MM's Curriculum Vitae


Current: Owner/Operator, Mr. Micawber's. Private lessons for business, academic and conversational English, and language test preparation. I also write test questions for TOEFL, TOEIC and Eiken STEP, and offer proofreading, rewriting and editing services for corporate and individual clients.  In addition, I teach part-time at EUC, a commercial language school in Yokohama.

1994-95: Corporate and Commercial Language School English Instructor on contract to GEOS, Simul Academy, TOFL Seminar, Career Development Inc., YMCA, and Sony Communications.

1992-93: Head Teacher, latterly Curriculum Manager, Bi-Lingual Language Institute, Yokohama. Responsible for supervising teachers, advising them on teaching texts and methods, liaising with sales staff and head office, advising staff and customers on curriculum, curriculum planning, daily class scheduling, student file maintenance, and other school operations.

1990-92: Corporate English Instructor, Bi-Lingual Language Institute. I taught corporate classes at Nissan, NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ajinomoto, Kirin, Maruzen, Fuji Bank, Macnica, IDEC, Isuzu, Kanebo, Nikki, Nippi, and many other companies.

1988-90: Office Manager, Los Angeles Audubon Society, Los Angeles, California. Active management of a non-profit environmental conservation organization.

1983-86: Auditor, Office of the Auditor General of the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Financial accounting and auditing while working toward chartered accountant (CPA) certification.

1977-81: Production Manager, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Overall responsibility for coordination of production facilities, schedules, budgets and technical staff. I was also a Stagecraft and Stage Management instructor, teaching two undergraduate courses and a graduate seminar.

1968-77: Production Manager, Stage Manager, Technical Director and performer for theatre and dance companies in the USA and Canada, including Les Feux-follets, Canada's national dance ensemble.

1967-68: English Instructor, Berlitz School of Languages, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Private and group ESL classes for francophones.

Career overview:  newspaper stuffer, gravesite salesman, laboratory assistant, maintenance man, taxi driver, stevedore, English teacher, bus driver, editor, production manager, lighting designer, bookstore manager, stage technician, tour guide, chicken cutter, folk singer, oyster picker, accountant, tree planter, auditor, shipping clerk, schooner crewman, administrator, bartender, actor.


1997: Tactile English Workshop, International Management Institute, Tokyo, Japan
1996: TOEIC Item-Writing Workshop, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ
1994: Advanced Certificate in TEFL, Tokyo, Japan
1985: School of Chartered Accountancy (Income Taxation), Vancouver, Canada
1983: Associate of Arts (Business Management), Camosun College, Victoria, Canada
1980-81: Graduate Studies (Behavioural Ecology), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
1979: Production Management Seminar, Banff School of Management, Canada
1966-67: Graduate Studies (Theatre), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
1965: Secondary Teaching Certification (English, Biology), State of Florida, USA
1965: Bachelor of Arts (English), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA


I have been a member of the Japan Association for Language Learning (JALT), Canadian Actors' Equity Association, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Special interests include content-based language instruction and authentic materials development. I presented on the latter at the JALT '97 International Conference, and published on the same topic in The Language Teacher, September 1998 (V.22 no.9). I have edited several short works on kyudo (Japanese archery) and produced a trilingual Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Japan.


'Dual' US and Canadian citizen, in good health, born Kinston, North Carolina, USA. Permanent resident visa in Japan. Third dan in kyudo.