Researcher biography

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.