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BIOGRAPHY
Dr Karen Woodman is a semi-retired university professor in Brisbane, Australia, where she currently lives. With university degrees in psychology, criminology, TESOL and applied linguistics, for 30 years, Karen loves to share her love of adventure and communication to inspire and motivate passengers. An experienced and entertaining cruise enrichment and destination speaker, Karen has authored works on subjects including teaching, culture, managing diversity, the use of technology to learn, and issues in lifelong learning.

An avid tango and social dancer, Karen also explores tango and Latin dance cultures around the world, including the physical and psychological benefits of social dance, and the mind-body connection between language, culture and dance. Karen enjoys sharing her insights on topics of history, culture, language, food and dance as they relate to the cruise destinations to enrich passenger experience, including connections between language, history, food and dance.

Karen has travelled extensively, including North and South America, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean, Cuba, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and South-East Asia. She is experienced in selecting topics ranging from languages, cultures and destinations that reflect the cruise itinerary, hoping to enhance the visits which the passengers may make ashore.
PRESENTATIONS
For a list of publications (including books, book chapters, articles), endorsements, summary of professional experience, see:

LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/karen-woodman-a2688745
Eprints: https://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Woodman,_Karen.html
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Karen_Woodman/

DESTINATION LECTURES

My destination lectures typically focus on destination ports, with an underlying theme to connect and inspire guests, such as: the unique cuisine(s) of the region; the music and dance traditions of the region; and/or the language and linguistic histories of the region (including basic survival language phrases as appropriate). Some examples are listed below.

Theme 1: Culture, history and geography through exploration of local cuisines
Okinawa: Land of the Ancients - Why does Okinawa have more centenarians? Is it the food, culture, lifestyle, history? We'll explore what it is about Okinawa that makes it 'the land of the Ancients'. [Port: Okinawa, Japan]

Hong Kong: And Yum Cha for all: Exploring the history of Hong Kong through its most famous tradition, Yum Cha, we'll discuss the unique fusions of cultures, languages and cuisines which came together to create this dynamic crossroads where East and West meet. [Port: Hong Kong, China]

Ho Chi Minh: From here to Pho: Exploring the history of Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam through its unique dishes, we'll discuss the influence of the Vietnamese, French, and other cultures on the people, country and cuisine. [Port: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam]

Singapore: Laksa and life: Exploring the history of Singapore through its most famous dish, the spicy soup, laksa, we'll discuss the unique fusions of cultures, languages and cuisines which came together to create this dynamic city state. [Port: Singapore]

Theme 2: Food, dance, music and history
Salsa and salsa: This presentation explores the history of Eastern Mexico through the lens of the mix of Spanish and indigenous cultures which created the music and food we now know. [Ports: Cozumel, Roatan, Harvest Caye]

From cumbia to the Canal: This presentation explores the history of Panama through the lens of the mix of Spanish, American and Afro-Caribbean cultures. [Ports: Cartagena de Indias, Panama Canal]

The real history of Chocolate: This presentation explores the history of the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures through the history of chocolate. [Ports: Puntarenas, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal]

From tortillas to salsa and salsa verde: This presentation explores the history of Pacific Mexico and Acapulco through the lens of the mix of Spanish and indigenous cultures which created the music and food we now know. [Port: Acapulco]

All about Baja: This presentation explores the history Cabo San Lucas through the lens of the mix of American, Spanish and indigenous cultures [Port: Cabo San Lucas]

The City of Angels: This presentation explores Los Angeles through the lens of the mix of show business, cultures, languages, and cuisines which have made LA one of the most innovative destinations in the US. [Port: Los Angeles]

From salmon to Starbucks: This presentation explores Seattle through the lens of the historical mix of seaport, grunge, and high tech industries which have made Seattle a unique destination. [Port: Seattle]

Two to tango: This presentation explores the history of Argentina through the lens of the mix of European and indigenous languages, cultures and musical traditions which created the passion of Argentine tango. [Buenos Aires, AR]

Cuba, salsa and the music of the latin world: This presentation explores the history of Cuba through the lens of the mix of Spanish and afro-Cuban cultures and musical traditions which created the many different dance styles, such as salsa. [Havana, CU]

Theme 3: Exploring the relationship between languages, history and culture
Turning Japanese: Language, culture and the Land of the Rising Sun: This presentation explores the history of Japan through the lens of Japanese and indigenous languages and cultural practices, focussing especially on the cultures of Northern Japan. [Ports: Aomori, Hakodate, Muroran]

