Brent A. Jones In pursuit of the phenomenal

Welcome to my website. My name is Brent Allen Jones and I have been working and living in Japan since 1989. I am currently the Director of Language Programs at Konan University, Hirao School of Management. I have attempted to gather here some of my recent work. Please visit my blog to find out more about recent endeavors and/or to leave a comment.

I began my teaching career in Hawaii almost thirty years ago and my first classrooms were the beaches and coastline off Maui Island where I taught windsurfing, surfing and sailing. Since then, my teaching has been mostly in the fields of English as a Foreign Language (with an emphasis on Business English) and Teacher Training. In addition to my work as Director of Language Programs at the Hirao School of Management (CUBE), I teach content-focused English courses such as American Studies, European Studies, Japan Studies, Business Communication, Public Speaking and Debate. I definitely feel most at home in the classroom. The following links will take you to pages with descriptions of the regular courses that I teach, as well as some of the project courses that I have overseen. Finally, here are some of the special course or workshops that I have taught/conducted outside of CUBE.

Experience Economy

This lecture introduces the work of B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore. Using examples from the book of the same title, participants are walked through the main concepts and asked to reflect on their own experiences. Finally, we consider how these ideas can be expanded on or linked to other fields such as education and public speaking.

Thiagi. Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan is the founder and Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group, an organization with the mission of helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably. Thiagi served as the editor of ISPI's Performance & Instruction for more than 10 years.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. Every PechaKucha Night city is hosted by a local organiser, who has an annual Handshake Agreement with PechaKucha HQ to run their event series. This ensures that each PechaKucha Night is relevant to their city- and can create a unique platform to uncover that city's creativity. Brent has been a city organiser since 2009 when Nishinomiya became the 200th PKN city.

Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) is a grassroots organization dedicated to the aid and assistance of fellow educators and students in and around Asia. They fulfill this mission by providing teacher-training conferences, seminars and workshops that exhibit practical, student and teacher-friendly approaches to language education that are informed by current research in the field. Since inception, THT has delivered well-received programs annually in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines, and most recently in Kyrgyzstan. Future plans include repeat visits to all of these countries and expansion to other areas where we are needed. Brent is one of the delegation leaders for Kyrgyzstan and has presented in Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines.

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