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Durham University

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Ms Ritsuko Koso-Kirk, MA (Dunelm), FHEA

Assistant Professor (Teaching) / Director of Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41543
Room number: A51, Elvet Riverside I

Contact Ms Ritsuko Koso-Kirk (email at ritsuko.koso@durham.ac.uk)

Personal Profile

Ritsuko Koso-Kirk is Assistant Professor in Japanese in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. She convenes all the Japnese language modules (JPNS 1012, 1062, 2012, 2161 and 3012) on the Japanese Studies degree programme.

Ritsuko is the Japanese Studies Year Abroad Officer and the Outreach Officer. She has worked extensively with the International Office to build relations with partner institutions in Japan. Over the past couple of years she has established a new relationship with Teikyo University in Durham and embedded language exchange opportunities within Japanese Studies. Externally, she has led outreach activities for promoting Japanese Studies, Japanese language and its culture, collaborating with the Oriental Museum in Durham, the Japan Foundation London and Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh.

Ritsuko's current scholarship interests lie mainly in materials design and technology-enhanced learning for Japanese language teaching. 

Conferences & Workshop papers

Online Collaborative Writing in Japanese’. BATJ SIG Japanese teaching workshop. York St. John University. June 2018.

Student Engagement through Online Collaborative Writing in Japanese’. UK LINGUA- Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium. Durham University. April 2018.

Feedback and possibilities in the classroom on ‘Communicating in Japanese’ – focusing on speaking and listening skills'. BATJ SIG Japanese teaching workshop. Newcastle University. July 2017.

Transitions in Japanese vocabulary building - a case study of kanji compound learning’. UK LINGUA- Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium. Durham University. April 2017.

Independent Kanji learning and possibilities for other languages’. Staff development session, Language Provision Committee, Durham University. Nov 2016.

Analysis and Adaptation of Japanese Textbooks (beginner to elementary level)’. BATJ SIG Japanese teaching workshop. Durham University. July 2016.

Assessment strategies for students who need to type (not write)’. BATJ SIG Japanese teaching workshop. Durham University. July 2015.

Teaching Japanese Grammar through Visuals’. Staff development session, Language Provision Committee. Durham University. June 2015.

Awards

2018. Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award

Membership

The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ)