2021-2022 Kobe JALT Chapter Officers

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President--Shirley M. Ando


Vice-President--Armando Duarte


Treasurer--Anthony Torbert


Membership Chair--Marian Wang


Program Chair-Brent Jones


Publications Chair-Kathryn Tanaka

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Publicity Chair-Noriko Mori

       Program Co-Chair
Chhayankdhar Singh Rathore

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Publicity Co-Chair-Kyle Undem


Member at Large--Yasuko Koike

Publications Co-Chair- Michael Griffiths

Research & Outreach-Takara Kenza Allal

Kobe JALT Chapter Officer Profile

Shirley Ando was an Associate Professor and former Director of English language education and the international liaison for the Institute of International Education (IIE) at Otemae University, Japan for about 10 years. She holds a BA in Social Work Education and an MS in Education with Special Emphasis in Bilingual Education. Currently, she is on a break from teaching and allowing herself time to reflect on the 20-plus years of working in Japan. Her present interests include social justice, teacher development, global issues, JALT, and two grandkids.

Armando Duarte is currently an instructor of English as a foreign language at Kwansei Gakuin University. He has been president since 2018 and was the program chair prior to that.As president, he is responsible for representing Kobe JALT at national meetings and voting on behalf of our members. He is looking forward to advocating for Kobe JALT at the national level and helping to bring a diversity of events to our chapter.

Anthony Torbert has been working in Japan since 1992. He enjoys teaching classes related to global issues, culture and business.


Marian Wang is currently working as Associate Professor at Konan University’s Institute for Language and Culture. She has been working as membership chair for about ten years. As membership chair, she is in charge of informing our members about events and membership renewal. She is looking forward to seeing how this chapter will continue to evolve during and after the pandemic.

Brent Jones has taught English for Specific Purposes in Hawaii, Japan, and other parts of Asia since 1987. He was the coordinator of the Business English program in the Economics Department at Kobe Gakuin University from 2005 - 2009. He is currently the Director of Language Programs at Konan University, Hirao School of Management, where since 2009 he has helped develop a content and language integrated (CLIL) program. From April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, he was Visiting Professor at the Peter Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. The shortlist of his research interests includes L2 learning motivation and engagement, instructional technology, instructional design, CLIL, curriculum and materials development, genre approaches to second language reading and writing, and extensive reading.

Chhayankdhar Singh Rathore is a lecturer at the Department of English for Global Communication in the Faculty of Global Studies at Konan Women's University. His areas of interest include performance in education, language acquisition, TESOL, CLIL, sociolinguistics, self-access learning, and World Englishes. Within performance in education, he is involved in the use of process drama, roleplays, debate, and presentation in English language classrooms. He is a graduate of St. Stephen's College, the University of Delhi, where he read English Literature and Political Science, and of the M.A. TESOL program at Soka University, Japan. 

Noriko Mori is a part-time lecturer at Otemae University where she teaches International Communication and Japanese language for international students.  She also works at elementary schools to assist JSL children as a Japanese language teacher and their parents as a school interpreter. She has worked with NPOs in her community to support foreign residents for the past two decades. Her interests includes intercultural communication, children’s bilingualism, and JSL children’s early childhood education.

Kyle Undem was a former participant of the JET Programme (2010-2012) and has lived and taught in Japan for seven years. He recently completed an MA-TESOL at Hamline University (2021) and currently teaches first-year university English Language Learners at Kindai University in Higashi Osaka. His interests include L2 identity, L2 motivational systems, systemic functional linguistics, and equal opportunity for all learners of English.  He also enjoys photography, running, learning Japanese, and writing songs.

Kathryn Tanaka (PhD) is an associate professor in the Global Business Course at the University of Hyogo. Her work focuses on global issues, gender, and cultural studies. Kathryn is the co-editor of the Kobe JALT Journal. Interested authors or reviewers can reach the editors of the journal at kobejaltpublications@gmail.com

Takara K. Allal has an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT from the University of Nottingham, and is currently a doctorate student in Neurolinguistics at Kyoto University. She is teaching at several universities as a part-time teacher and raising two kids.

Michael Griffiths currently works at the Institute for Language and Culture, Konan University.

He does research in Corpus Linguistics and CLIL.