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Tributes to Naoko Aoki

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Tributes to Naoko Aoki


Naoko Aoki, a former convener of the AILA Scientific Commission on Learner Autonomy, passed away in Kobe, Japan, on 8th July 2018. Naoko was appointed Professor in the Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University, in April 2004, where she worked with pre-service and in-service teachers of Japanese as a second language (JSL). Naoko began practising and writing about learner autonomy after the “Taking Control” conference in Hong Kong in 1994 and completed her PhD in 2003 at Trinity College Dublin on “Learner autonomy, teacher autonomy and the process of becoming a pro-autonomy teacher: Theoretical perspectives and life stories of six teachers of Japanese as a second language.” She was a co-convener of AILA’s Learner Autonomy Research Network from 2011 to 2014, and, earlier, the founding co-coordinator of the Japan Association for Language Teaching’s (JALT) Learner Development SIG in 1994. Naoko had a great impact on changing perspectives about learning and teaching Japanese through promoting qualitative research in the context of JSL education. Her main research interests were second language learner autonomy (both Japanese language education-related and foreign language education-related), teacher education, and narrative.

Naoko was very well-known for her work in the field of learner autonomy and is sorely missed by many in our community. Her contribution to the autonomous language learning community was immense. In many different ways, over many years, she played a leading role in the learner autonomy field, and generously, but with great modesty and professional dignity helped many teachers, students and colleagues from around the world. Many of us have personal experience of her inspiring and creative ways of including autonomous learning in her teaching.

Naoko travelled and worked with researchers all over the world, always with the students’ best interests in her mind. Naoko published extensively in both English and Japanese. Some of her publications include:

Aoki, N. (Ed.). (2016).『ことばと文字』第6号 学習者オートノミー実践報告特集。日本のローマ字社 Kotoba to Moji (Words and Letters) Special issue of learner autonomy practice. Tokyo: Nihon no Romaji-sha.

Aoki, N. (2013). Learner autonomy for personal autonomy. In Dofs, K. & Hobbs, M. (Eds.) ILA Selections 2012 (pp. 165-167). Independent Learning Association.

Aoki, N. (2013).『外国語学習アドバイジング』(Language advising: Designing your personal learning plan with advice from expert). Kindle book.

Course, S., Lamb, T. & Aoki, N. (2013). Promoting teacher/learner autonomy and improving praxis. In Barfield, A. & Alvarado, N. D. (Eds.), Autonomy in Language Learning: Stories of Practice (pp. 140-149). Canterbury: IATEFL.

Aoki, N. (2012). Can-do statements for advisors. In C. Ludwig & J. Mynard (Eds.), Autonomy in language learning: Advising in action (pp. 154-163). Canterbury, UK: IATEFL.

Aoki, N. (2011). Teacher stories to improve theories of learner/teacher autonomy. In C. J. Everhard & J. Mynard with R. Smith (Eds.), Autonomy in language learning: Opening a can of worms (pp. 33-36). Canterbury: IATEFL.

Aoki, N. & Nakata, Y. (Eds.). (2011). Gakushuusha autonomy: Nihongo kyooiku to gaikokugo kyooiku no mirai no tame ni. Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobo.

Aoki, N. and Osaka University Students (2010) A community of practice as a space for collaborative student teacher autonomy. In O’Rourke, B. & Carson, L. (Eds.), Language learner autonomy: Policy, curriculum, classroom (pp. 63-79). Bern: Peter Lang.

Aoki, N. (2010). Gakushuusha autonomy gairon (An introduction to learner autonomy). In Nakajima, A. & Kito, Y. (Eds.), Tout change! CECRL et autonomie de l’apprenant (pp. 61-77). Association des Ensegnatnts de japoneas en France.

Aoki, N. (2010). Gakushuusha autonomy, jikoshudoogata gakushuu, Nihongo Portfolio, advising, self-access. Nihongo Kyooiku Tsuushin 38. The Japan Foundation.

Kjisik, F., Voller, P., Aoki, N. & Nakata, Y. (Eds.). (2009). Mapping the terrain of learner autonomy: Learning environments, learning communities and identities. Tampere: Tampere University Press.

Aoki, N. (2009). Where learner autonomy could fail a second language user: Three-level analysis of social context. In Mapping the terrain of learner autonomy: Learning environments, learning communities and identities (pp. 236-261). Tampere: Tampere University Press.