From Russia with love: Language, culture and a shot of vodka: This presentation explores the history of Russia through the lens of Russian and indigenous languages and cultural practices, focussing especially on the cultures of Northern Russia. [Port: Petropavlovsk]

Crossing the Line: Myths and Rituals of the Sea: This presentation explores the history, myths and language related to the crossing of significant nautical milestones like the Date Line and the Equator. [Date Line]

The Europe of the Americas: Exploring the diverse languages and cultures of the Pacific North West: This presentation explores the complex linguistic and cultural history of the Pacific North West through the lens of the diverse indigenous cultures and languages of Alaska, including the impact of the Gold Rush and northern immigration [Seward, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay/AK, Skagway, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan]

From Gold Rush to Grunge: The evolution of the West This presentation explores the complex linguistic and cultural history of the Pacific North West through the lens of the diverse indigenous cultures and languages in British Columbia and Washington State through to modern times [Seattle]

Theme 4: Exploring ports through history, language, art and culture
A taste of Brisbane: This presentation explores Brisbane past and present, including the good, the bad, and the weird that all contribute to the Bris-vegas we know today. [Port: Brisbane, AU]

Retracing the Spice Route This presentation provides an introduction to the myths and reality of the cultures, languages and peoples that make up the country we know today as Indonesia. [Port: Komodo, Indonesia]

Apa kabar: This presentation explores some of the unique language phenomena in some of the languages of the Indonesian archipelago. [Port: Komodo, Indonesia]

It's complex: This presentation explores some of the unique cultural practices of some of the cultures of the Indonesian archipelago. [Port: Komodo, Indonesia]

It's even hotter in Bali: This presentation explores some of the unique cuisines of the Indonesian archipelago. [Port: Komodo, Indonesia]

There be dragons: This presentation explores some of the unique fauna and flora of the Indonesian archipelago, including the famous Komodo dragon. [Port: Komodo, Indonesia]

My Bali: A personal reflection: This presentation reflects on the experiences and perceptions of the presenter's year as a volunteer in Bali. [Port: Komodo, Indonesia]

A taste of Singapore, lah This presentation explores the history, geography and culture of Singapore through the spicy mix of it's famous soup, laksa. [Port: Singapore]

A taste of Sri Lanka This presentation provides an introduction to the myths and reality of the cultures, languages and peoples that make up the country we know today as Sri Lanka. [Port: Colombo]

You, me and the UAE: This presentation provides an introduction to the myths and reality of the cultures, languages and peoples that make up the countries of the UAE, focusing on Dubai and Oman. [Ports: Oman, Dubai]

My Buenos Aires: A personal reflection: This presentation reflects on the experiences and perceptions of the presenter's adventures learning tango and Spanish in the Paris of South America. [Port: Buenos Aires]

My Paris: A personal reflection: This presentation reflects on the experiences and perceptions of the presenter's adventures living in and exploring the city of light, Paris. [Port: Paris]

My Victoria: A personal reflection: This presentation reflects on the experiences and perceptions of the presenter's adventures living in Victoria, BC. [Port: Victoria, BC Canada]

My Rhodes: A personal reflection: This presentation reflects on the experiences and perceptions of the presenter's adventures in Rhodes, Greece. [Port: Rhodes, Greece]

Street art around the world: If the walls could talk: This presentation explores the roles of street art around the world (including graffiti, murals and other public art) based on the presenter's extensive collection of photographs [Port: various]

Street art of Buenos Aires: If the walls could talk: This presentation explores the political and cultural role of street art in Buenos Aires and Argentina (including graffiti, murals and other public art) based on the presenter's extensive collection of photographs [Port: Buenos Aires]


Theme 5: Survival language
Survival French: This presentation provides guests with basic ‘survival’ French for their upcoming port visit, including introduction to language and other travel apps which help them have a great visit. [Ports: New Caledonia, Tahiti, Quebec, France]

Survival Spanish: This presentation provides guests with basic ‘survival’ Spanish for their upcoming port visit, including introduction to language and other travel apps which help them have a great visit. [Ports: Cuba, Mexico, Central and South America, Spain]

ENRICHMENT LECTURES

My enrichment lectures typically focus on issues such as language, language learning, music, dance, culture, education, career development and life long learning, while also reflecting the key ports and destinations of the cruise.Some examples are listed below.

