Born in London, UK.
BA English ＆ US Literature. University of Essex. (2000)
MA Japanese Language ＆ Society. University of Sheffield. (2009)
PhD Internationalization of Education, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University. (candidate since 2014)
A teacher in Tokyo since 2003.
Prior to joining RKU, taught in English programs at Waseda University and Meikai University.
Playing and Recording music, cooking, cycling
Learning to communicate in English is becoming increasingly essential in a wide range of businesses and other aspects of society. The first steps toward becoming a fluent communicator are overcoming your fear of making mistakes, and believing that you can achieve your goals.
Japanese modern history
Language teaching methodology
Currently undertaking PhD research concerned with critical thinking and the internationalization of Education at Japanese Universities. I’m looking at why critical thinking has become a key concept as Japanese universities look to internationalize, what critical thinking means in this context, and how it is being taught.
My previous research was concerned with the development of historical narratives of the Pacific War in postwar Japan, through propaganda and censorship carried out during the period of American occupation.
I have also written on English teaching classroom practices and contributed to English textbook publications.
‘The Historical Articles on the War in the Pacific’ and collective memory of the Pacific War. MA dissertation (2009, Sheffield University).
‘Academic Writing Skills’ Contributor. Books 1-3. (2012, Cambridge University Press).
‘Suggestions for a Comprehension Focused Approach to Dictogloss’ (2013, Meikai University Journal of Tourism & Hospitality).
Language is a tool but learning a language can be a pleasure in itself.