• Annette



    Higher Education




    Annette Bradford, (Ed.D Educational Administration and Policy Studies), adjunct fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS), Temple University Japan, is recognized for her work in the internationalization of higher education, particularly as it relates to Japan.


    Annette has published extensively on International Higher Education, and has presented her research at conferences in Asia, Europe and the U.S. She is active in several professional organizations, having recently completed a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Japan Special Interest Group of NAFSA, Association of International Educators and currently serving as a founding committee member of the ICLHE (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education) East Asia chapter.


    Specialties: Internationalization of Higher Education, International Education, Intercultural Communication, English-medium Tertiary Education Programs, Integrated Content and Language in Higher Education, Education Policy, TESOL, International Student Exchange, Study Abroad.


  • The Short


    Dr. Annette Bradford

    I have been involved in International Education for over twenty years and am currently an adjunct fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS), Temple University Japan, and education and policy advisor for the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies.


    I am interested in the internationalization of higher education and the crossing of cultural boundaries. My current focus is on Japan, a country that I've had the fortune of living in multiple times since 1998. I also have a passion for helping others succeed in their international endeavors and enjoy readying students and teachers for success in international environments.


    My research looks at the internationalization of higher education, especially English-medium instruction and international student exchange and at the benefits that student mobility can bring to national policy objectives. As an associate professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, I taught internationally-oriented courses and led field study and study abroad programs. I have also completed a non-resident fellowship at The Pacific Forum CSIS and a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellowship in Japan. Previously, I worked as a language instructor, teacher trainer, and cross-cultural communication specialist in countries across Asia, in Europe and in the United States.


    I was born in the U.K., and have lived and worked in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K. I hold an Ed.D in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the George Washington University, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Surrey, and a BA in Modern Languages from the University of East Anglia.

  • Publications

    Full-text versions of my scholarly work are available here


    Book Chapters

    (2018) Teaching subject-content through English: CLIL and EMI courses in the Japanese university. In P. Wadden & C.C. Hale (Eds.), Teaching English at Japanese Universities: A New Handbook. New York: Routledge, 103-108 (with H. Brown )


    (2017) Introduction: English-medium instruction in Japanese higher education. In A. Bradford & H. Brown (Eds.), English-medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education: Policy, Challenges and Outcomes, Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, xvii-xxiii (with H. Brown)


    (2017) ROAD-MAPPING English-medium instruction in Japan. In A. Bradford & H. Brown (Eds.), English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education: Policy, Challenges and Outcomes, Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, 3-13 (with H. Brown)


    (2017) Final thoughts: Have we seen this before? The information technology parallel. In A. Bradford & H. Brown (Eds.), English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education: Policy, Challenges and Outcomes, Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, 283-288 (with H. Brown)



    (2018) It's not all about English! The problem of language foregrounding in English-medium programmes in Japan. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, doi: 10.1080/01434632.2018.1551402


    (2018) Expanding Interests: Report on the Plenary Panel. Pan SIG Journal 2017, 234-240 (with T. McIlroy, T. Aoyama, N. Naganuma & N. Ozeki)


    (2018) Undergraduate English-medium instruction in Japan: Policy and implementation. Humanities and Social Sciences Bulletin Meiji University [人文科学論集], No. 64, 65-76


    (2018) English-medium instruction and the information technology parallel in Japanese higher education. International Higher Education, 92(Winter), 24-25 (with H. Brown)


    (2017) EMI, CLIL, & CBI: Differing approaches and goals. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & H. Brown (Eds.), Transformation in language education. (pp. 328-334), Tokyo: JALT (with H. Brown) 


    (2017) Barriers to Japanese student mobility. The Bulletin of Arts and Sciences Meiji University [明治大学教養論集], No. 523, 99-118


    (2016) The US-Japan Alliance: The keystone for a regional higher education cooperative architecture. In B. Glosserman, J. Gardner, & S. Henriet (Eds.), The US-Japan Partnership as a Regional Problem-Solving Mechanism. Issues & Insights, 16(13) (pp. 1-2) Hawaii: Pacific Forum CSIS


    (2016) Teaching content through the medium of English: Faculty perspectives. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & H. Brown (Eds.), Focus on the learner. (pp. 433-438), Tokyo: JALT


    (2016) Toward a typology of implementation challenges facing English-medium instruction in higher education: Evidence from Japan. Journal of Studies in International Education, 20(4), 339-356


    (2015) Changing trends in Japanese students studying abroad. International Higher Education, 83:(Special Issue 2015), 22-23


    (2015) Japanese student perspectives towards study abroad. The Bulletin of Arts and Sciences Meiji University [明治大学教養論集 ], No. 510, 107-125


    (2015) Womenomics: solution for Japan’s decline? PacNet 8, Pacific Forum CSIS, January 27th (with T. Kiyota et al.)


