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Akira Miyake

Akira Miyake is a recent PhD graduate looking for her first job in the Academic sector. Notice how in her CV she has captured all the relevant experience required for post-doctoral/junior academic roles, including publications, teaching experience, conference presentations, and information on scholarships and awards.

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Akira Miyake
Address - 14 Ruben Walk, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV88 4TF
Tel – 0987 654 3210


Doctor of Education (EdD) in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, University of Warwick, UK
  • Thesis title: ‘Linguistic Identity Amongst Aging Immigrant Populations: A Case Study of 5 Women From Bradford.’- Explored and co-constructed the hermeneutical meanings which five women who migrated to Britain attached to language and identity formation, and how such meanings changed over five years. Used qualitative data to construct integrativeness, acculturation and identity from a sociocultural perspective, by incorporating theories from two separate fields: SLA and intercultural communication.
  • Examiners: Dr. Ronnie Wood (internal), Dr. Marie Johnston (external, University of Leeds). Supervisors: Dr. Ema Kan (1st), Prof. Joanne Simms-Albright (2nd)
  • Modules completed: Psychology of Language Classroom Practices; CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning); Understanding Research in English Language Education; Methods of Data Collection and Analysis; Research Planning and Management.
MA (with Merit), Applied Linguistics, University of London, UK
  • Dissertation title: ‘Purpose and Reflection: Keys to Success in Second Language Learning’ - Conducted extensive literature reviews on the correlation between L2 learners’ motivation and achievement in L2 teaching classroom contexts. I argued that learners’ motivation could be developed by teachers in classrooms based on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. In particular, I highlighted how learners’ integrative motivation and intrinsic motivation could be promoted through effective teaching and feedback.
  • Supervisors: Dr. Barbara Flynn(1st), Dr. Yoko Nobunaga (2nd).
  • Modules completed: Japanese Language Teaching Methodology; Grammatical Structure of Japanese; Introduction to the Study of Language.

BA, Law, Kagawa University, Japan

  • Studied a year abroad at the University of Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Studied law and later shifted to theoretical/applied linguistics.


‘Motivation Identity revisited: When in England, do as the English do?’ in Pattison, T. (ed.). IATEFL Harrogate Conference Selections, 2010.

I explored the integrative motivation and cultural-ethnic identities of six immigrants living in England, using qualitative narrative case study. Returning to traditional cultures was salient among the immigrants who live in England for a prolonged period, whereas gaps between home population groups were also salient. Their cultural-ethnic identities were rather hybridised, and therefore raised questions about theories based on integrative motivation.

Conference presentations

‘A qualitative study identity among Japanese ESL learners in the English context’. 43rd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), Newcastle, UK, 14th-16th September, 2010.

‘A qualitative study of integration and identity among Japanese in the English context’. 13th Warwick Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 13th-14th June 2010.

‘Identity revisited: when in England do as the English do?’ 43rd Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition, Harrogate, UK, 2nd-4th April, 2009

‘A qualitative study of motivation and identity among Japanese in the English context’. The 3rd Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching. Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK, 1st-3rd July, 2008

(Poster presentation) ‘Japanese university learners' acculturation attitude, identity formation and their target language use in England’. 12th Warwick Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 8th June, 2009.

Teaching experience

Taught Japanese intermediate class (part-time), The Language Centre, The University of Warwick, UK
  • Taught 11 students (undergraduate/postgraduate students, academic staff and other professionals ).
  • Exercised my knowledge of linguistics, SLA and language teaching by teaching Japanese as a foreign language to intermediate and higher intermediate learners.
  • Planned schemes of work and lessons for 10 week programmes.
  • Liaised with the Language Centre in preparing the assessment criteria for the classes, developed original exams, and marked them at the end of each term.
Taught Japanese higher intermediate class (part-time), The Language Centre, The University of Warwick, UK
  • Taught 8 students (undergraduate/postgraduate students, academic, professionals).
  • Improved teaching by using PowerPoint slides for all teaching, and posted them on the website.
  • Promoted interactive learning by making use of original tasks and activities, without relying heavily on textbooks.

Additional academic experience

Staff-Student Liaison Committee, University of Warwick.
Various positions held including Member, Secretary and Chair

  • Represented interests of research students to staff on my department, for example the availability of IT support for research students on campus.
  • Presented issues, listened to different opinions, negotiated best ‘deal’ for fellow students.

