Welcome to my website.

Welcome to my website, which provides details of all of my research activities and publications. Most of these resources are available for download – I’m happy to share them with applied linguists, language teachers and language students around the world! 

Research interests: Discourse analysis, corpus analysis, authenticity, language pedagogy, materials design, second language writing strategies, research methodologies, complex systems.


Associate Professor (Academic English)

Department of Civil Engineering University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo
Tokyo 113-8656


1989: B.Sc. Honours Degree in Biological Chemistry, University of Leicester, U.K.

1991: Cambridge University Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (International House, Barcelona, Spain)

1996: Cambridge University Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (International Language Centres, Tokyo, Japan)

1998: M.A. in English Language Teaching, University of Nottingham, U.K.

1998: Registered Teacher Trainer for the University of Cambridge CELTA course, SKOLA Teacher Training, London, U.K.

2007: PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of Nottingham, U.K. Thesis title: Getting real in the language classroom: Developing Japanese students’ communicative competence with authentic materials (supervisors: Professor Ronald Carter & Professor Zoltán Dörnyei).

Professional Experience

2009 ~                   Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan (courses include: ‘Cross-Cultural Communication’; ‘Introduction to Research Methods’; ‘Introduction to English Language Teaching’; Academic Reading; Academic Writing; Presentation Skills; English Comprehension).

2009 ~                    Member of Language Teaching International Advisory Board (Cambridge University Press, U.K.).

2009 ~ 2016         Associate Editor for the Asian EFL Journal.

2009 ~ 2014         Materials writer & supervisor (Discourse Analysis) for distance learning M.A. Nottingham University, U.K.

2007 ~ 2009      Visiting Lecturer (Applied Linguistics), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

2003 ~ 2009      Medical English teacher, Hyogo Emergency Medical Center, Kobe, Japan.

2002 ~ 2007      Assistant/Associate Professor, Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan.

2002 ~ 2007         Teacher Trainer, University of Cambridge CELTA, Language Resources, Kobe, Japan.

2002 ~ 2009      Lecturer, Konan Women’s University, Kobe, Japan.

1999 ~ 2002         English Instructor/Materials Designer, British Aerospace, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

1999                       Teacher Trainer for University of Cambridge CELTA, Stoke-on-Trent College, U.K.

1998 ~ 1999         English Instructor (part-time), Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K.

1996 ~ 1997         Director of Studies, International Language Centres, Tokyo, Japan.

1994 ~ 1996         English Instructor, International Language Centres, Tokyo, Japan.

1992 ~ 1994         English Instructor, Anglo Mexicano Instituto de Cultura, Mexico D. F., Mexico.