Researcher

Professor Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson

My Expertise

Japanese language education, Japanese applied linguistics, second language acquisition of Japanese, learner autonomy in language learning, gender issues in Japanese, gender issues in Japanese society, curriculum development

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Biography

Chihiro Thomson is a Professor of Japanese Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages. She was born, educated in Tokyo, Japan, and graduated from Gakushuin University. She then received postgraduate education at Arizona State University in the US, while she pioneered Japanese language education at secondary and community levels in the state of Arizona. Upon completing her doctorate, she worked at the National University of Singapore,...view more

Chihiro Thomson is a Professor of Japanese Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages. She was born, educated in Tokyo, Japan, and graduated from Gakushuin University. She then received postgraduate education at Arizona State University in the US, while she pioneered Japanese language education at secondary and community levels in the state of Arizona. Upon completing her doctorate, she worked at the National University of Singapore, teaching Japanese at all levels and researching language pedagogy.

She joined UNSW in 1993, where she teaches Japanese language and supervises postgraduate students in applied linguistics, pedagogy, and second language acquisition. She has served as the Head of Department of Japanese Studies for three years (1999-2002), then the Head of School of Modern Language Studies for three years (2003-2005). She also served as the President of Japanese Studies Association of Australia (2009-2011), and as the Australian Representative of the Global Network of Japanese Language Education (2004-2017).

Her research interests are in issues related to learners and learning of foreign languages, Japanese in particular. She studies Australian learners of Japanese, including those of Japanese heritage, their characteristics, their language acquisition processes, their learning environments, as well as how we can best support their learning. Themes of her research range from learner agency and learner autonomy to Communities of Practice, and commodification and consumption of language learning.


My Qualifications

B.A. Gakushuin University, Tokyo

M.Ed. Arizona State University, USA

Ed.D. Arizona State University, USA


My Awards

2018     Postgraduate Research Supervision Award 2018 from Arc Postgraduate Council, UNSW Student Life and Dean of Graduate Research School of UNSW, Sydney.

2017     Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the Category of Research Supervision 2017 from UNSW, Sydney.

2017     Postgraduate Research Supervision Award 2017 from Arc Postgraduate Council, UNSW Student Life and Dean of Graduate Research School of UNSW, Sydney.

2016     Supervisor Award from Arc Postgraduate Council, UNSW Student Life and Dean of Graduate Research School of the University of New South Wales.

2016     Scientia Education Fellowship 2016-2020 in recognition of outstanding contributions to education at UNSW from the UNSW Scientia Education Academy.

2016     Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Japan and Australia, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government (2016).

2015    Dean’s Award for Best HDR Supervision from the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

2014    Dean’s Learning and Teaching Award for Outstanding Leadership in Higher Degree Supervision from the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. ($3,500)

2014    Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision Award 2014 from Arc Postgraduate Council, UNSW Student Life and Dean of Graduate Research School of the University of New South Wales.

2013    Outstanding Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision Award 2013 from Arc Postgraduate Council, UNSW Student Life and Dean of Graduate Research School of the University of New South Wales.

2012    Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2012. Thomson as a team leader of the UNSW Japanese Studies Team.

2012    Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision Award 2012 from Arc Postgraduate Council, UNSW Student Life and Dean of Graduate Research School of the University of New South Wales.

2012    Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2012 Australian Awards for University Teaching by Office of Learning and Teaching of the Australian Federal Government. Thomson as the team leader of UNSW Japanese Studies Team: For creating and sustaining a community of practice of leaners and speakers of Japanese that enhances the learning of Japanese language and promotes learner agency.

2010    Dean’s Award for Best SOTL Publication for New Pedagogies for Learner Agency: Japanese Language Education Research and Practice in Australia from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. ($3,500)

2009    Sir Niel Currie Australian Studies Award for New Pedagogies for Learner Agency: Japanese Language Education Research and Practice in Australia from the Australia-Japan Foundation. ($10,000)

2007    Consul General’s Award for outstanding contribution to promotion of Japanese language research and teaching in Australia from the Consul General of Japan, Sydney.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Various areas related to Japanese language education, second language acquisition of Japanese, speakers of Japanese as heritage language


Currently supervising

Language policies in Australia in relation to Japanese; Voices of teachers of Japanese in Australian schools


My Engagement

Japanese Studies Association of Australia
Society for Teachers of Japanese as a Foreign Language
Japanese Studies Association of Australia, President (2009-2011)
Global Network of Japanese Language Education, Australian Representative (2004-present)
Society of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (Japan), Member
Asian Studies Association of Australia, Member

Editorial Board Member:
Japan Journal of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism, a journal of JALT
Japanese Studies, a journal of Japanese Studies Association of Australia


My Teaching

Chihiro Thomson teaches mainly in two areas. First, she teaches undergraduate Japanese Communication courses. She has taught courses ranging from the large beginners Japanese to the specialised advanced Japanese. Her teaching approaches are widely known to Australian and international colleagues for being learner-centred, inclusive and innovative. Second, she teaches the final year Capstone course for the Japanese studies majors. She also supervises postgraduate students in areas of applied and educational linguistics and second language acquisition of Japanese. Her postgraduate students have conducted/is conducting research on the following topics and more: Corrective feedback and private speech in Japanese classrooms; Second language acquisition of Japanese by speakers of Chinese; Sociocultural understanding of learning of Japanese as a foreign language; Readers' voices in assessment of Japanese essays; Issues on Communities of Practice; motivation of learners of Japanese; language policies.

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Location

248 Morven Brown

Contact

9385 3753
93858705