Natsumi Wakamoto, Ed.D.


I have been teaching Applied Linguistics, Future Teacher's Training Courses (FTTC), EFL skills, and seminars since 1994. I participated in designing several courses such as computer skills (Computer Skills I-IV) for English major students (1999), Writing for the Internet (2001), an introductory course to Applied Linguistics (2001), English Teaching Methodology D (2004), Studies in English (Applied Linguistics, 2006), CALL English (2009), Career Introduction I (2009), and Career Introduction II (2015). I also offered function to install a summer oversea study program at the University of Toronto in Canada (2005).

I started my teaching career at a public junior high after graduating from Kyoto University, where I majored in pedagogy (my graduation thesis focused on how to teach arithmetic: division on fractions). I met nice teachers and students, where I learned precious treasures--especially the significance of rapport between students and teachers, and between among teachers. During my teaching job at public schools, I obtained an Master of Education degree (in English Education) from Hyogo University of Teacher Education.

Although my first intention was to teach in elementary school (I earned a teaching certificate for elementary school from the correspondence learning program of Bukkyo University) I found seminal meanings in teaching and doing research in the area of English education, which bears as important as teaching at the elementary level. I have still great interest in elementary education.

I moved to Doshisha Women's College in 1994 as a fulltime lecturer of Junior College, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998. I was cross-appointed to the Department of English in 2000, and was transferred to the Department of Media & Information in 2002. It was a great privilege to have been learning together with excellent students of Doshisha, from whom I have learned a lot. Especially I am proud of my seminar students (Apple 1-5, Seminars 1 through 21, and, the number of graduates rises up to more than 450, as of 2020). They explored a new horizon, challenged something new, and expanded their possibilities. Wakamoto seminars have always kept the pioneer spirit and are not afraid of bumps. Instead, they have overcome difficulties by cooperating with their colleagues.

In 2000, I was permitted to study at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto using sabbatical year of Doshisha. I was also nominated to the Fulbright scholarship candidate in 2000. Although it was a great honor for me, I gave it up to study in Canada. Studying/staying in Canada was an splendid opportunity for me as well as for my family. Toronto is really a fabulous place to stay in and study: I met plenty of sweet people. In 2004, I was promoted to a Professor of Applied Linguistics. In 2006, I was transferred to English Department. In 2007, I was awarded a Doctor of Education (Ed.D in Second Language Education) degree from OISE of the University of Toronto: The title of my dissertation was The impact of extroversion/introversion and associated learner strategies on English language comprehension in a Japanese EFL setting, with Dr. Sharon Lapkin as a supervisor, Drs. Merrill Swain and Nina Spada as committee members, and Drs. Alister Cumming and Rebecca Oxford as internal and external examiners. I was promoted to a Professor of Graduate School of Doshisha Women's College (Teaching Master's programs) in 2009 and to Doctor's programs in 2015. From April 2018 through March 2019, I had an opportunity to conduct research at the Department of Education of Oxford University, UK as a visiting research fellow, where I was able to discuss and explore the possibilities of learner strategies with Dr. Heath Rose of Oxford University. I continued to teach my senior seminar (Wakazemi 18th) by connecting Oxford and Kyoto with the internet.

From 1998-2000, I served for the section of planning and public relations, from 2002-04, for the division of religion, from 2006-09 worked as an assistant registrar of English Department, from 2009-2011, I was reappointed to serve for the division of religion, from 2011-2013, I served for the research and faculty development centre, and since 2014, have been serving for the examination and public relation centre. I have been a fellow of the Information and Media Department, of the division of religion and of the research and faculty development centre. From 2016-2018, I was the head of the English Department, and have been the head of the Education Development Centre since 2019.

I have taught at several universities: Kyoto Prefecture University, Tottori University, Otemon Gakuin University, Doshisha University, Doshisha Graduate School, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Doshisha Women's College, Ritsumeikan Graduate School, and Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts.

Our residence has been in Kameoka-shi of Kyoto-fu, 20 km north of central Kyoto, south of Ayabe city, where I was born and raised. Kameoka is famous for its Hozugawa-Rafting or religious sect "Oomoto." Our home is located in the country side of Kameoka full of beautiful nature with less people. Yunohana hot springs are only 10-minute-walk distance from our home. When visiting our place, you will be able to enjoy taking a Japanese style bath. Stars are beautiful in the sky at clear nights.