2020-2021 Kobe JALT Chapter Officers


President--Armando Duarte


Program Chair-Brent Jones


Vice-President--Shirley Ando


Publicity Chair-Noriko Mori


Treasurer--Anthony Torbert


Publications Chair-Kathryn Tanaka


Membership Chair--Marian Wang


Publications Co-Chair- Michael Griffiths


Research & Outreach-Takara Kenza Allal

Member at Large--Yasuko Koike

Member-at-Large- Eiko Kaido

Kobe JALT Chapter Officer Profile

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.

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 Kaya, her 6-year old granddaughter.

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 look 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.

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.

Kathryn Tanaka (PhD) is an associate professor in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at Otemae University in Nishinomiya, Japan. Her work focuses on culture, language education, and CLIL. Her work has appeared in JALT Proceedings (2020, 2014) and TESL-EJ (2019) among many others. Kathryn is co-editor and coordinator of the Kobe JALT Journal, which accepts rolling admissions. Interested authors can contact her and the other co-editors at kobejaltpublications@gmail.com

Takara K. Allal has an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT from 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.