Aoki, N. with Kobayashi, H. (2009). Defending stories and sharing one: Towards a narrative understanding of teacher autonomy. In Pemberton, R., Toogood, S. & Barfield, A. (Eds.), Maintaining Control: Autonomy and Language Learning (pp. 199-216). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Aoki, N. (2008c). Nihongo o manabu hitotachi no autonomy o mamoru tame ni (Defending autonomy of learners of Japanese). Nihongo Kyouiku, 138, 33-42.

Aoki, N. (2008b). Toojisha no iibun kara shuppatsu suru curriculum (A curriculum based on what learners claim). In Communica Institute (Ed.), Seikatsusha to shite no gaikokujin no tame no module gata curriculum no kaihatsu to gakushuu tuuru no sakusei (Developing corriculum modules and learning tools for for foreigners living in Japan) (pp. 111-126).

Aoki, N. (2008a). Teacher stories to improve theories of learner/teacher autonomy. Independence, 43, 15-17.

Aoki, N. (2008). Gakushuusha autonomy o sodateru kyoushi no yakuwari (Teachers’ roles to develop learner autonomy). Eigo Kyouiku (The English Teachers’ Magazine), 56(12), 10-13.

Aoki, N. (2006). Kyoshi ni totte no sei no shitsu (Qualty of life for teachers). In Nihongo Kyoiku Gakkai (Ed.). 2006 Nendo Shuki Taikai Yokoshu (2006 Autumn Conference Preceedings).
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Aoki, N. (2006). Kyoushi autonomy (Teacher autonomy). In K. Haruhara & S. Yokomizo (Eds.). Nihongo Kyoushi no Seichou to Jikokenshuu (Development and Self-Training for Teachers of Japanese) (pp. 138-157). Tokyo: Bonjinsha.

Aoki, N. (2006). Teacher autonomy, commitment to the profession, and teacher’s personal autonomy. In L.B. Wolff & J.L.V. Batista (Eds.). The Canarian Conference on Developing Autonomy in the Classroom: Each Piece of the Puzzle Enriches Us All (CD ROM). Canarias: Gobierno de Canarias.

Aoki, N. (2005). Jiritsu gakushuu (Autonomous learning). In Shinban Nihongo Kyouiku Jiten (Dictionary of Japanese Language Education, New Edition) (pp. 773-775). Tokyo: Taishuukan Shoten.

Aoki, N. (2003). Expanding space for reflection and collaboration. In A. Barfield & M. Nix (Eds.). Learner and Teacher Autonomy in Japan 1: Autonomy You Ask! Tokyo: Learner Development Special Interest Group of the Japan Association of Language Teachers.

Aoki, N. with Y. Hamakawa (2003). Asserting our culture: teacher autonomy from a feminist perspective. In D. Palfreyman & R.C. Smith (Eds.). Learner Autonomy across Cultures: Language Education Perspectives (pp. 240-253). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Aoki, N. (2002). Aspects of teacher autonomy: capacity, freedom, and responsibility. In P. Benson & S. Toogood (Eds.) Learner Autonomy 7: Challenges to Research and Practice (pp. 110-124). Dublin: Authentik.

Aoki, N. (2002). Teachers’ conversation with partial autobiographies. Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, 7(2), 152-168.

Aoki, N. (2001). Kyooshi no yakuwari (Teacher’s roles). In N. Aoki, A. Ozaki, & S. Toki (Eds.). Nihongo Kyooikugaku o Manabu Hito no tame ni (For Students of JSL Pedagogy) (pp.184-199). Kyoto: Sekaishisoosha.

Aoki, N. (2001). The institutional and psychological context of learner autonomy. The AILA Review, 15, 82-90.

Aoki, N. (1999). Affect and the role of teacher in the development of learner autonomy. In J. Arnold (Ed.) Affect in Language Learning (pp.142-154). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Aoki, N. (1998). Examining definitions of learner autonomy. Handai Nihongo Kenkyuu (Osaka University Japanese Language Research), 10.

Aoki, N. & Smith, R.C. (1999). Learner autonomy in cultural context: the case of Japan. In S. Cotterall & D. Crabbe (Eds.) Learner Autonomy in Language Learning: Defining the Field and Effecting Change (pp. 19-28). Frankfurt am Main: Lang.

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