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Research overview

Thomas Stringer has been involved with English language teaching in Japan for over 15 years. He is a doctoral student in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the International Education Institute of the University of St Andrews, UK. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and is also a full-time Instructor of English as a Foreign Language at the Language Center of Kwansei Gakuin University in Hyogo, Japan. He is also Administrative Intern at Professional Development in Education journal. His research interests are broadly on learner and teacher development, with a particular focus on autonomy.

Teaching overview

Kwansei Gakuin University

  • Content-Based Courses: Culture & Society: Great Britain, Language & Communication: Slang 
  • Skill-Based Courses: Introductory English I & II, Intensive English, Spring Intensive English, Basic English, English Speaking and Listening 
  • Test-Preparation Courses: IELTS

Konan University

  • Content-Based Courses: English Regions, Global Topics, Life Topics, Science News 
  • Skill-Based Courses: English for Business, Presentation, Listening, Speaking

Academic/Professional qualifications                                         

  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (2023)
  • MA TESOL (Distinction)- UCL Institute of Education (UK) (2016)
  • BA Philosophy- The University of York (UK) (2008)

Other expertise

I have extensive teaching experience in Japan, and an advanced level of Japanese language ability:

Other activities

I hold a Level 2 AcroYoga teaching license (2018), and have taught both English and Japanese language classes, workshops, and retreats in Japan, China, Myanmar, Greece and Germany.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE

11 Apr 2023 → …

Award Date: 11 Apr 2023

Master of Arts, TESOL, University College London

1 Sept 20141 Nov 2016

Award Date: 1 Nov 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of York

1 Aug 20051 Aug 2008

Award Date: 9 Jul 2008

External positions

Administrative Intern, Professional Development in Education (Journal)

1 Feb 2024 → …

Instructor of English as a Foreign Language, Kwansei Gakuin University

1 Sept 2021 → …

Instructor of English as a Foreign Language, Konan University

1 Apr 201731 Aug 2021

Native English Teacher, Sumiyoshi Senior High School

1 Sept 201431 Mar 2017

Early Learning Teacher, Eikaiwa School

1 Sept 201331 Aug 2014

English Language Instructor (JET Programme), Sakai Nishi Senior High School

4 Aug 200831 Jul 2013


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