BEN SHEARON is a Lecturer at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. He was born in Germany to British parents and has lived in Spain, the UK, China, and Japan. Ben regularly conducts workshops for teachers in Japan and overseas, and is a certified Oxford Teacher Academy trainer. He is a member of the advisory school board for Nika Junior and Senior High School, and serves as educational advisor to Cambridge English, a private English school in Sendai. Current interests include student autonomy, independent learning, extensive reading and listening, vocabulary acquisition, testing, presenting, and the Japanese educational system. Ben has an MA in political science from Cambridge University and an MA in TEFL from Birmingham University.