    (2013) Abeducation: New Opportunity for US-Japan Ties? The Diplomat, July 29th


    (2013) English-medium degree programs in Japanese universities: learning from the European experience. Asian Education and Development Studies, 2(3), 225-240


    (2012) Challenges in adopting English-taught degree programs. International Higher Education, 69(Fall), 8-10


    (2008. Develop cross-cultural competence. U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 134(3), 78-79 (with J.F. Bradford)


    (2008) Language, society and the new Englishes: Implications for the second language classroom. The Bulletin of Yokohama City University Humanities, 59(3), 99-119


    (2007) Motivational orientations in under-researched FLL contexts: Findings from Indonesia. RELC Journal, 38(3), 302-323


    (2015) Review of the Book: International Education Policy in Japan in an Age of Globalisation and Risk, by Robert W. Aspinall (2013) JALT Journal, 37(1), 59-62


    (2011) Review of the book: Tips for teaching culture: Practical approaches to intercultural communication by A. C. Wintergerst & J. McVeigh (2011). InterCom: The Newsletter of the Intercultural Communication Interest Section, TESOL International


    (2010) Review of the book chapter: The need to Understand ESL students' native language writing experiences, by Y. R. Dong (2001). Glau G. R. & Duttagupta, C. (Eds.) (2010) The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Basic Writing. (3rd ed.) 138-139. Boston: Bedford

  • Professional


    Current Positions

    Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) Adjunct Fellow, 2016-present ​

    Temple University Japan, Tokyo, Japan


    Special Advisor for Education and Policy, 2016-present

    Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS)

    University Positions

    Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan, 2014-2019

    Associate Professor, School of Business Administration (2017-2019)

    Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration (2014-2017)

    Member, Research Institute International Education/Research Institute of International and Diversity Education


    American University, Washington, DC, USA, 2009-2010

    International Student Coordinator, College Writing Program, Department of Literature

    Adjunct Instructor, MA TESOL Program, Department of Language and Foreign Studies


    Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, 2009

    Adjunct English Instructor, Center for Language Education and Development


    Prince George's Community College, MD, USA, 2009

    Adjunct Instructor, Department of Language Studies


    Virginia International University, VA, USA, 2008

    English Language Programs Faculty


    Temple University Japan Campus, Tokyo, Japan, 2008

    Adjunct English Instructor, Continuing Education Department


    Yokohama City University, Yokohama, Japan, 2007-2008

    Full-time English Faculty, Practical English Center


    Meiji Gakuin University, Yokohama, Japan, 2006-2007

    English Communication Instructor, EFL Program, Center for Liberal Arts


    Digital Hollywood University, Tokyo, Japan, 2005-2006

    Adjunct Lecturer


    Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2004

    Lecturer, Department of English Letters; English Extension Program; Language Development & Training Center

    Other Teaching Positions

    Reve MBA Counseling, Tokyo, Japan, 2006-2007

    Graduate Admissions Counselor


    British Education Office, Tokyo, Japan, 2005-2007

    English for Academic Purposes Lecturer


    Interschool, Tokyo, Japan, 2005-2006

    Corporate Training Instructor


    Sasakawa Peace Foundation Non-Resident Fellow, 2013-2016

    Pacific Forum CSIS, Honolulu, Hawaii


    Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow in Japan, 2013–2014

    Research Institute of International Education (RIIE), Meiji University, and the TOMODACHI Initiative at the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

  • Education


    EdD Educational Administration and Policy Studies
    The George Washington University, USA, 2015
    DISSERTATION: Internationalization Policy at the Genba: Exploring the Implementation of Social Science English-Taught Undergraduate Degree Programs in Three Japanese Universities 

    MA Linguistics (TESOL) (Distinction)
    University of Surrey, U.K., 2005
    THESIS: Motivational Orientations to Learning English as a Foreign Language: a study of Indonesian university students

    BA Honours Modern Languages: German (2:1 Honours)
    University of East Anglia, U.K., 1998

    Teaching Certificate

    Cambridge/RSA Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) 
    Bell Language School, U.K., 1998

  • Recent Happenings

    Updates, Presentations & Events

    University of Tartu Conference and Doctoral School

    Tartu, Estonia, September 2019

    I was honoured to speak at the University of Tartu's conference on the information society and enjoyed a few days of networking building and research collaboration.

    Summer Institute on International Education Japan

    Nagoya, August 2019

    We spent a great two and a half days at Nanzan University in Nagoya discussing professionalism in international education. During the institute the past and present NAFSA JapanSIG co-chairs had a chance to catch up to share expertise and news of the SIG's upcoming plans.

    A busy June weekend!

    The weekend of 7-9th June was a busy one for me in the world of international higher ed. On Friday, I moderated an excellent talk at Temple University, Japan by the well-known Dr. Rahul Choudaha who shared his thoughts on student mobility. On Saturday, I presented a poster at the excellent Lakeland University Conference on Global Higher Education, and then on Sunday I attended the Japan Comparative Education Society conference at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. I topped off the weekend helping the new NAFSA JapanSIG leaders Mina Mizumatsu and Mike Matsuno plan for the year ahead!

