An Interview with Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

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Marian Hara

Welcome to the September/October edition of TLT Interviews! In this issue we have a wide-ranging conversation with Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, held during JALT2017, on the teaching of younger learners. Barbara has a secondary English teaching qualification, a MATESOL degree from the USA, and is one of the authors of Let’s Go (Oxford University Press), the first EFL course book for children—a long-term best-seller now in its 4th edition. She has mentored countless teachers around the world in teacher training workshops and through her online presence as the Program Director for the International Teacher Development Institute ( Barbara was interviewed by Marian Hara, a seasoned educator who started her teaching career in Japan with children’s classes in 1975. Marian recently returned to working with elementary students after a long, full-time career in junior and senior high. So, without further ado, to the interview!