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Tomomi Okazaki Last modified date:2019.05.30

Professor / 九州大学
The International Student Center




Academic Degree
B.A. degree in Japanese Literature
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
No
Field of Specialization
Japanese Language Education, Japanese Linguistics
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
10years00months
Outline Activities
Researches on the following topics are in progress:
- Analysis on perspectives in language teaching & learning of native and non-native teachers of Japanese
- Developing Japanese courses using the web-based training system
- Cultural aspects in language learning & teaching

Coordinator:
- Kyushu University Summer Course 'Asia in Today's World': 2001〜2016
- Mahidol University Program: 2011〜2016
- ASEAN Program: 2014 & 2015
- Intensive Summer Language Course for the Master's course students at University of London School of African & Oriental Studies (SOAS): 2015〜2017

Teaching:
- Japan in Today's World program (JTW) core course subject: Linguistic Description of Japanese
- Japanese Language & Culture Course (JLCC) : Japanese vocabulary & usage, Japanese expressions & styles
- Japanese Academic Courses (JACs): Basic Kanji course (K-3), Integrated Japanese course for absolute beginners (J-1), etc.

Committee Memberships:
- Member, Steering Committee for Kyushu University Short Exchange Programes
- Member, Committee for Kyushu University International Exchanges
- Member, Committee for Kyushu University Educational Planning
- Member, Kyushu University International Student Center Committee
Research
Research Interests
  • Developing social linguistic skills in foreign language classroom
    keyword : foreign language education, cross-cultural communication, social linguistic skills
    2007.04.
  • Feasibility study for developing joint educational programmes amongst Asian universities
    keyword : Asian universities, joint programs, credit transfer, quality assurance
    2005.05~2007.03Feasibility study for developing joint educational programmes amongst Asian universities..
  • Research on teaching methodology and teaching materials suitable for web-based Japanese language classes
    keyword : WBT, DVTS, JFL, JSL
    2004.10~2010.03Research on teaching methodology and teaching materials suitable for web-based language classes, particullarly Japanese language classes, which are connected by the digital video transfer system and taught parallel and simultaneously between Japan and abroad..
  • Reseach on perspectives in language teaching and learning
    keyword : native and non-native teachers of Japanese, cooperation, perspectives
    2002.04~2005.03Reseach on perspectives in language teaching and learning, which may or may not be shared by native teachers and non-native teachers of Japanese in and/or outside of Japan..
  • Developing Japanese language courses for Chinese learners
    keyword : JFL, Chinese learners, course development
    1999.04~2002.03Developing Japanese as a foreign language courses for Chinese learners who learn the Japanese language outside of Japan..
Current and Past Project
  • Research on developing joint programs between universities in Asia.
  • Analysis on perspective in laguage teaching and learning of native and non-native teachers of Japanese who teach in and/or outside of Japan.
  • Developing Japamese as a foreign language courses for learners in China, focusing on communication skills.
Academic Activities
Books
1. Wanting to Know more about Asia: Approch of Kysuhu University.
2. Bowring, R. J., Laurie, H. L. and Okazaki, T., An Intoroduction to Modern Japanese, Cambridge University Faculty of Oriental Studies, 全380頁, 1988.01.
Reports
1. Kyushu University Intensive Japanese Course for Graduate Students from SOAS, University of London.
2. Report on the 2014 Asia in Today's World (ATW) Program.
3. Report on the ASEAN in Today's World (AsTW) 2015.
4. Report on the 2014 Mahidol University Short-Term Student Exchange Program.
5. Report on the ASEAN in Today's World (AsTW) 2014.
6. Report on the 2014 Asia in Today's World (ATW) Program.
7. Report on the 2014 Mahidol University Short-Term Student Exchange Program.
8. Report on the 2013 Asia in Today's World (ATW) Program.
