Mrs Keiko Ikeshiro

Instructor in Japanese Language



  • U63001 Japanese for Beginners
  • U63002 Intermediate Japanese
  • U63021 Advanced Japanese
  • U63024 Japanese in a Business Context


Research Interests

  • Developing effective self-access learning materials and tasks in the e-lab
  • How to incorporate Japanese accent pattern practice into Voice Board in order to develop more natural accent and intonation in speaking
  • Developing the teaching material bank in accordance with CEF
    immediate research projects
  • How effective accent pattern practices can be when introduced in the first year of Japanese studies


Conference papers given since 2005

  • From Language Lab to e-Lab: Practice of speaking skills using Voiceboard.
  • The e-Learning and Japanese Language Education Conference, Oxford Brookes University, 31st March & 1st April 2007

After obtaining a BA and a teaching certificate in secondary education in Tokyo, Keiko completed an MA in Linguistics at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She taught Japanese and EFL in several institutions as well as in programmes for Japanese nationals at CSUN. During this period she obtained a teaching certificate in Japanese and other subjects in adult education.

Keiko subsequently undertook many translations for publications specialising in Business and Taxation in Tokyo for 10 years. She came to the UK in 1989. After teaching Japanese in several institutions including secondary schools in the Reading area, she took up the post of Language Tutor at Royal Holloway, University of London in 1997 and worked there until 2004. She has been in her present position with Oxford Brookes University since 2005.

Keiko is an active member of the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ): she was a Journal committee member from 2004 to 2006 as well as the Newsletter publisher from 2002 to 2003. She also helped organise workshops and an AGM held at Royal Holloway for BATJ.

Keiko was one of the organisers of the Japan Festival 2001, an event introducing the Japanese culture and language to the UK general public, which was held at Royal Holloway in cooperation with the Japanese Embassy.