories, 67-71. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Writers Circle.

Maher, K. (2017). A Good Butt-Slapping of a Good Time. In Terrible Twos. New York: Akashic Books Online.

Maher, K. (2016). No Couches in Korea. Port Huron, MI: Wintermoon Books.

Maher, K. (2015). The Familiar of Macau. In Rule of Three: Short Stories and Other Writings, 229-240. Macau: PraiaGrande.

Maher, K. (2008). The Brocolli Kid. In Outlanders: Tales of Korea, 42-45. Seoul: Ayala Press.

Maher, K. (2008). Just Kicks. In Outlanders: Tales of Korea, 73-75. Seoul: Ayala Press.

Maher, K. (2008). The Ranger. In Outlanders: Tales of Korea, 95-100. Seoul: Ayala Press.