Charles Browne was born in Boston in the United States but has lived and worked in Japan since 1985. He is a Professor of Applied Linguistics & TESOL and researches both Vocabulary and Reading, especially as they apply to online learning. He has more than 25 years of experience working as a teacher trainer, works with several boards of education, and has sat on several committees for the Japan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEXT). He is best known for developing two important new corpus-based word lists for second language learners, namely the New General Service List (NGSL) and the New Academic Word List (NAWL). In this talk, he shares some of his stories about growing up in different areas, becoming interested in Japan, working with the JET program, and working with future teachers. Episode #40 with Charles Browne can be found HERE. Further information on some of the topics discussed can be found by following the links below.

Boston, Massachusetts – 

Boston Marathon – 

New Jersey – 

Cheers – 

Staten Island – 

Rutgers –

Upstate New York –

Roger Greenspun –

Meiji Gakuin University – 

Dead Poet’s Society – 

Freedom Riders –

John Fanslow – 

Ganbarou! English Teachers! –

Vilma Christian –

Iwakura Mission – 

Don Roden – 

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme –

Kumamoto, Japan – / 

Temple University, PhD in Applied Linguistics –

Gabriele Kasper – 

JD Brown –

Paul Nation – 

Australian Labradoodle – 

Episode #60 can be found HERE.