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Hi! I’m Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto. I’m an English teacher currently living in Kitakyushu, Japan. I’ve taught English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) for a little more than 20 years, and in those years I have taught all ages in many different environments–private language schools, public schools, businesses, community centers, my home, and even a university extension class or two.

Why do I use three names? Well, my married name is Sakamoto, and most of my friends know me as Barb Sakamoto. However, I’m co-author of a children’s English textbook series called Let’s Go, and most of the teachers who use Let’s Go know me as Barbara Hoskins. So, to be safe, I use all three names!

I’m passionate about teaching, especially about teaching English to young learners. I want to learn about anything that will make me a better teacher. These days, that includes learning how to use web 2.o tools and virtual worlds in the classroom and for professional development, learning about new teaching methodologies and techniques, trying to keep up with research about how children learn. Luckily, I have found generous online friends who help me learn. Hence the title of my blog: Teaching Village. I know that I’m a better teacher when I can work with others. I think we all benefit from sharing with each other.

I’m hoping that Teaching Village will help me connect with EFL teachers I’ve met in workshops around the world, and to make new friends, too!







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  2. […] reading what motivates people to do what they do and particulary like the way that Sara Hannam, Barbara Sakamoto and Anne Hodgson introduce themsleves on their blogs.  Anne does it in German as […]

  3. […] kicking-off this series of “hot spot” interviews with Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto in Japan. Two additional teachers in Japan with unique perspectives will also be contributing their […]

  4. […] created and is maintained by a co-writer of the wildly popular Let’s Go series, the talented Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto.  I have been using various components of this fine series with great success for many […]

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  6. […] update it very often (on the blogging scale of things, at least). Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto has a hugely successful blog, although she seems to be focusing on guest posts […]

  7. […] Last weekend I ran the 3rd Old ELT post for Teaching Village, a collaborative teaching blog edited by Barbara Sato. [click here to read more about teaching village] […]

  8. […] Best group blog is also hands down the Teaching Village and its wonderful chief, Barbara Sakamoto.  So many great posts to explore there and thanks to Barbara for bringing that to life and […]

  9. […] I unfortunately don’t really know. However, I have certainly heard her name mentioned a lot. Barbara Sakamoto and her blog Teaching Village. From her Bio on her blog I can see that we share similar interests […]

  10. […] some of my “wow” moments related to being a connected teacher. It just so happens that Barb Hoskins Sakamoto (also of #iTDi) recently asked about WOW moments in professional development, as related to […]

  11. […] Barbara Hoskins Sacomoto of Teaching village.org and programme director […]

  12. […] first panel featured Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, David Deubelbeiss, Chuck Sandy and Luke Meddings. Chuck Sandy couldn’t make it in the end […]

  13. […] Barbara Sakamoto’s Teaching Village has been blogging since June 2009. […]