Theme 1: Exploring language, language learning and culture:
Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask. These presentations explore origins of language and languages, the connection between language and cultures, and explores how we learn and use language, with a particular focus on the languages and cultures of the destination ports (including some basic ‘survival language phrases’; including the South Pacific [Ports: New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii], Indonesia [Port: Komodo], Sri Lanka [Port: Colombo]; and the Middle East [Ports: Oman, Dubai]

What is language?: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of the origins of language. What is language? How do languages work?

What does it mean to know a language?: This presentation explores the both the myths and reality of theories of how language and language(s) are similar and different in structure, sound and use, and what it really means to know a language.

Do languages change over time?: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of how languages change over time, with examples from a number of *South Pacific languages showing the relationship between the many cultures of this area. [*or related destination languages and cultures]

What is the difference between spoken and written language?: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of differences between spoken and written language, including the origins of writing, an introduction to the history of written languages, with examples of the many different scripts which have been developed around the world.

What is the connection between language and culture?: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of how languages and cultures are connected, with examples from linguistic and cultural concepts in different *South Pacific languages. [*or related destination languages and cultures]

Do women and men use language differently?: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of gender-based language use in different cultural and language contexts.

Dos and Taboos: How gestures and body language influence communication cross-culturally: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of the ‘hidden dimensions’ of language and communication, including gestures, body language, personal space, and even how we dress.

How do children learn languages?: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of first, or child, language acquisition, including discussions of developmental versus language-specific stages.

How do we learn additional languages?: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of second or additional language acquisition. What does it mean to know a second language? Does learning additional languages have positive benefits to children and adults?

Can new technologies help us learn language(s)?: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of the use of new technologies to learn second or additional languages, by exploring different apps, technologies, and websites to help match the best technologies to tasks (or learning activities and goals).

Creating your dream job: This presentation offers the opportunity for guests to create their ‘dream job’ by drawing on their hobbies, interests, past work or life experience to create an edu-tourism or language course they could teach

Teaching English as a Second Language: It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure: This presentation explores both the myths and reality of teaching English as second or additional language teaching around the world, including different types of qualifications, requirements, teaching opportunities, etc

Life long learning: This presentation explores recent research on the importance of learning throughout the lifespan, including the cognitive benefits of learning and travelling throughout life. Ideas and resources for continuing education are presented and discussed.

Solo travel for women: This presentation explores the opportunities, benefits and challenges for women travelling solo at every age.

My Life as a Global Nomad: This presentation explores my life of a 'global nomad', living in Australia, Argentina, Bali, and other ex-pat adventures.

Stress, anxiety and introversion: This presentation expores recent research on stress, anxiety and introversion, and considers strategies to manage these issues.

Dealing with stress: This presentation expores recent research on stress, and considers various types of strategies deal with stress.

Being an introvert in an extrovert world: This presentation expores recent research on introversion, and considers strategies to deal iwth being an introvert in an extrovert world.

Theme 2: Food, dance, music and life
Two to tango: This presentation explores the history of Argentina through the lens of the mix of European and indigenous languages, cultures and musical traditions which created the passion of Argentine tango. Basic beginner dance workshops can also be given [Buenos Aires, AR]

Cuba, salsa and the music of the latin world: This presentation explores the history of Cuba and latin America through the lens of the mix of Spanish and afro-Cuban cultures and musical traditions which created the many different dance styles, such as salsa. Basic beginner dance workshops can also be given [Cuba, Mexico, etc.]

Dance for life and aging (dis)gracefully: This presentation explores recent research on the physical and mental health benefits of social dancing, including aging gracefully, supporting patients with dementia, and rehabilitation for patients with Parkinson’s disease)



Selected conference presentations and workshops: I have been an active researcher and lecturer for over 25 years, presenting to diverse academic and general audiences at conferences and workshops around the world. I have provided some examples to illustrate my experience as a presenter, as well as the diversity of areas in which I have demontrated expertise.

