Professor Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson

Professor (Japanese)
B.A., M.Ed, Ed.D
School of Humanities & Languages

Contact

9385 3753
93858705
Room 248, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics, Japanese Language
Tags: Communication Across Languages and Culture, Learner and Learning Processes

Research

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 is currently the Australian Representative of the Global Network of Japanese Language Education.

Her research interests are in issues related to learers and learning of foreign languages, Japanese in particular. She studies Australian learners of Japanese, 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.

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Thomson CK, 2016, 'Tsunagari no motarasu mono [Outcomes of the connections]', in Thomson CK (ed.), HIto to tsunagari, sekai to tsunagaru nihongo kyouiku [Japanese Language Education: Connecting people, Connected to the World], Kuroshio Publishing, Tokyo Japan, pp. 212 - 229
    • Thomson CK, 2016, 'Kyoushitsu no naka ni shakai o: daigaku no nihongo kyoushitu to shakai to hito no tsunagari o kangaeru [Bringing the real world into classrooms: Connecting tertiary Japanese classrooms to the outside', in thomson CK (ed.), Hito to tsunagari, sekai to tsunagaru nihongo kyouiku [Japanese Language Education: Connecting People, Connected to the World], Kuroshio Publishing, Tokyo Japan, pp. 2 - 21
    • Thomson CK, 2014, 'Creating learning pathways through Japanese Communities of Practice', in Travis C; Hajek J; Nettlebeck C; Beckmann E; Lloyd-Smith A (ed.), Practices and Policies: Current research in languages and cultures education, LCNAU, Canberra, pp. 101 - 112
    • Thomson CK;Chan S, 2014, 'Effects of Mother-Tongue in the Acquisition of Japanese in the Case of the Noun Modifier ”no”', in The 9th International Japanese Language and Japanese Studies Symposium Editorial Committee (ed.), Practices and Potentials of Bidirectional Approaches between Japanese Language Education and Japanese Studies., Coco Publishing, Tokyo, pp. 293 - 304
    • Thomson CK;Mori T, 2014, 'Japanese Communities of Practice: Creating opportunities for out-of-class learning', in Nunan D; Richards JC (ed.), Language Learning Beyond the Classroom, edn. ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series, Routledge, New York, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415713153/
    • Thomson CK;Ohara T, 2014, 'Nihongo o shiyou suru ba to shite no kyoushitsu de no naika o kangaeru: Oosutoraria no daigaku no shokyu nihongo jugyou no bunseki [Internalisation in a classroom as a place to use Japanese language:', in Nihongo/Nihongo Kyouiku Kenkyuu [Studies in Japanese Language and Japanese Language Education, Coco Publishing, pp. 263 - 278, http://www.cocopb.com/COCO/home.html
    • Bhowmick S;Sakr S;Tian Y, 2013, 'Foreword', in Proceedings - International Conference on Data Engineering, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICDEW.2013.6547451
    • Thomson CK, 2013, ''Idoo suru kodomo' ga tokubetu dewa nai basho [The place where 'Children Crossing Borders' are not special.', in Kawakami I (ed.), 'Idoo suru kodomo' to iu kioku to chikara, kotoba to aidentiti [Memories and powers of having been 'Children Crossing Borders', their languages and identities, edn. 1, Kuroshio Shuppan, Tokyo, pp. 144 - 165, http://www.9640.jp/xoops/modules/bmc/detail.php?book_id=52074&prev=new
    • Thomson CK, 2012, 'Discussion of Correct Japanese in the Context of Japanese Language Education', in Gang X; Yunbo L (ed.), Research on the International Japanese Education of the Modern Days, Higher Education Press, Tienjin China, pp. 45 - 51
    • Spence-Brown R;Thomson CK, 2012, 'Introduction', in Japanese Studies, edn. 3, pp. 315 - 316, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371397.2012.730483