9. Report on the 2013 Mahidol University Short-Term Student Exchange Program.
10. Report on the 2012 Asia in Today's World (ATW) Program.
11. Report on the 2012 Mahidol University Short-Term Student Exchange Program.
12. 2007 Asia in Today's World program (ATW).
13. Asia in Today's World Program (ATW).
14. Asia in Today's World Programme (ATW).
15. WebCT and Japanese Language Education.
16. Developing Japanese Language Courses for Chinese University Students in China.
17. Developing Japanese Language Courses for the Family Members of International Students.
18. JLC: An Attempt to Set up Japanese Language Courses for International Students Based on the New Concept.
19. Okazaki, T., Teaching Japanese in Schools, University of Essex /UK Department of Education, 全26頁, 1993.01.
20. Okazaki, T., Teaching and Testing Japanese and Similar Languages in School - Teaching Report II, University of Essex /UK Department of Education, 全55頁, 1992.06.
Papers
1. Tomomi Okazaki, WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH IN FOREIGN/SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES? IT IS GRAMMAR OR CULTURE? THE EXAMPLE OF JAPANESE SENTENCES WITH DONATIVE VERBS, The Fifth CLS International Conference CLaSIC 2012 Culture in Foreign Language Learning: Framing and Reframing the Issue, p. 588-p. 599, 2012.12, [URL], When cultural matters are dealt with in Japanese-as-foreign/second-language (JFL/JSL) classes, this often involves introducing traditional festivals, typical life styles, and distinctive customs and etiquette observed in Japanese society, while grammar exercises are set apart from those introductions. Although the division of culture and grammar in JFL/JSL classes has a rather long tradition, and has not much been discussed up to now, is it not true that the grammar of any language, inclusive of semantics, syntax and pragmatics, exhibits (encodes) many behavioral patterns or tendencies shared by native speakers of that language? In this paper, Japanese "giving" and "receiving" expressions are examined in some detail in order to understand them better and to look for any important Japanese behavioral patterns or tendencies reflected therein, considering in reflection whether more culture-awareness accounting is possible and needed when grammar is presented in JFL/JSL classes. .
2. International Collaboration in Asian Universities: A Feasibility Study for Developing Collaborative Curricula.
3. Perspectives on Japanese Language Education: A Case Study of Native and Non-native Teachers of Japanese in Hong Kong.
4. Japanese Language Education at Huaqiao University in Fujian, China.
5. From 'Being Made to Speak' to `Wanting to Speak'.
6. Developing Communication-skill-based Learning Materials for Chinese Learners of Japanese in China.
7. Image and reality of Chinese Learners of Japanese in China.
8. Perspectives of Native and Non-native Teachers on Language Education: A Case Study of Teachers Japanese in Japan and China.
9. Perspectives on Japanese Language Education: A Case Study of University Students in China.
10. How Speakers of Chinese Use Japanese Verbs.
11. Japanese Language Education at Universities in China.
Presentations
1. Tomomi Okazaki, What are we dealing with in foreign/second language classes? The example of Japanese sentences with donative verbs., The Fifth CLS International Conference, 2012.12, [URL], When cultural matters are dealt with in Japanese-as-foreign/second-language (JFL/JSL) classes, this often involves introducing traditional festivals, typical life styles, and distinctive customs and etiquette observed in Japanese society, while grammar exercises are set apart from those introductions. Although the division of culture and grammar in JFL/JSL classes has a rather long tradition, and has not much been discussed up to now, is it not true that the grammar of any language, inclusive of semantics, syntax and pragmatics, exhibits (encodes) many behavioral patterns or tendencies shared by native speakers of that language? In this paper, Japanese "giving" and "receiving" expressions are examined in some detail in order to understand them better and to look for any important Japanese behavioral patterns or tendencies reflected therein, considering in reflection whether more culture-awareness accounting is possible and needed when grammar is presented in JFL/JSL classes. .