(1) Dance and culture

Woodman, K. Introduction to Argentine Tango. Series of 6 workshops presented onboard Sea Princess (Sydney, Australia to Valparaiso, Chile) (Jan 11-Feb 3, 2017)

Kourtis-Kazoullis, V. & Woodman, K. The Sousta (folk dance) of Aesclepio. Paper presented by V. Kourtis-Kazoullis at “Sustainment of Diversity”, 18th conference on Research on Dance" (Argos, Greece) (November 2004)

(2) Technology and Education

Woodman, K. From apps to Facebook: Tips for incorporating new technologies into ESL and TESOL programs. Workshop for Mediterranean Bali Hotel and Cruise Line Training Centre (Denpasar Campus, Bali, Indonesia) (May, 2017)

Woodman, K. From apps to Facebook: Tips for incorporating new technologies into TESOL and ESL programs. Invited workshop presented at the Electronic Village (EV) Fair. International TESOL Conference 2014. Portland, OR (USA) (March 2014)

Woodman, K. and Kazoullis, V. Tele-collaboration using Facebook: A new way to teach graduate students. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Advances in New Technologies, Interactive Interfaces and Communicability (ADNTIIC 2013) (Cordoba, Argentina) (November 2013)

Woodman, K. ICT, Education and Language Learning. Lecture presented to graduate students in the Master of Education in “Sciences of Education and New Technologies” (University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece) (October, 2010)

(3) English for Specific Purposes

Woodman, K. Integrating English into the Hospitality Curriculum. Workshop for Mediterranean Bali Hotel and Cruise Line Training Centre (Singaraja Campus, Bali, Indonesia) (June, 2017)

Woodman. Culture, language, and diversity: Strategies for supporting culturally and linguistically diverse doctors. Workshop presented at Professional Development Day for Medical Educators. (Surfers Paradise, Australia) (October, 2014)

(4) Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and Teacher Education

Woodman, K. (Chair), Alrabai, F., AlQarni, M., and Assulaimani, T. Insights into teaching and learning English in Saudi Arabia. Research Colloquium presented at the International TESOL Convention and Exhibition (Baltimore, MA) (April 2016)

Woodman, K. Educational paradox: Use of mobile phones in the classroom. Paper presented (Virtual) at Rethinking Language, Diversity, and Education Rethinking Language, Diversity, and Education Conference (Rhodes, Greece) (May 2015).

Woodman, K. Educational Paradox: The hidden obstacles to the integration of mobile technology in the language classroom. Paper presented at the 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA). Brisbane, Australia (August 2014)

Woodman, K. “Syllabus design for second languages” and “Designing your own language course”. Lectures presented to undergraduate students in the Department of Primary Education (University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece) (October, 2010).

Woodman, K. Diversity in ESL Teacher Education. Paper presented for the Symposium on Teacher Education Worldwide (with D. Freeman). Presented at TESOL 2009 (International Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Denver, CO) (March, 2009)

Woodman, K. Exploring TESOL’s diversity. Paper presented for the Symposium on Teacher Education Worldwide (with S. Harris). Presented at TESOL 2008 (International Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) (New York, NY) (April, 2008)

Woodman, K., Language teacher education in a global context. Paper presented for the Symposium on Building the World Community of Teacher Educators (with D. Freeman, H. Ramanathan, and Z. Sarwar) Presented at TESOL 2008 (International Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) (New York, NY) (April, 2008)

Woodman, K. Finding cheap or free ESL materials. Invited workshop presented at TESOL on The Beach Conference. (Coffs Harbour) (September, 2006)

Woodman, K. Use of video in online MA TESOL programs. Invited workshop presented at TESOL on The Beach Conference. (Coffs Harbour) (September, 2006)

Woodman, K. Diversity and challenge: Preparing pre-service teachers for the ‘real world’ by applied self-reflection. Invited paper presented for Symposium on “Meeting the needs of Pre-service Teaching in Higher Education”. Higher Education/Elementary Education/Secondary Education /Teacher Education Intersection Session at TESOL 2004 Conference (Long Beach, CA) (April, 2004).

Woodman, K. Surviving TESL Bootcamp: What really happens in intensive ESL teacher training programs. Paper presented at International Colloquium on Research Trends in Second Language Acquisition and Institutional Contexts (Flinders University, Adelaide, AU) (February 2002).

Woodman, K. Canada, US and Australia: Similarities and differences in post-secondary education. Presentation for the Language Training Centre (University of New England) (March 2002).

Woodman, K. Cultural awareness in the classroom made easy. Paper presented at TESOL 2002 Conference (Salt Lake City, UT) (April, 2002).

Woodman, K. Intensive TESL: A snapshot of professional development. Paper presented at WEFLA 2002 (Holguin, Cuba) (April 2002).

