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 a 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 learned precious treasures in public junior highs--especially the significance of rapport between students and teachers, and of among teachers. During my teaching job at public schools, I obtained 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 teaching certificate for elementary school from Bukkyo University correspondence learning program), I found seminal meanings in teaching and doing research in the area of English education, which bears as important as teaching at 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 has been a great privilege for being able to learn 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 15, and, the number of graduates rises up to more than 350, as of 2014). They explored a new horizon, challenged something new, and expanded their possibilities. Wakamoto seminars have always kept the spirit of a pioneer, and are not afraid of bumps. Instead, they have overcome bumps and difficulties by cooperating with their friends.

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, which was a great honor for me. 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. In 2009, I was promoted to a Professor of Graduate School of Doshisha Women's College (Teaching Master's programs).

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 Information and Media Department, of the division of religion and of the research and faculty development centre.

I have taught at quite a few 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 ten-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.