Brian Pfeifer leads an academic team of 7 ESL teachers in a college preparation program on a small New England liberal arts college. In the past he has led multi-cultural teams in China and S. Korea. He taught businessmen to perform in high-stakes settings and master business English and Communication Skills in Japan. Brian rolled around on the floor with Chinese pre-schoolers while introducing them to basic EFL literacy and sociolinguistic skills. Brian studied Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Newcastle University and continues to conduct research, create games, and build tools for learning success.
With over 10 years of experience teaching and conducting research in five countries on three continents, Brian Pfeifer creates tools that enhance learning while drawing the power of games and gamification to inspire students. Playfulness is just as important as providing scaffolding to ensure success.
Brian Pfeifer has presented at several conferences including JALT, KOTESOL, The Boston Festival of Indi Games, and JALT CALL. The Young Astronaut's Club created by Brian for Geyonggi English Village was awarded "Most Popular Club". Brian has published "The Dogsoldier Codex" a primer on medieval combat, and By the Way, a card game modelling turn-taking and changing conversation topics.
Brian hold and MA in Applied Linguistics & TESOL from Newcastle University. His research interest include Conversation Analysis, Games and Education, Gamification, and Corpus Linguistics.
I love hiking, cooking, tea and tea culture, and playing with my family.