    • Thomson CK, 2011, 'Who is to say 'Your Japanese is incorrect'? Reflection on 'correct' Japanese usages by learners of Japanese.', in Language in Public Spaces in Japan, Rutledge, pp. 105 - 120
    • Thomson CK, 2009, 'Issues and Future of Japanese Language Education for Learner Agency and Roles of Teachers', in Thomson CK (ed.), New pedagogies for learner agency:Japanese language education research and practice in Australia, edn. 1, Coco Publishing Co. Ltd., Japan
    • Thomson CK, 2009, 'Japanese Language Education in Australia: It's social and theoretical backgrounds', in Thomson CK (ed.), New pedagogies for learner agency:Japanese language education research and practice in Australia, edn. 1, Coco Publishing Co. Ltd., Japan
    • Thomson CK;Fukui N;Shimasaki K, 2009, 'Active Learning in an Introductory Course: An Examination of Interaction Tests', in Thomson CK (ed.), New pedagogies for learner agency:Japanese language education research and practice in Australia, edn. 1, Coco Publishing Co. Ltd., Japan, pp. 47 - 65
    • Thomson CK;Masumi-So H, 2009, '"Senpai is Coming!" Positive Effects of Collaboration between Beginners and more advanced Learners of Japanese', in Thomson CK (ed.), New pedagogies for learner agency:Japanese language education research and practice in Australia, edn. 1, Coco Publishing Co. Ltd., Japan
    • Okamoto K;Thomson CK, 2009, 'Critical Analysis on `Meeting with Business Professionals`', in Thomson CK (ed.), New pedagogies for learner agency:Japanese language education research and practice in Australia, edn. 1, Coco Publishing Co. Ltd., Japan, pp. 85 - 101
    • Thomson CK, 2007, 'Gendered language in teaching Japanese', in Brown D (ed.), Language: In the realm of social dynamics, edn. First, School of Humanities, university of Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 71 - 81
    • Thomson CK, 2005, 'Theory of Intercultural Values', in The Society of Teaching Japanese as a Foreigh Language (ed.), Encyclopedia of Japanese Language Education, edn. 1st, Taishukan Shoten, Tokyo, pp. 508 - 508
    • Thomson CK, 2005, 'Communications Gap', in The Society of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (ed.), Encyclopedia of Japanese Language Education, edn. 1st, Taishukan Shoten, Tokyo, pp. 508 - 509
    • Thomson CK, 2005, 'Meeting with Japanese professionals: Bridging classrooms and community', in Bourke B (ed.), Innovative Practice in Japanese Language Education, edn. First, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, pp. 65 - 83
    • Thomson CK, 2003, 'Dainigengoshuutokukenkyuu eno syoutai An Invitation to Second Language Acquisition Research in Japanese: In honor of Seiichi Makino (by Yukiko Hatasa)', in Acquisition of Japanese as a Second Language, edn. Original, Bonjinsha, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 102 - 115
    • Thomson CK, 2003, 'Gakushuusha no koosu tantou kyoukan no shiten kara', in Tokumaru S (ed.), Sakubun ORG Project Houkokusho No. 1, edn. 1, Bunshin, Tokyo, pp. 47 - 48
    • Thomson CK, 2003, 'For the symbiosis of `language` and `studies` of Japanese Studies in Australia', in Skoutarides A (ed.), Language Teaching at the Crossroads, edn. 1, Monash University Press, Melbourne, pp. 3 - 7
    • Thomson CK, 2001, 'A Day of a Teacher', in Aoki N; Ozaki A; Toki S (ed.), For those who are studying Japanese Language Education, edn. 1, Sekai Shiso Sha, Japan, pp. 232 - 246
    • Thomson CK, 2000, 'Information and Computer Literacy in Overseas Teaching of Japanese as a Foreign Language', in Developing Information Literacy in Japanese Language Education, edn. Original, Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Lan, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 68 - 72
    • Thomson CK, 1997, 'Japanese Studies at the University of New South Wales', in Directory of Japanese Studies in Australia, edn. Original, Australia-Japan research Centre, Canberra, pp. 81 - 86

