• Annette



    Higher Education




    Annette Bradford, (Ed.D Educational Administration and Policy Studies) is recognized for her work in the internationalization of higher education, particularly as it relates to Japan.


    As Oxford EMI Associate, 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, Annette promotes professional development for English-medium Instruction (EMI) and advocates for study abroad and intercultural learning.


    Annette publishes on international higher education, and has presented her research at conferences in Asia, Europe and the U.S.


    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 active in several professional organizations. I am currently a board member of the ICLHE (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education) Association and a founding committee member of the ICLHE East Asia chapter. In 2019, I completed a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Japan Special Interest Group of NAFSA, Association of International Educators.


    I am interested in the internationalization of higher education and the crossing of cultural boundaries. Much of my work focuses on Japan, a country that I've had the fortune of living in multiple times since 1998. My research particularly looks at English-medium instruction and student mobility, and at the benefits these 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 completed fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and Pacific Forum CSIS, working on Japan-U.S. education issues. 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.

  • Recent Happenings

    Updates, Presentations & Events

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    New Research Project

    July 2023

    I'm happy to be part of the research team for a new research project with YCAPS and JITTI. The project focuses on best practices for Indo-Pacific maritime security capacity building. More details can be found here: https://www.ycaps.org/blog/ycaps-launches-research-studies-on-maritime-security-capacity-building-best


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    New Book Chapter

    February 2023

    I have a new book chapter entitled "EME in Japan: ROAD-MAPPING the Promises Made to Students" in Emma Dafouz and Ute Smt's new volume Researching English-Medium Higher Education. The volume explores practical uses for Dafouz and Smit's ROADMAPPING framework - A must read for EMI/EME researchers! It is available for purchase here: https://www.routledge.com/Researching-English-Medium-Higher-Education-Diverse-Applications-and-Critical/Dafouz-Smit/p/book/9781032045757

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    ICLHE Conference 2022

    Maastricht University - October 2022

    It was wonderful to meet in-person after three years at the ICLHE conference in Maastricht!

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    Guest Lecture for Oxford EMI Online Faculty Training

    September 2022

    I enjoyed giving a guest lecture for the participants of Oxford EMI's training course in September. As always, the participants were very engaged and asked great questions. They were from Taiwan and Japan and I learned a lot of things new to me about Taiwan's current push for EMI.

    If you'd like to learn more about upcoming courses, visit: www.oxfordemi.co.uk

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    Article about Professional Development across Nations

    June 2022

    I've been working on a cross-national study of professional development in EMI with Seonmin Park and Howard Brown for the past couple of years. Our article "Professional development in English-medium instruction: faculty attitudes in South Korea and Japan" has been published in the
    Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. You can download a copy here.

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    EMI Professional Development Study Published

    April 2022

    Howard Brown and I recently published our study, "Faculty Perspectives on Professional Development and Certification for English-medium Instruction Programs in Japan", in the Nagoya Journal of Higher Education. It's available here.

  • HE Internationalization News

    News & Discussion about Japan and Singapore from Around the Web

  • Publications

    Full-text versions of my scholarly work are available here

  • Books and Book Series

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    My 2018 edited volume about English-medium instruction

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    Routledge Focus on English Medium Instruction in Higher Education

    Between 2017 and 2022, Howard Brown from the University of Niigata Prefecture and I were editors a of short-form book series for Routledge.


    Titles in the series include:

    Input in English-medium Instruction,

    edited by Francesca Costa & Cristina Mariotti


    Researching English-medium Higher Education: Diverse applications and critical evaluations of the ROAD-MAPPING Framework,

    edited by Emma Dafouz & Ute Smit


    Supporting EMI Students Outside of the Classroom: Evidence from Japan,

    by Rachael Ruegg


    Student Motivation in English-medium Instruction: Empricial studies in a Japanese university,

    by Naoko Kojima


    The Secret Life of English-medium Instruction in Higher Education: Examining microphenomena in context,

    edited by David Block & Sarah Khan

  • Book Chapters

    (2023) EME in Japan: ROAD-MAPPING the Promises Made to Students. In E. Dafouz & U. Smit (Eds.), English-medium Education Across Multilingual University Settings: Applications and critical evaluations of the ROAD-MAPPING framework. Routledge


    (2020) Internationalizing Japan's Undergraduate Education through English-medium Instruction. In S. Dimova & J. Kling (Eds.), Integrating Content and Language in Multilingual Universities. Springer.


    (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)


    (2018) 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)


    (2018) 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)


    (2018) 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)


    Articles & Commentaries

    (2022) Professional development in English-medium instruction: faculty attitudes in South Korea and Japan. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. (with S. Park & H. Brown)


    (2022) Faculty perspectives on professional development and certification for English-medium instruction programs in Japan. Nagoya Journal of Higher Education, 22, 55-87 (with H. Brown)


    (2022) Sustaining internationalization: English-medium programs in Japan. International Higher Education, 110(Spring), 15-16 (with Y. Ishikura & H. Brown) 


    (2020) International Higher Education and the COVID-19 Pandemic. ICAS Insights: The Future of Education, April 2020


    (2019) It's not all about English! The problem of language foregrounding in English-medium programmes in Japan. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 40(8), 707-720


    (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


    (2021) A Review of Emma Dafouz & Ute Smit. 2020. ROAD-MAPPING English Medium Education in the Internationalised University. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Alicante Journal of English Studies 34:221-224


    (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

    Oxford EMI Associate, 2020-present

    Oxford EMI


    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)


    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

    Funded Projects

    Japanese Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (B), 2020-2024

    An investigation of the post-graduation outcomes of English-medium instruction (EMI) programs in Japanese universities


    with Howard Brown (PI) (University of Niigata Prefecture) and Shingo Hanada (Toyo University)

    Project number: 20H01698

    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

  • 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

  • Upcoming Seminars and Events

    Save the date for events in Japan & SeAsia!

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    Summer Institute on International Education Japan 2023

    20-21 July 2023

    The Summer Institute on International Education, Japan is happening at Tohoku University on 20-21 July. The Opening Event and two Special Sessions will be available in English via simultaneous translation via ZOOM.

    More details: https://siiej.org/

    Register here: https://zfrmz.jp/Z6bmChrVZUZyM8AJTOgJ


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  • Where to find me

    Upcoming Events & Social Media Links


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    ICLHE East Asia Regional Group Symposium,

    Nagoya, Japan

    22nd April 2023

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    The 69th TEFLIN International Conference in conjunction with the 3rd English Education International Conference, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 22nd-24th September 2023

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    ICLHE Symposium 2023, Maastricht University of Vienna, Austria

    2nd-3rd November 2023

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    58th RELC International Conference, Singapore

    11th-13th March 2024

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    Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies

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