Mr Kevin MAHER

Mr Kevin MAHER

Senior Instructor


kmaher@um.edu.mo
8822 4530
E7-1006
EDIT

Consultation Hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm

Or by appointment via kmaher@um.edu.mo

Education

Master of Arts in Education – TESL
Framingham State University – Framingham, Massachusetts, USA

Master of Arts Program in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation
University of Innsbruck – Innsbruck, Austria, Europe

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Central Michigan University – Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, USA

C.E.L.T.A. Certificate (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) International House – Budapest, Hungary (Based out of London, UK)

Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • EFL Creative Writing Circles for Narrative Prose
  • Collaboration through Literature Circles
  • Audience involvement in Student Speeches
  • Neuroplasticity connected to SLA Theory
  • Pair work dynamics
Courses Regularly Taught
  • ENGB112 – Creative Writing: English for a Global Readership
  • ENGB290/291 – Public Speaking
  • EELC041/042 – Academic English 3 & 4
  • EELC011/012 – Introduction to University English 1 & 2
  • EELC021/122 – English 1: Basic Skills 3 & 4
Professional Affiliations

International NeuroELT Association

JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers)

KOTESOL (Korea TESOL)

TESOL Arabia

MAELTA (Macau Assoc of English Language Teaching)

TESOL International USA

 

Awards & Honors

Editorial Advisory Board:

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

Selected Publications

Presentations:

“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 26-28, 2016.

“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.

 

Publications:

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. https://koreatesol.org/sites/default/files/
pdf_publications/KOTESOL.Proceedings.2014.web_.pdf

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. http://jalt-publications.org/proceedings/articles/4741-
no-more-zzz’s-audience-engagement-during-oral-presentations

Maher, K. (2015). EFL literature circles: Collaboratively acquiring language and meaning. The Language Teacher 39(4), 9-12. http://jalt-publications.org/files/pdf-article/39.4tlt-art2.pdf

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. http://hawaiitesol.wildapricot.org/Resources/
Documents/Word/2014%20Nov.pdf

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. http://www.pansig.org/2013/2013PanSIGProceedings.pdf

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.  http://issuu.com/tesolarabia-perspectives/docs/tacon_2013_proceedings

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. http://www.er-korea-2013.org/wp-content/uploads/ERWC2-Proceedings.pdf

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. http://jalt-publications.org/proceedings/articles/3260-neuroplasticity-sla-classroom-connecting-brain-research-language-learning

Maher, K. (2012). Exploring pairwork in a communicative classroom. NEAR Conference 2011 Proceedings. Niigata, Japan. http://nearconference.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/7/1/12718010/near-2011-03.pdf

Maher, K. (2011). Intricacies of pairwork – Surveys and research. The Bulletin of Keiwa College, 20, 15-32. https://www.keiwa-c.ac.jp/kenkyu/kiyo/doc/kiyo20-2.pdf

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. http://jalt-publications.org/tlt/issues/2011-03_35.2

 

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. http://www.akashicbooks.com/a-good-butt-slapping-of-a-good-time-kevin-m-maher/

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.