    Journal articles

    • Thomson CK, 2015, 'Issues of Japanese language education outside of Japan : In search for the future of Korean Japanese language education', Journal of Japanese Language, vol. 45, pp. 121 - 134, http://www.jlak.or.kr/modules/doc/index.php?doc=search&___M_ID=27
    • Thomson CK, 2015, 'Reports on the International Conference on Japanese Language Education 2014', Journal of Japanese Language Teaching, vol. 160, pp. 4 - 8, http://http/nkg.or.jp/
    • Thomson CK;Okawa Y, 2015, 'A study of 'voices' that Japanese language teachers draw upon for instructions and assessment of compositions', Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education, vol. 4, pp. 13 - 25
    • Nakane I;Thomson CK;Tokumaru S, 2014, 'Negotiation of power and solidarity in email: The case of students learning Japanese as a foreign language and their facilitators', Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, vol. 24, pp. 60 - 80, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/japc.24.1.04nak
    • Thomson CK, 2013, 'Goo-Nichi Kankei o Sasaeru Nihongo Kyouiku [Japanese language education that supports Australia-Japan relationship.]', Monbu Kagaku Kyouiku Tsuushin [Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Education Reports], vol. 316, pp. 24 - 25
    • Northwood B;Kinoshita Thomson C, 2012, 'What Keeps Them Going? Investigating Ongoing Learners of Japanese in Australian Universities', Japanese Studies, vol. 32, pp. 335 - 355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371397.2012.735988
    • Thomson CK;Xu Y;Choi G;Lai JC;Cao D;Kadokura M, 2012, 'Nihon kenkyuu to nihongo kyooiku no kurosuroodo: nihongo kyooiku ni okeru nihon bunka rikai [Crossroads of Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Education: Japanese Cultural Understanding in Japanese', NIHONGO KYOIKU Journal of Japanese Language Teaching, pp. 21 - 33, http://www.nkg.or.jp/journal/b-journal.htm
    • Thomson CK, 2011, 'Japanese language competence that the Intercultural Language Learning aims for the learners to develop', Waseda Studies in Japanese Language Education., vol. 9, pp. 121 - 128, http://dspace.wul.waseda.ac.jp/dspace/handle/2065/31734/items-by-author?author=%E3%83%88%E3%83%A0%E3%82%BD%E3%83%B3%E3%80%80%E6%9C%A8%E4%B8%8B%E3%80%80%E5%8D%83%E5%B0%8B
    • Thomson CK, 2010, 'Who is to say 'your Japanese is incorrect'? Reflection on 'correct' Japanese usages by learners of Japanese', Japanese Studies, vol. 30, pp. 427 - 441, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371397.2010.518604
    • Thomson CK;Otsuji E, 2009, 'Promoting 'Third Space' Identities: A Case Study of the Teaching of Business Japanese', PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 6, No.1, pp. 1 - 21
    • Thomson CK;Otsuji E, 2009, 'Multidimensional Examination of Gender in a Business Japanese Textbook', Japanese Language Education around the Globe, vol. 19, pp. 49 - 67
    • Thomson CK, 2008, 'A Classroom without walls: The future of Japanese language education in Australia', Japanese Studies, vol. 28, pp. 317 - 327, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371390802446877
    • Thomson CK, 2008, 'Classroom assessment of Japanese Language Education overseas', NIHONGO KYOIKU Journal of Japanese Language Teaching, vol. 136, pp. 27 - 37
    • Thomson CK;Iida S, 2007, 'Gendered language in Japanese language education: an examination of female utterances mada meshi kutte nai and beyond', NIHONGO KYOIKU Journal of Japanese Language Teaching, vol. 134, pp. 120 - 129
    • Thomson CK, 2007, 'Designing a Learning Environment: Teacher Training Course as a Learner Community', Japanese Language Education around the Globe, vol. 17, pp. 169 - 185
    • Thomson CK, 2007, 'Expanding learning communities beyond the classroom walls: a case of Australian tertiary Japanese language programs', NIHONGO KYOIKU Journal of Japanese Language Teaching, vol. 4, pp. 15 - 21
