Celebrating
a centenary
of Learning

  • 46
  • by Chisa Matsukawa
  • graduated
  • studied PhD
  • from Japan, UK

We can’t expect the same social norms for people who live in different social contexts.

I was an English teacher in secondary school in Japan for twelve years and then I came to England and took a Master’s in English Language Teaching at the University of Reading. When I was taking the Master’s programme I was really interested in cross-cultural pragmatics and then I found Dr Helen Woodfield. I sent my proposal to her and then she told me she was interested in my research. So, I was so happy to hear that and I decided to come here. Bristol has various places to visit like nice green areas, river, lots of coffee shops, restaurants, shopping mall.

This is my first year and I’m taking research training units. I’m learning how to conduct research. These units are very very useful, especially the understanding of educational research - this was inspiring. I’m going to compare English and Japanese. Hopefully, I’d love to contribute to Japanese and English language teaching. A different culture has different norms, so we can’t expect the same social norms for people who live in different social contexts. It’s fair that teachers are aware of the differences.