Woodman, K. Surviving TESL Bootcamp: What really happens in intensive ESL teacher training programs. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL) Conference at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. (University of Toronto) (Toronto, Canada)(May 2002).

Woodman, K. Microteaching: "Real teaching" for student teachers. Workshop presented at BCTEAL '97 (Teachers of English as an Additional Language). (Canadian International College)(Vancouver, B.C). (April, 1997)

Woodman, K. From Stephen King...with Love: Getting students reading. Paper presented at TEAL' 94 (Vancouver B.C.) (May 1994)

(5) Language Learning and Linguistics

Woodman, K. The future of language learning and the evolution of automatic translation. Invited presentation. Association of Professional Futurists Global Futures Festival Virtual Gathering. (September, 2016)

(6) Higher Education, Graduate Supervision, Engineering Education

Woodman, K. & Yarlagadda, P. Best practices in supervision of international students in Engineering and IT. Paper presented at 2nd Annual Conference on Technology & Engineering (Athens, Greece) (June,
2015)

Woodman, K. & Yarlagadda, P. Is there a difference between supervising international and domestic graduate students in Engineering and IT?. Paper presented at EDULEARN 2015 (Barcelona, Spain) (July 2015).

Woodman, K. and Yarlagadda, P. Culture, language, and the graduate experience: Exploring best practices in international graduate supervision. OLT Extension Grant workshop presented at the University of the Sunshine Coast (October 2014)

Woodman, K. Culture, language, and the graduate experience: Exploring best practices in international graduate supervision. Invited presentation for the University of Newcastle Linguistics Seminar Series. (Newcastle, Australia) (September 2014)

Woodman, K. and Yarlagadda, P. Culture, language, and the graduate experience: Exploring best practices in international graduate supervision. OLT Extension Grant workshop presented at the University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia) (September 2014)

Woodman, K and Yarlagadda, P. Culture, language, and the graduate experience: Exploring best practices in international graduate supervision. OLT Extension Grant workshop presented at the University of Canberra (Canberra, Australia) (August 2014)

Woodman et al. The supervision tango: Factors influencing the success of supervision of international Engineering and IT students. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Advances in New Technologies, Interactive Interfaces and Communicability (ADNTIIC 2013) (Cordoba, Argentina) (November 2013)

Woodman et al.”Mythbusting International HDRs: How International HDRs are really perceived in Australian universities”. Presented at the 7th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium (September 2012).

Trevelyan, Woodman and Samani. Success factors in CaLD, international HDR supervision. Workshop presented at AAEE conference. (Melbourne, Vic) (December, 2012)

Woodman, K., Trevelyan, J., Sahama, T., Gudimetla, P., Sharda, H., Lucey, T., Tajii, A., Hargreaves, M., Narayanaswamy, R. and P. Yarlagadda. Chaos or complex systems? Identifying factors influencing the success of international and NESB graduate research students in Engineering and Information Technology Fields, ICERI 2011 (Madrid) (November, 2011)

Woodman, K., Trevelyan, J., Sahama, T., Gudimetla, P., Sharda, H., Lucey, T., Tajii, A., Hargreaves, M., Narayanaswamy, R. and P. Yarlagadda . Assessment of the influence of cultural barriers to HDR Supervision of Non-English speaking background (NESB) Students in Engineering & Information Technology (IT) Disciplines. Sydney TESOL Network Colloquium 2011 (Sydney, Australia) (September, 2011)

(7) Edu-tourism

Woodman, K. Two to tango: Language learning in edu-tourism programs. Paper presented at 17th World
Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA). Brisbane, Australia (August
2014).

(8) Learning Disabilities, education and language learning

Woodman.,K ‘Learning disabilities in ESL’ (Module presented for ‘Strategic Leadership for Inclusive
Education in Bhutan’ program) (June 2014)

Woodman, K. Learning disabilities in the ESL classroom. Invited Workshop presented at TESOL on the Beach Conference. (Coff’s Harbour, NSW) (September, 2004)

Woodman, K. Learning disabilities in ESL: What we know, what we need to know, what we need to do. Plenary presented at WEFLA 2002 (Holguin, Cuba) (April 2002).

Woodman, K. Learning disabilities: What can teachers do? Paper presented at TESOL 2001 Conference (St. Louis, MO) (February, 2001).

