Dr Kiyomi Yamada

Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Kiyomi Yamada

Phone: +61 2 6773 3028

Email: kyamada2@une.edu.au


Kiyomi has qualifications and expertise in teaching both English and Japanese. She was originally trained as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and taught in private English language schools and a company in Japan for nine years. She also taught Japanese language and culture at two high schools in Victoria for two years. Besides teaching, she worked as a freelance translator for several years for various companies including a publishing firm in Tokyo, for which she translated foreign magazines. Kiyomi completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master of Education at the University of New England. She then taught Japanese language and culture for two years and ESL (English as a Second Language) to international students for three years at UNE. She has now returned to the Japanese Discipline and has been teaching Japanese language and culture units since the beginning of 2007. She has coordinated and taught a variety of units including Japanese language units (e.g. JAPN 201/202, JAPN301/302, JAPN421/422) and the Japanese literature and cinema components of CIJ110 (Cultural Expression in Modern Asia).

Kiyomi completed her PhD in Japanese Studies at Monash University on Japanese academic written and oral genres. Her research interests include genres, discourse analysis, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and intercultural communication.


BA (Keio), DipEd (UNE), MEd (UNE), PhD (Monash)


Yamada, K. (2016) 'Cross-disciplinary variations: Japanese novice writers' socialization into the undergraduate thesis', The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 25 (2), pp. 207-217.

Yamada, K. (2013). 'Discipline-specific writing: an examination of Japanese students' undergraduate theses', The Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Society, 37, pp. 42-54 http://aaref.com.au/en/publications/journal

Yamada, K. (2013). 'Group supervision and Japanese students' successful completion of undergraduate theses'. Education Research and Perspectives, 40, pp. 30-57. http://www.erpjournal.net/?page_id=1287

Yamada, K. (2009). 'The supervisory conference: academic socialisation and the thesis genre'. in H. Chen & K. Cruickshank (Eds.), Making a Difference: Challenges for Applied Linguistics (pp. 154-170). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Yamada, K. (2003).' Japanese students‚ perceptions of difficulties with study activities at an Australian university'. ASAA e-journal of Asian Linguistics and Language Teaching, 5. Read online

Unpublished dissertation

Yamada, K. (2010). Japanese undergraduate thesis writing and individual supervisory conferences, Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. Monash University.

Conference Papers

Yamada, K. (2014) Supervisor/student face-to-face interaction for undergraduate thesis writing. Paper presented at Japan, Australia and the global context: Connections across languages and societies - A Symposium in honour of Helen Marriott, Monash University, Melbourne.

Yamada, K. (2012). Feedback for undergraduate thesis writing: supervisor/student interaction at a Japanese university. Paper presented at the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress University of Technology, Sydney.

Yamada, K. (2012). An exploration of the genre chains of undergraduate thesis writing in the Humanities practised at universities in Japan. Paper presented at the Genre 2012 Conference Carleton University, Ottawa.

Yamada, K. (2011). An exploration of the genre of undergraduate theses written by Japanese university students in the Humanities. Paper presented at the Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia (ALAA) and New Zealand (ALANZ) 2nd Combined Conference, University of Canberra and Australian National University.

Yamada, K. (2009). Supervisors‚ use of mitigation strategies in supervisory conferences for Japanese undergraduate thesis writing. Paper presented at the JSAA-ICJLE (International Japanese Studies Association of Australia-International Conference on Japanese Language Education) International Conference 2009, University of New South Wales and University of Technology, Sydney.

Yamada, K. (2007). Comparison of supervisory meetings for two Japanese undergraduate students' socialisation into new discourse communities. Paper presented at the Discourses and Cultural Practices Conference, University of Technology, Sydney.

Yamada, K. (2007). Individual supervisory interactions in Japanese undergraduate students' enculturation into a research genre. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Congress of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, University of Wollongong.

Yamada, K. (2005). Language difficulties and EAP needs of Japanese students enrolled in an Australian university. Paper presented at the The TESOL on the Beach Conference, Coffs Harbour.

Woodman, K., Miller, S., Tasker, I., Yamada, K., & Aacken, S. v. (2003). Motivating external Asian language study: Online learners speak out! Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Arlington, Virginia.

Woodman, K., Miller, S., Tasker, I., Yamada, K., & Aacken, S. v. (2003). Motivating external Asian language study: What online learners have to say. Paper presented at the Making Our Difference: A Conference on Language Education in Australian and New Zealand Universities, University of Melbourne.