Dr Kayoko Hashimoto

Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
k.hashimoto@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56328

Overview

Dr Kayoko Hashimoto’s main research area is Language Policy in the field of Applied Linguistics.

She is currently Japanese Discipline Coordinator in the School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Queensland.

Kayoko has expertise in Japan’s language policy for English as a foreign language and Japanese as the national language. Studies of language policy contribute to our understanding of dynamics between state control and individual empowerment in the increasingly fluid geopolitical environment. As a language educator and researcher in Australia, the knowledge of language policies in the world is essential to deliver language programs effectively, meeting needs of both domestic and international students with diverse backgrounds and setting future directions of Australia’s multilingual and multicultural society. The majority of her past work focuses on Japan’s language policy in education in relation to English language teaching and internationalisation. For the last five years, it has extended to language policy for Japanese language teaching outside and inside Japan, which has brought a new perspective to her research – language teaching as a source of diplomacy and a solution for domestic and regional issues.

Kayoko has published an edited book, Japanese Language and Soft Power in Asia (2017, Palgrave Macmillan). This cutting edge collection examines how Japanese functions as a key element of Japanese soft power in Asia, offers an interdisciplinary perspective on Japan’s language policies and broader social, economic and political processes, and considers the future of Japanese as a form of soft power in Asia as the country prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

She also co-edited a book, Professional Development of English Language Teaching Asia: Lessons from Japan and Vietnam (2018, Routledge), with Associate Prof Van-Trao Nguyen, President of Hanoi University. Why is English language proficiency in Japan and Vietnam so low? Why do EFL teachers struggle with curriculum changes? Does professional development actually serve the need of teachers? This book answers these questions by examining how the professional development of EFL teachers has been addressed and defined in the government language policies in Japan and Vietnam.

She has recently published one co-edited book and one co-authored book on native-speakerims: Toward Post-native-speakerism: dynamics and shifts edited (2018, Springer) with S.A. Houghton, and Beyond Native-Speakerism: Current Explorations and Future Visions (2018, Routledge) with S.A. Houghton & R.J. Rivers.

Kayoko has been invited as a keynote speaker of the international symposium in October 2018 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Japanese language teaching at Hanoi University, Vietnam.

In addition to her work at UQ, she is an editor (Language & Education) of Asian Studies Review, and serves on the editorial board of Intercultural Communication and Language Education series, Springer.

Research Interests

  • Japanese language teaching in Southeast Asia
    With focus on Thailand and Vietnam. This project is listed as a UQ Summer Research Project (2018-2019).
  • Language policy, ethnography and minority languages
    Relationships between central government's policy and maintenance of local minority languages in Asia.
  • Native-speakerism
    In English language teaching and Japanese language teaching.
  • Teacher perceptions of proficiency and achievement
    With Dr Noriko Iwashita as part of School Teaching Innovation Grant: Revitalising language assessment.
  • Commodification of English language education in higher education
    In relation to: internationalisation, English as medium of instruction, and neoliberalism

Research Impacts

Kayoko’s expertise in language policy and language teaching assists stakeholders to deepen their understanding of dynamics between central governments’ language policies and local implementation as well as state control and individual learner’s empowerment in the world.

She was a member of Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World (issued on 21 February 2018 International Mother Language Day).

She was also a member of “Japanese language education working group” chaired by Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane (2016-2017). This led to a new course development (the first course offered in 2018) that allows UQ students to visit local public schools to assist Japanese language classes, liaised with Education QLD and MLTAQ.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University
  • Master of Arts, Sophia University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kansai Gaidai

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Supervision

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Publications

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Conference Publication

  • Hashimoto, Kayoko (2012). Literacy policy in multicultural Australia. In: John C. Mayer, Jelisava Dobovsek-Sethna and Cary Duval, Literacy for dialogue in multilingual societies: Proceedings of Linguapax Asia Symposium 2011. Linguapax Asia International Symposium 2011, Tokyo, Japan, (31-38). 3 December 3 2011.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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