(9) Online teaching and learning; Online language learning; online life long learning

Woodman, K. Successful online graduate programs: 10 tips for successful development and implementation. Invited presentation as part of the Classics series. Presented at TESOL 2011 (International Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) (New Orleans) (March, 2011)

Woodman, K., Miller, S., Tasker, I., Van Aacken, S. and Yamada, K. Motivating external Asian language study: Online learners speak out. Paper presented by K. Woodman at UNTELE Conference. (Compiegne, France) (March 2007)

Woodman, K, and Kourtis-Kazoullis, V. Cyber-Self-Reflection: Developing learner autonomy in online programs. Presented by V. Kourtis-Kazoullis at Workshop on Learning Strategies and Teaching Strategies for Autonomy, International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Department of Theoretical & Applied Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki, Greece) (May 2007)

Woodman, K. Online learning and academic literacy development. Presented at the 42nd Linguistics Colloquium (Language Diversity and Language Learning: New Paths to Literacy). University of the Aegean (Rhodes, Greece) (Sept. 27-30).

Woodman, K. Me and MAAL: 10 tips for developing successful online graduate programs. Invited Workshop as part of the Internet Fair Classics Series. Presented at TESOL 2006 Internet Fair (International Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Tampa, Florida) (March, 2006)

Woodman, K. Surviving online: Making your program the best it can be. Workshop presented at TESOL 2006 Internet Fair (International Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Tampa, Flor ida) (March, 2006)

Woodman, K., and Kourtis-Kazoullis, V. Cyber self-reflection: Transformative pedagogy and online learning. Paper presented by K. Woodman at PacSLRF 2006 (University of Queensland, Brisbane) (July, 2006)

Woodman, K., and Kourtis-Kazoullis, V. Inter-institutional online collaboration: The Greek experience.
Paper presented by K. Woodman at the Australian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference
(University of Queensland, Brisbane) (July, 2006).

Woodman, K. Online learning and the online MA in Applied Linguistics. Lecture presented for Linguistics Seminar series at Brigham Young University (Hawaii). (January, 2004)

Woodman, K Building interactivity in online courses. Workshop presentation for National Foreign Language Research Center “Demos and Discussions” seminar series (University of Hawaii, Manoa) (January, 2004).

Woodman, K Online teaching and learning and the Online MA in Applied Linguistics. Seminar presented at
University of Victoria (Victoria, BC) (March 2004).

Woodman, K Me and MAAL: 10 Tips for developing successful online grad courses. Workshop presented at TESOL Internet Fair. TESOL 2004 Conference (Long Beach, CA) (April, 2004).

Woodman, K. Online graduate study: What we know, what we need to know. Paper presented for Department of Linguistics seminar series (University of Essex) (Colchester, UK) (May, 2004).

Woodman, K., Miller, S., Tasker, I., Van Aacken, S. and Yamada, K. Motivating external Asian language study: Online learners speak out. Paper presented by K. Woodman at American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference. (Arlington, VA) (March 2003)

Woodman, K. No borders: Virtual communities and online learning. Paper presented at International Conference on new Directions in the Humanities (The University of the Aegean) (Rhodes, Greece) (July 2003)

Woodman, K. Unlimited access: The Real Benefits of Online Learning. Paper presented at Tenth International Literacy and Education research Network Conference on Learning (Institute of Education, University of London) (London, UK) (July 2003)

Woodman, K. Online Downunder. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL) Conference at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. (Laval University, Quebec City, PQ)(May 2001).


(10) Higher Education Administration

Woodman, K. and S. Gasson. Bridging the gap: Developing an innovative online resource for international graduate students. Paper presented at the INTED 2010 Conference. (Valencia, Spain) (March, 2010).

Woodman, K. and S. Gasson. The Doorway to Research: Incorporating social network functionality and
language support into an innovative portal for international graduate students. Paper presented at
EUROCALL 2010. (Bordeaux, France) (September, 2010).

Woodman, K. Troubleshooting: Building clear working agreements and dealing with difficulties. Session leader at 1996 TA Day. University of Victoria (Victoria, B.C.) (September, 1996)

(11) Cross-cultural Communication

Woodman, K. Politeness in the classroom: Cross-cultural issues in language learning. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Symposium on Politeness: East meets West. (Budapest, Hungary) (July, 2008).

(12) Genetics and Language Learning

Woodman, K., Ellis, N and Ellis, E. Workshop on issues in SLA. Presented at Planning Workshop for the
Genetics and Environmental Factors in SLA Project, at the Institute for Behavioral Genet ics (University of Colorado, Boulder) (June 16 and 17, 2007).