2. A Report on the Japan-Korea Web Based Course on Japanese Language and Culture.
3. Proximity amangest Native and Non-native Teachers and Learners: A Case Study of Teachers and Learners of Japanese in Thailand.
4. Teaching Style and Target Language Environment.
5. Perspectives on Japanese Language Education: A Case Study of Native and Non-native Teachers of Japanese in Hong Kong.
6. A Report on the Trial Use of WebCT in Japanese Classes for International Students.
7. University's Future and Short Exchange Program.
8. Image and Reality of Chinese Learners of Japanese in PRC.
9. Perspectives on Japanese Language Education: A Case Study of Japanese and Chinese Teachers of Japanese.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japanese Language Education Methods
  • Japan Consortium for Area Studies
  • Kyushu Association of Japanese Language Education
Educational
Educational Activities
- Linguistic Description of Japanese (Japan in Today's World' Program)
- Japanese Vocabulary & Usage (Japanese Language and Culture Course)
- Japanese Expressions & Styles (Japanese Language and Culture Course)
- Japanese Academic Courses: Kanji course, Writing course)
- Coordinator: Asia in Today's World program (2001~2016), Mahidol program (2012〜2016), Intensive Japanese Course for the SOAS graduate students (2015・2016)
Other Educational Activities
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  • 1992.10.
  • 1997.03.
  • 1999.09.
  • 2000.01.
  • 2000.09.
  • 2001.10.
  • 2003.03.
  • 2005.07.
  • 2006.07.
  • 2007.10.
  • 2010.07, Coordinator: Kyushu University Summer Course - Asia in Today's World Program.
  • 2007.07.
  • 2008.07.
  • 2008.10, Visiting Bye-Fellow at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge (Oct. 2008 - Mar. 2009).
  • 2009.07, Coordinator: Kyushu University Summer Course - Asia in Today's World Program.
  • 2011.07, Coordinator: Kyushu University Summer Course - Asia in Today's World Program.
  • 2012.03, Conducted ' Intensive Japanese Course for Communication Skills' at Mahidol University (Thailand).
  • 2012.04, Coordinator for Mahidol Program in Spring.
  • 2012.07, Coordinator: Kyushu University Summer Course - Asia in Today's World Program.
  • 2013.04, Coordinated and conducted the 'Mahidol Program' for Thai students.
  • 2013.07, Coordinator: Kyushu University Summer Course - Asia in Today's World Program.
  • 2013.08, Coordinated and conducted the Intermediate Level Intensive Japanese Course for the International College of Mahidol University (Thailand).
  • 2013.09, Coordinated and conducted the 'Mahidol Program' for Japanese students..
  • 2014.03, Coordinated and conducted 'ASEAN in Today's World' Program together with/at Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines).
  • 2014.07, Coordinator: Kyushu University Summer Course - Asia in Today's World Program.
  • 2014.08, Conducted 'Intensive Japanese Course for Communication Skills' at Mahidol University (Thailand).
  • 2014.09, Coordinated and conducted the 'Mahidol Program' for Japanese students..
  • 2015.03, Coordinated and conducted 'ASEAN in Today's World' Program together with/at Vietnam National University - Hanoi.
  • 2015.07, Coordinate and run the Kyushu University Summer Program: Asia in Today's World (ATW).
  • 2015.08, Coordinated and conducted the 'Mahidol Program' for Japanese students..
  • 2015.08, Coordinated and conducted the 'Mahidol Program' for Thai students.
  • 2015.08, Act as a coordinator for the intensive Japanese language course for the graduate students from SOAS, University of London.
  • 2016.07, Coordinate and run the Kyushu University Summer Program: Asia in Today's World (ATW).
  • 2016.08, Coordinated and conducted the 'Mahidol Program' for Thai students.
  • 2016.08, Coordinated and conducted the 'Mahidol Program' for Japanese students..
  • 2016.08, Act as a coordinator for the intensive Japanese language course for the graduate students from SOAS, University of London.
Social
Professional and Outreach Activities
Committee Member, Asia Centre for Intellectual Exchange
Secretary, Human Resource Network for Highly-skilled persons
Lecturer, Sawara Civil Centre Training Course for Volunteer Teachers of Japanese.