Conference Committee, University of Warwick.
Deputy Chair and Webmaster

  • Selected papers for presentation for two high profile international post graduate conferences at the University of Warwick, working alongside the Chair.
  • Liaised with academics to ensure smooth running of conference presentations.
  • Managed delivery of materials and conference registrations through web portal.

Warwick Research Group, University of Warwick.
Webmaster and On-line Administrator

  • Managed website for Working and Communicating Across Cultures (WACC) research group, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick.
  • Organised on line academic forum for interested researchers to exchange ideas and support development of conference papers.

Other relevant experience

JS Global Testing Ltd., Japan.
Business Development Manager, Technical Analyst

  • Developed corporate training materials for the HR department in JS Singapore.
  • Translated English technical documents into Japanese.
  • Led 10 subordinates as a project manager to test mobile phone applications, developed by a major American company, for the Japanese market.
  • Tested printer software and firmware, developed by a major American company, for the Japanese market.

HAL Business Consultants, Japan.
Associate Consultant, Human Capital Solutions

  • Led 5 subordinates in the education and training team to plan and develop a training programme of the new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for a major Japanese transportation company.
  • Represented Japan office in planning and conducting a worldwide human capital survey for HR departments in Japanese corporations, which was initiated by the global team at Northern Ireland.
  • Analysed, designed, developed, tested and implemented ERP system for HR departments in various projects.

Research Institute for Japanese Language Education, Nihongosha, Japan.
Japanese language education staff (Part time)

  • Edited and checked the writing assignments given to learners of Japanese as a foreign language on a correspondence programme offered by the institution.

Academic awards and memberships

  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), UK Student Scholarship granted for conference participation. 10/20010
  • Member, British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) 03/2009 - present
  • Member, International Association of Teachers of English as a
  • Foreign Language (IATEFL) 03/2009 – 03/2011
  • Member of the following working groups at the University of Warwick: English Language Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (ELLTA), Working and Communicating Across Cultures (WACC) at Centre for Applied Linguistics 10/2008 – 10/2011

Other skills/training

Language Skills
English and Japanese – native speaking ability due to dual language upbringing – schooled in the USA and at American schools. Family Japanese.

IT Skills

  • Applications software
MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio, MS Outlook, MS Outlook Express, Lotus Notes V4.5 & 5, AppleWorks, Fontworks
  • OS (Operating System)
MS Windows (98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7): Practiced 12 years
Macintosh (OS 8, OS 9, OS 10): Practiced 5.5 years
UNIX: Trained
  • ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)
PeopleSoft HRMS (Human Resource Management System): Practiced 3years
PeopleTools (PeopleSoft Development Software): Practiced 3 years
PeopleSoft Security: Practiced 0.5 year
PeopleSoft Workflow: Trained
PeopleSoft Global Payroll: Trained
  • Computer language
JAVA: Trained
SQL: Practiced 1 year (Database: MS SQL Server, Oracle, DB2)
  • Developed websites
- CALL (WebQuest website) ‘Off to England!’ (Developed 03/2008)
Developed a WebQuest website for intermediate learners of English which combines the internet with ELT using task based learning (TBL).
- Developed the websites for international postgraduate conferences in applied linguistics at the University of Warwick. (Developed 06/2010 and 06/2009)

Training undertaken

University of Warwick (2007-2011) – Participated the following workshops through Warwick’s Careers and Skills Department: Project Management, Speed Reading, Poster Creation and Design, Qualitative Research Methods 2 – transcribing and analysing data, Feeling Comfortable in front of an audience, Getting Published Successfully, Networking Skills, Organising References using EndNote Web, NVivo 7 – An Overview for Complete Beginners


  1. Dr. Ema Kan (Doctoral thesis supervisor, 1st)
    Centre for Applied Linguistics, The University of Warwick, UK
    TEL: +44(0)24-76XX-XXXX
  2. Prof. Joanne Simms-Albright (Doctoral thesis supervisor, 2nd)
    Centre for Applied Linguistics, The University of Warwick, UK
    TEL: +44 (0)24-7XXX-XXXX
  3. Dr. Yoko Nobunaga (MA dissertation, supervisor, 2nd)
    Faculty of Education and Human Studies, Reitaku University, Japan
    TEL: +81-(0)XX-XXX-XXXX

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