Woodman, K. Second language acquisition, second language teaching: Issues and questions. Invited paper presented at Mini-conference on SLA, as part of SLATS planning meeting. (University of Stavanger) (Stavanger, Norway) (November 15-25)

(13) The Brain, Language and Second Language Learning

Woodman, K. Multimodality stimulation: Explaining increased fluency in study abroad programs. Paper presented at 2nd Nordic Conference on multimodal communication (Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden) (April, 2005).

Woodman, K. Language and the Brain: Recent insights from neuroscience. Paper presented for WEFLA Conference. (University of Holguin) (Holguin, Cuba) (April, 2004).

Woodman, K. The Brain and Language: New insights into how the brain works, and what it means for TESOL. Invited Plenary presented at TESOL on the Beach Confer ence. (Coff’s Harbour, NSW) (September, 2004)

(14) Career Development and Creating Your Dream Job

Woodman, K. Finding your dream ESL job. Workshop presented at Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, California (October, 2005)

Woodman, K. ESP in ESL teacher training: Designing your dream ESL job. Invited paper presented as part of Symposium on ESP in ESL Teacher Education. English for Specific Purposes/Teacher Education Intersection Session at TESOL 2004 Conference (Long Beach, CA) (April, 2004).

(15) Travel and language learning; The benefits of Study Abroad and Immersion programs

Woodman, K. Activation, acquisition and fluency: Benefits of Study Abroad. Paper presented for SLA seminar series at the Center for Advanced Research in Language Acquisition (CARLA). University of Minnesota, (Minneapolis, MN) (April, 2004).


Woodman, K. Activation, acquisition and fluency: Benefits of Study Abroad. Paper presented for the SLA Research Group, Department of Psychology (SLA Cognition Group). Concordia University, (Montreal, PQ) (May, 2004).

Woodman, K. Activation, acquisition and fluency: Benefits of Study Abroad. Paper presented for Cognition Research Group. University of Amsterdam, (Amsterdam, NH) (June, 2004).

Woodman, K. Language activation, acquisition and fluency in study abroad programs. Paper presented at British Open University colloquium. (Milton Keyes, UK) (April 2002).

Woodman, K. Activation, attrition, and progressive bilingualism: Explaining fluency in study abroad programs. Paper presented at Second Language Research Forum. (University of Toronto) (Toronto, Canada) (October 2002).

Woodman, K SLA, TESOL and Future Research. Paper presented at University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia) (November 2002)

Woodman, K. Fast and fluent: What really happens in study abroad programs. Paper presented at AILA conference. (Singapore) (December 2002)

Woodman, K Windows of opportunity and the butterfly effect. Paper presented at the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference. (Stamford, CT) (March 1999).

Woodman, K Addressing the butterfly effect in SLA - Defining factors in perceptions of achievement. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL) Conference at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. (Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, PQ)(June 1999).

Woodman, K Language acquisition or language activation? Describing linguistic processes in short-term study abroad programs. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Linguistics (CLA) Conference at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. (Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, PQ) (June 1999).

Woodman, K. Time to Change? Exploring the temporal dimension of SLA. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Congrès International des Linguistes (CIL 16). Paris, France (July, 1997)

(16) Gender and Language

Woodman, K. Gender differences in Language and Language Use. Presentation for the Language Training Centre (University of New England) (Armidale, Australia) (May, September 2003).

Woodman, K. Gender, Language, and Expectations: Implications for SLA. Paper presented at Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference (London, Ontario) (May, 1996)

Woodman, K. Bringing gender into the equation: Implications for SLA. Paper presented at Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference (Learned Societies Conference) (Montreal, PQ) (June, 1995)

Woodman, K. Language learning, gender & culture: Implications for teacher training. Paper presented at TESL Niagara (St. Catharines, Ont) (January, 1995)

Woodman, K. Language teaching, gender and culture: Effects in the ESL classroom. Paper presented at Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference (Vancouver, B.C.) (June 1994)

Woodman, K. Language teaching, gender and culture: Implications for teacher training. Paper presented at TESL Canada Conference (Toronto, Ont) (November 1994)

(20) Career change, semi-retirement and working overseas

Woodman, K 10 keys to success overseas. Paper presented at BCTEAL Conference. (Vancouver, BC) (February, 2001)

Woodman, K Tapping into the hidden job market: Finding your dream job. Workshop presented at Greater Victoria Business Development Centre (Victoria, BC) (July 1999).

