Researcher biography

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

Kayoko has expertise in Japan's language policy for English as a foreign language and Japanese as the national language and a foreign 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, 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. Most 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 regional power and language skills as a source of individual empowerment in the era of transnational migration.

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.

She also co-edited a book, Professional Development of English Language Teaching Asia: Lessons from Japan and Vietnam (2018, Routledge), with V-T. Nguyen. Why is English language proficiency in Japan and Vietnam so low? Why do EFL teachers struggle with curriculum changes? Does professional development 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 also published one co-authored book and one co-edited book on native-speakerims: Beyond Native-Speakerism: Current Explorations and Future Visions (2018, Routledge) with S.A. Houghton & R.J. Rivers, and Toward Post-native-speakerism: dynamics and shifts edited (2018, Springer) with S.A. Houghton.

Kayoko was 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 a thematic editor (Language & Education) of Asian Studies Review and Japan & Korea Councillor of Asian Studies Association of Australia, as well as an editorial board member of Springer Intercultural Communication and Language Education series.

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