    JapanSIG Reception@NAFSA 2019

    Washington DC, May 2019

    NAFSA's JapanSIG celebrated it's 30th anniversary at the recent NAFSA conference in Washington DC. We held a reception at the Embassy in Japan and enjoyed great food and networking. With many thanks to Namiko Bagirimvano and Michiyo Fujimoto for a great year together as co-chairs of the JapanSIG.

    APAIE 2019

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    I recently presented at the March 2019 APAIE conference in KL and had a wonderful time finding out more about current internationalization trends in the Asia Pacific.

    Book series on EMI

    Are you interested in writing about English-medium instruction?

    Howard Brown from the University of Niigata Prefecture and I are editing a new book series for Routledge. Details can be found here.

  • Upcoming Seminars and Events

    Save the date for events in Japan!

    International Symposium on Engagement in Higher Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Experiences of Universities in East Asia

    23rd November 2019

    Hosted by the Graduate School of Education, Tohoku University.


    Please kindly find the details below. Everyone is warmly welcome to join the symposium and the discussion!
    Look forward to seeing you at Tohoku University.

    1. Date/Time
    November 23, 2019, 13:00-19:00 (Students’ poster session starts at 12:15)

    2. Venue
    Meeting Hall (11F), Graduate School of Education, Tohoku University (Kawauchi Campus, 27-1, Kawauchi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8576) https://www.tohoku.ac.jp/japanese/profile/campus/01/kawauchi/

    3. Background
    In 2015, the member states of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and committed to fulfilling these goals for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. An equal and quality higher education is not only one of the targets for SDGs but also a means for the achievement of other goals of SDGs. There is an increasing number of universities which committed their efforts for SDGs. Nevertheless, such initiatives, particularly in teaching and learning at universities, have not been sufficiently shared and discussed. Tohoku University has launched various initiatives which have been closely connected with the fulfillment of the SDGs. Graduate School of Education, as a part of Tohoku University, would like to take the initiatives to enhance our engagement in teaching and learning for sustainable development goals.

    4. Objectives
    l Share experiences of construction education for sustainable development in East Asian Universities
    l Enhance understanding of the possibilities and challenges for engaging in education for sustainable development at universities in East Asia
    l Explore possibilities of collaboration for education for sustainable development among universities in East Asia

    5. Program

    12:20-13:00 Registration

    13:00-13:20 Opening Session

    13:20-14:30 Keynote Address

    How do we promote new models of teaching and learning at universities in the era of SDGs?
    Dr. Yuto Kitamura, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo

    14:20-14:40 Coffee Break

    14:40-16:40 Experiences of Universities in East Asia

    1. Dr. Zhou Zhong, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University

    Dr. Xi Lu, School of Environment, Tsinghua University
    Dr. Xin Liu, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University
    Dr. Zhiyong Zhu, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University
    Dr. Sung-Sang Yoo, School of Education, Seoul National University
    Dr. Jae Hyung Park, Department of International Education, The Education University of Hong Kong

    16:40-16:55 Break

    16:55-17:55 Experiences of Tohoku University

    1. Dr. Akiyoshi Yonezawa, International Strategy Office, Tohoku University

    2. Dr. Yuki Watabe, Global Learning Center, Tohoku University

    3. Dr. Taketoshi Goto, Graduate School of Education, Tohoku University

    17:55-18:00 Break

    18:00-18:55 Panel Discussion

    Moderator: Dr. Jing Liu, Graduate School of Education, Tohoku University


    Dr. Yuto Kitamura, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo
    Representatives of Tsinghua University
    Dr. Zhiyong Zhu, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University
    Dr. Sung-Sang Yoo, School of Education, Seoul National University
    Dr. Jae Hyung Park, Department of International Education, The Education University of Hong Kong
    Dr. Akiyoshi Yonezawa, International Strategy Office, Tohoku University
    Dr. Yuki Watabe, Global Learning Center, Tohoku University
    Mr. Satoru Mimura, Japan International Cooperation Agency Tohoku Center

    18:55-19:00 Closing Address & Photo Session

    6. Language: English/Japanese (Simultaneous Interpretation) 英日同時通訳あり

    7. Free admission (Open to the Public)

    8. Registration is on first-come, first-served basis.

    9. Capacity: 80 persons

    10.  Attention
    This symposium will be recorded and photos taken may be used for the website, social media, and other print publications. If you choose to participate in a discussion, you are presumed to consent to the use of your comments in these recordings.

    Free Symposium at Otemae University, Nishinomiya Featured speakers are Stephen Krashen and Gerry Yokota

    7th December 2019

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    ICLHE 2019, Universitat Jaume 1 in Castellón (Spain), 15th-18th October 2019

    PHILOSOPHICAL DIALOGUES IN EDUCATION, EAST MEETS WEST, The University of Hong Kong, 7th-11th December 2019

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