    • Thomson CK, 2006, 'BATJ Workshop Report: Promoting learner autonomy through classroom tasks', BATJ Journal, vol. 7, pp. 60 - 65
    • Thomson CK;Otsuji E, 2003, 'Evaluation of Business Japanese Textbooks: Issues of Gender', Japanese Studies, vol. 23-2, pp. 185 - 204
    • Thomson CK;Ushida E, 2003, 'The world wide web as a teaching and learning resource: observation of learners` performance in the resource b based learning of Japanese as a foreign language', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, vol. S-17, pp. 74 - 90
    • Thomson CK;Tipton E, 2002, 'The 2001 Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia in Japan', Japanese Studies, vol. 22, pp. 111 - 112
    • Thomson CK, 2002, 'Kaigai no Nihongo kyouiku ni okeru nihon bunka no gakushuu o unagasu koosu to kyoushi no yakuwari [Courses and teacher roles that promote learning of Japanese culture in overseas Japanese language edu', 21 Seiki no Nihon Jijou, vol. 4, pp. 4 - 18
    • Thomson CK;Iida S, 2002, 'Nihongo kyouiku ni okeru seisa no gakushuu: Oosutoraria no gakushuusha no ishiki chousa yori. [Gendered language in Japanese: Learner perceptions in Australia.]', Japanese Language Education around the Globe, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 20
    • Thomson CK, 2002, 'The 2001 Biennial conference of the Japanese Studies association of Australia in Sydney', Japanese Studies, vol. 22, pp. 111 - 112
    • Thomson CK, 2001, 'On the Streets: Sydney Who is Behind the Japanese Language Fever', Gaiko Forum-Forum on Foreign Affairs, vol. 153, pp. 88 - 90
    • Thomson CK;Masumi-So H;Osho F, 2001, 'Meeting the Challenges in Language for Specific Purposes: The Incorporation of Sociolinguistics and Learner Autonomy into Course Design', Japanese Studies, pp. 85 - 98
    • Thomson CK, 1999, 'Japanese Volunteers` Participation in Overseas Japanese Language Educational Activities: Issues and Roles of Teachers', Japanese Language Education around the Globe, pp. 248 - 248
    • Thomson CK;Masumi-So H, 1999, 'Japanese Volunteers` Participation in Overseas Japanese Language Educational Activities: Issues and Roles of Teachers', Japanese Language Education around the Globe, pp. 248 - 248
    • Thomson CK, 1998, 'Junior teacher internship: Promoting cooperative interaction and learner autonomy in foreign language classrooms', Foreign Language Annals, vol. 31, pp. 566 - 583
    • Thomson CK, 1998, 'A Learning Contract and Learner Autonomy in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language: A Case Study', Acquisition of Japanese as a Second Language, vol. 2
    • Thomson CK, 1998, 'Junior Teacher Internship: Promoting Cooperative Interaction and Learner Autonomy in Foreign Language Classrooms', Foreign Language Annals, pp. 569 - 583
    • Thomson CK, 1997, 'Kaigai no Nihongo kyouiku ni okeru risoosu no katsuyou (Japanese language learning resources for overseas learners and teachers)', Japanese Language Education around the Globe, pp. 17 - 29
    • Thomson CK, 1997, 'Kyooikuteki kachi no aru pureesumento tesuto wa: pureesumento bamen de no jiko hyouka (Educational merit of self assessment as a language placement instrument: A learner autonomy perspective)', Gengo Bunka to Nihongo Kyouiku (Language Culture and Japanese Language Eduation), vol. 14, pp. 1 - 13
    • Osho F;Masumi-So H;Thomson CK, 1997, 'Oosutoraria ni okeru kankougyouyou no Nihongo no dezain to jissen (Course design and delivery of hospitality Japanese in Australia )', JALT Journal, vol. 19, pp. 260 - 270
    • Thomson CK, 1995, 'a learner-centered foreign language curriculum for a large diverse group of students? yes, it is possible', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, pp. 119 - 130

