Charlotte VT Murakami

Charlotte VT Murakami
Kurume University · Institute of Foreign Language Education

Doctor of Education


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Charlotte VT Murakami graduated from Exeter University, UK, with Ed.D (TESOL). She works at the Institute of Foreign Language Education, Kurume University, Japan. Charlotte does research in language education and its history. Her current project is producing an overview of the history of Japanese network of overseas schools from the Meiji Period until present day. Her ongoing 'day' activities at the university are forging a meaningful relationship between the university and SMEs in the region.
Additional affiliations
April 2016 - present
Kurume University
  • Professor (Associate)
October 2007 - November 2014
University of Exeter
Field of study
  • Education (Languages)


Publications (15)
The purpose of this book is show how research on families can be used to offer inspiration, suggestions, and guidance to intercultural families choosing to school their children in the regular Japanese school system. Each chapter is written by a parent or parents who are themselves researchers and thus bring their skills to the task of writing abou...
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(PREPRINT STAGE) INTRODUCTION On 29 September, 2019, the first public Kurume University Industry Collaboration (KUIC) event was held in Kurume City. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the need for foreign language education by means of sharing experts’ views about what foreign language and intercultural skills are needed by indust...
This is a work in progress, and it is not the final chapter. The book is planned to be published next year. This chapter will be of interest to families with children who plan to leave Japan; especially those that intend to return and have their children re-enter the school system. In this chapter, I will outline a brief history of the system of J...
Raising Bilingual and Bicultural Children: Essays from the Inaka Darren Lingley & Paul Daniels (Ed.) 2018 This monograph celebrates the experience of raising bilingual and bicultural children in Japan. Our shared stories specifically focus on the unique challenges of raising bilingual children in Japan’s inaka, or more peripheral rural areas. Per...
Conference Paper
While Learning Management Systems (LMSs) have become a common feature within education systems worldwide, their use in Japanese universities remains minimal. Despite recent government initiatives to incorporate ICT into the education system, many students have never even heard of an LMS by the time they matriculate, and they typically continue to r...
This essay highlights the ways in which the Conservative Party in the 1980s changed the ecology and the purpose of England and Wales’ state school system. These changes were also mirrored in the United States of America, and are being replicated globally. The main point I should like to make is that these changes have eclipsed the original purposes...
Printed in History of Education Researcher This article is, in part, a response to the question raised by Marc Depaepe: What kind of history of education may we expect for the twenty-first century? It presents a methodological and theoretical ‘tool-box’ that was compiled by the autho...
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England’s long history of education has witnessed many conflicts in regard to language teaching. In this thesis, I investigate the conflicts surrounding two language education reform movements, Language Awareness and Knowledge About Language, during the Conservative administration between 1979 and 1997. The investigation examines official and non-o...
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One problem common to many Oral Communication (OC) classrooms in universities in Japan and other countries is that English major students often lack the impetus to proactively develop their oral language proficiency. In this paper, we present our investigation into whether regular self-, peer-, and teacher-assessment would promote the use of spoken...
This article is a synopsis of my academic article 'Everybody is Just Fumbling Along: An Investigation of Views regarding EAL Training and Support Provisions in a Rural Area', International journal of Language and Education, 22/4, 265-282. It was published in The Linguist is the professional journal of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL).
This paper presents findings from research conducted in a rural area of England that has experienced a rise in the number of pupils who speak a language other than English as their first language. The research was motivated by a concern that EAL teacher training provisions in such areas are insubstantial. The data source for the study comes from 23...


Question (1)
Is there anyone out there in the field of foreign/modern language education that is engaging in university-industry-community collaborations?


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Projects (4)
While companies in Chikugo, Fukuoka Prefecture, are expanding their global endeavors - both domestically and internationally - what kind of foreign language education are universities in the area providing? Is there a mismatch between the human resource needs and language education provisions? Can university-industry-community collaborations really promote awareness and instigate real change in tertiary level foreign language education? University Industry Collaboration Project - A public event will be held on September 29, 2019, in Kurume Cit. This will enable high school students, university students, educators, company owners, local leaders, and citizens to get together and have "a say" in how foreign language education should change to meet the "real" needs of industry - now and the future. Grant obtained: 200,000 yen - Awarded by Kurume University Working Team - 7 members of staff Supporters: Kurume City Government, Kurume Board of Education, Kurume University
The purpose of this study is to investigate and understand the characteristics og gratitude expressing situations based on the nature of an act and the use of gratitude expressions by native Japanese and Sinhala speakers.