Woodman, K Teaching English overseas. Paper presented at the 2nd Language Workshop and Seminar Series (University of Victoria, Victoria, BC) (September 1999)

Woodman, K. Things my TESL teachers never told me: Preparing to work abroad. Workshop presented at BCTEAL 97. (Canadian International College)(Vancouver, B.C). (April, 1997)

Woodman, K. Preparing to work abroad: Everything you every wanted to know but were afraid to ask Workshop presented at TEAL'94 (Vancouver, B.C.) (May, 1994)

Woodman, K. Things my TESL teacher never told me: TESL vs TEFL. (Planning for working abroad). Paper presented at TESOL'92 (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)(Vancouver, B.C.) (March, 1992)

(17) Testing and Evaluation in Education; Developing good language assessments

Woodman, K, Testing and evaluation across the ESL curriculum. Paper presented at BCTEAL Conference. (Vancouver, BC) (February, 2001)

Woodman, K. Designing and evaluating tests across the curriculum. Workshop presented for BCGEU Professional Development Day (Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC) (June, 2000)

Woodman, K. Testing, TESL and Linguistics: A symbiosis?.Lecture presented at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ont) (February, 1995)

(18) History of Language, Historical Linguistics

Woodman, K The Goddess and the Sea People: On the origins of the Minoan Scripts. Paper presented at School of Human and Environmental Studies Seminar series (University of New England, Armidale, NSW) (May, 2001).

Woodman, K. On translating Saussure: Linguistics, science and structuralism. Paper presented at North West Linguistic Conference (Vancouver, B.C.) (February, 1994)

Woodman, K. Symbols of The Goddess in the Minoan scripts. Paper presented at Linguistic Circle colloquium (University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.) (February, 1992).

Woodman, K. The Goddess and the Sea People: The origins of the Minoan scripts. Paper presented at Berkeley Women and Language Conference (April 4-5, 1992).
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
As an Enrichment lecturer, I have given:

1) workshops on Argentine tango (Princess lines: Sea Princess, trans-Pacific cruise, January 2017)
2) destination lectures relating local food to destinations (RC Mariner of the Seas, Shanghai to Singapore, September 2017)
3) enrichment lectures related to language and culture (RC Explorer of the Seas, Sydney to New Caledonia to Sydney, March 2018)
4) enrichment lectures related to language and culture (RC Voyager of the Seas, Sydney to New Caledonia and Vanuatu to Sydney, April 2018)
5) enrichment lectures related to language and culture (RC Radiance of the Seas, Sydney to Honolulu, April-May 2018)
6) enrichment and destination lectures related to language, ports and culture (NCL Jewel, Tokyo to Seattle, May 2018)
7) enrichment and destination lectures related to language, ports and culture (Sea Princess, Sydney to Dubai, June 2018)
8) enrichment and destination lectures related to language, ports and culture (Brilliance of the Seas, Amsterdam to Tampa, September 2018)

Also see scan copies of letters of appreciation under “My Profile”

Some of my upcoming enrichment/destination cruises include):
(1) Seattle to Sydney (RC Explorer of the Seas, October 2018)
(2) Singapore to Hong Kong to Singapore (Celebrity Millennium, December 2018-January 2019)
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION
- Dual citizenship (Canadian and Australian)
- USA SIN number
- Multilingual (English, French, Spanish)
- Advanced Level Social Dancer: Argentine tango (can also teach beginner level); latin dances (salsa, merengue, bachata, zouk, forro: can teach beginner level in some); ballroom (most styles); swing
- Worked at a Hotel and Cruise Line Training Centre (familiar with onboard life)
- Cruise travel insurance



CRUISE REPORT
MARINER of the SEAS - September 9, 2017
Dear Karen
On behalf of our Cruise Director Ken, our Activities Manager Kitty, and myself and all of the officers, staff and crew of the Mariner of the Seas, I would like to thank you for your wonderful work on this voyage.
You certainly helped us improve our program, and we sincerely thank you for being so accommodating. You went above and beyond with the guests – and for us – and we really appreciate it.
I hope you had a pleasant voyage onboard the Mariner of the Seas and hope to see you cruising with us again in the near future.

Best wishes
Flavia Sakurai, Cruise Program Administrator