Branden Kirchmeyer

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Branden Kirchmeyer
Sojo University
Center for Education and Innovation SOJO International Learning Center(SILC)
Ed.M. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)(The State University of New York, University at Buffalo), English(The State University of New York - College at Geneseo)
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Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Sep 2014
Senior Assistant Professor, Sojo International Learning Center, Sojo University
Jul 2012
Sep 2014
Teacher, Freedom English School
Sep 2009
May 2012
Substitute Teacher, Tonawanda City Schools


Aug 2010
May 2012
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Graduate School of Education, The State University of New York, University at Buffalo
Aug 2005
May 2009
English; Adol. Education - English, Ella Cline Shear School of Education, The State University of New York - College at Geneseo

Research Grants & Projects

Online Formative Assessment Tool for Second Language Development
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT): Grants-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Apr 2021    Investigator(s): Branden Kirchmeyer
The purpose of this research is to determine the extent to which an online database and web application programming interface (API) can be used a s aformative assessment tool for teachers and students of English communication courses in Japan.
US Consulate Fukuoka Scholarship
U.S. Consulate Fukuoka: Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program
Project Year: Aug 2019 - Sep 2019    Investigator(s): Branden Kirchmeyer
This project aims to initiate a recurring exchange program between entrepreneurial-minded Japanese university students in Kumamoto, Japan and counterparts in the U.S., specifically in the Buffalo-Niagara region of Western New York. In the pilot pr...

Committee Memberships

Nov 2016
Japan Association for Language Teaching  NanKyu Chapter President
Apr 2019
Apr 2021
Japan Association for Self-Access Learning  Treasurer
Sep 2017
Japan Association for Language Teaching  Section Editor
Mar 2018
Japan Association for Language Teaching  Reader

Awards & Honors

Feb 2016
Moodle for Mixed Skills Course, Best Moodle Open Courseware of 2016 - Second Prize, Moodle Association of Japan
Winner: Elton LaClare, Chris Tempest, Branden Kirchmeyer

Conference Activities & Talks

The SALC Series: Promoting Independent Learning
PanSIG 2019   19 May 2019   JALT
Building agency with the sound of one's own voice
JALT 2018   25 Nov 2018   
Collaborating with Microsoft Teams and Office 365
JALT 2018   23 Nov 2018   
Providing engaging comprehensible input through video
JALT CALL 2018   9 Jun 2018   
Student Activity in an Online Self-Access Course
JALT 2017   20 Nov 2017   


Book Review: Beyond Repeat After Me: Teaching Pronunciation to English Learners
JALT Journal   39(2) 212--215   Nov 2017
Reflections on designing and implementing a task-based unit using gamebooks
Sarah Faherty
Sojo University Journal   42 183--191   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
Book Review: Positively English! Developing Speaking Fluency
The Language Teacher   41(2) 37--38   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
Done in sixty seconds: Fluid, fun, and frequent bottom-up processing tasks for beginners
Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum 2015 Conference Proceedings   1 21--32   Nov 2016   [Refereed]


Shaking Things Up
The Others   Jun 2018
Getting (and Keeping) it Together with OneNote
The Others   Nov 2017

Social Contribution

[Planner]  Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum  (Sojo University)  Feb 2018 - Dec 2018
Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum 2018
[Planner]  Sojo University / JALT NanKyu Chapter  (Sojo University)  Apr 2017 - Feb 2018
Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum 2017
[Planner]  Sojo University / JALT NanKyu Chapter  (Sojo University)  Apr 2016 - Feb 2017
Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum 2016
[Planner]  Sojo University / JALT NanKyu Chapter  (Sojo University)  Apr 2015 - Feb 2016
Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum 2015
[Planner]  Sojo University / JALT NanKyu Chapter  (Sojo University)  Sep 2014 - Feb 2015