    Conference Papers

    • Thomson CK, 2015, 'Kaigai de no nihongo kyouiku no arikata to kongo no kadai oyobi kankoku ni okeru nihongo kyouiku e no teigen [Issues in Japanese language education outside of Japan and proposals for the future Japane', in Proceedings of the 31st General Meeting of the Japanese Language Association of Korea, The Japanese Language Association of Korea, Seoul Korea, pp. 1 - 5, presented at The 31st General Meeting of the Japanese Language Association of Korea, Seoul Korea, 21 - 21 March 2015, http://jlak.or.kr/
    • Thomson CK, 2015, 'Hito to hito o tsunagu nihongo kyouiku [Japanese language education connecting people to people].', in Sato S (ed.), The 22nd Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum Proceedings, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, pp. 319 - 326, presented at The 22nd Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 09 - 10 May 2015, http://www.princeton.edu/pjpf/past/22nd-pjpf/PJPF15_Proceedings_final.compressed.pdf
    • Thomson CK, 2014, 'Editor's Introduction', in Editor's Introduction, The Japan Foundation Sydney, Melbourne, pp. xi - xiii, presented at National Symposium on Japanese Language Education Proceedings: 2012 Creating the Future, Melbourne, 01 - 02 November 2012, http://jpf-sydney.org/nsjleproceedings/creatingfuture.html
    • Thomson CK, 2014, 'National Symposium on Japanese Language Education Proceedings: 2012 Creating the Future', in Thomson CK (ed.), National Symposium on Japanese Language Education Proceedings: 2012 Creating the Future, The Japan Foundation Sydney, University of Melbourne, presented at National Symposium on Japanese Language Education, University of Melbourne, 01 - 02 November 2012, http://www.jpf.org.au/
    • Thomson CK;Chan S, 2014, 'Improvement of Japanese language Skills of Non-Native Speakers of Japanese through Benkyōkai as a Community of Practice', in Lee DY (ed.), Proceedings of the 18th Conference of The Japanese Studies Association of Australia: Peer-reviewed full papers, Japan Institute, Australian National University, Australian National University, Canberra, pp. 1 - 14, presented at 18th Conference of The Japanese Studies Association of Australia, Australian National University, Canberra, 08 - 11 July 2013, http://japaninstitute.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/u6/09_Kinoshita-Thomson_Chan-JSAA2013.pdf
    • Thomson CK, 2010, 'Coming to Australia to Study Japanese: Australian contribution to global Japanese language education', in Globalization, Localization, and Japanese Studies in the Asia-Pacific Region, Vol. I., International Research Center for Japanese Studies., University of Sydney, presented at International Symposium: Globalization, Localization, and Japanese Studies in the Asia-Pacific Region, University of Sydney, 01 November 2003
    • Thomson CK, 2009, 'Connecting Learning within the Classroom - A case of Japanese Overseas Language Learners', in 2009 Spring Conference of the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foriegn Language, 2009 Spring Conference of the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foriegn Language, Meikai University, Japan, presented at 2009 Spring Conference of the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foriegn Language, Meikai University, Japan, 23 - 24 May 2009
    • Thomson CK, 2008, 'Examination of scaffoldings in the junior teaching project', in Establishing the network of Japanese Pedagogy, Proceedings Vol.3, International Conference of Japanese Learning Education, Pusan, south Korea, presented at International Conference of Japanese Learning Education, Pusan, south Korea, 11 - 13 July 2008
    • Thomson CK, 2006, 'A teacher training course as a learner community', in Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, Spring Conference, Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, Spring Conference, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, presented at Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, Spring Conference, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 20 - 21 May 2006
    • Thomson CK, 2006, 'Gender differences in Japanese: How they should be treated in JFL', in Senshu University LL Workshop: Theme: Taking the LL Home, Senshu University LL Workshop: Theme: Taking the LL Home, Senshu University, presented at Senshu University LL Workshop: Theme: Taking the LL Home, Senshu University, 01 December 2006
    • Thomson CK, 2005, 'Learner Autonomy in the Language Classroom', in Taiwan-Australia TESOL Seminar 2005, Taiwan-Australia TESOL Seminar 2005, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 7 - 12, presented at Taiwan-Australia TESOL Seminar 2005, Taipei, Taiwan, 30 September 2005
    • Thomson CK, 2005, 'The Australian Success: Continuum of Japanese Language Education', in 6th International Symposium on Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Education, 6th International Symposium on Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Education, City University of Hong Kong, presented at 6th International Symposium on Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Education, City University of Hong Kong, 08 - 09 November 2003
    • Thomson CK, 2004, 'Ooosutoraria no nihongo kyouiku no kadai (Issues in Australian Japanese Language Education', in Executive Board of International Conference on Japanese Language Teaching 2004 (ed.), Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, University of Newcastle, pp. 30 - 30, presented at Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, University of Newcastle, 26 - 28 September 2003
    • Thomson CK;Iida S;Otsuji E, 2002, 'Gender and Japanese Language', in Wee L (ed.), 13th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, 13th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Singapore, pp. 66 - 67, presented at 13th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Singapore, 16 - 21 December 2002

    Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

    • Thomson CK, (ed.), 2014, 'National Symposium on Japanese Language Education Proceedings: 2012 Creating the Future', The Japan Foundation Sydney, Melbourne, presented at National Symposium on Japanese Language Education Proceedings: 2012 Creating the Future, Melbourne, 01 - 02 November 2012, http://jpf-sydney.org/nsjleproceedings/creatingfuture.html

    Reports

    • Thomson CK, 2015, A case of collaboration between Japanese studies and Japanese language education in Australia, Colony Publishing, Kyushu, Japan, Collaboration with the humanities and social sciences in developing graduates with the Japanese language skills plus alpha, 25511005

    Conference Presentations

    • (ed.), 2008, 'Establishing the network of Japanese Pedagogy, Proceedings Vol.3', presented at International Conference of Japanese Learning Education, Pusan, south Korea, 11 - 13 July 2008

    Edited Books

    • Otuji E;Kataoka H;Christensen M;Kojima T;Sato S;Shimasaki K;Douglas M;Tohsaku Y;Mori T;Spence-Brown R;Thomson C, 2016, HIto to tsunagari, sekai to tsunagaru nihongo kyouiku [Japanese Language Education: Connecting people, Connected to the World], Kuroshio Publishing, Tokyo, Japan

Teaching

Chihiro Thomson teaches mainly in three 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 into Japanese Studies and Asian Studies disciplines in such areas as languages of Asia, women in Japan. Third, she teaches at postgraduate level in applied and educational linguistics. She connects research with practice in her postgraduate teaching. She 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 acquisiton of Japanese by speakers of Chinese; Socioclutural understanding of learning of Japanese as a foreign language; Readers'voices in assessment of Japanese essays; Issues on Communities of Practice.

Honours and prizes

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.

Professional contribution

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

Affiliations and membership

Japanese Studies Association of Australia
Society for Teachers of Japanese as a Foreign Language

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