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 Kiyo Roddis

Kiyo Roddis

Teacher in Japanese

+44 (0)29 2068 8686
1.30, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Welsh speaking


I have taught Japanese language and culture since 2006 and hold an MSc in Education, (Cardiff University) and postgraduate diploma in teaching Japanese as a foreign language, (IIEL). I have taught at various levels and contexts including adult and further education, higher education and in business.

I joined the Languages for All programme in 2014, and also previously taught at a degree level in Cardiff University. I am particularly interested in innovative approaches to classroom teaching that empower students and enrich the learning experience.

I enjoy not only teaching but also learning languages and about different cultures, having acquired Welsh and currently learning Spanish and Chinese.


I was born and grew up in the region of Osaka, Japan. I graduated from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto with a BA in English and American Literature. Following university I worked for a large Japanese retail organisation. I subsequently participated in an overseas voluntary scheme at Primary and Secondary schools in England and Wales, where I taught Japanese culture and language. This experience inspired me to pursue a career in education.

After volunteering I briefly worked for an educational travel agency in Japan, after which I came to Cardiff in 2004 to study for a Master’s Degree in Education. My research explored the relationship between globalisation and international students experience in the UK Universities. Subsequently I qualified as a Japanese language teacher at IIEL.

Education and qualifications

  • 2007: Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, IIEL, UK
  • 2006: MSc in Education, Cardiff University (both taught modules and dissertation awarded distinction)
  • 1993: BA in English and American Literature, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Career overview

  • 2014 - present: Teacher/Tutor in Japanese, School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University
  • 2008 - 2012: Teacher/Teaching Associate in Japanese, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

Honours and awards

  • Outstanding Contribution Award, Cardiff University (2017)
  • Certificate of Excellence in Teaching, Cardiff University (2012)

Professional memberships

  • Member of The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) since 2011

Academic positions

  • 2014 - present: Teacher/Tutor in Japanese, School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University
  • 2021 - 2022: Adjunct Lecturer in Japanese, Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences
  • Jan - Jul 2019: Lecturer in Japanese, School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University
  • 2008 - 2012: Teacher/Teaching Associate in Japanese, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

Speaking engagements

  • 2022: The 23rd AULC Annual Confrence, Nottingham University, 'Adapting an Existing Pedagogical Approach to a Digital Context: Taking 'Personalised' writing activities as an example'
  • 2020: The XVI CercleS International Conference, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, 'The Bnefits of Class-based 'Self-expressive Writing' Activity in Beginners Language Courses: enhancing learning experience and outcomes'.
  • 2020: The 21st AULC Annual Confrence, Maynooth University, Ireland, 'Teaching and Learning Pronunciation and Prosody through Discovery and Kinaesthetic Modalities'
  • 2019: Sixth LanGW4 Colloquium on Innovation in Modern Languages Education, University of Exeter, 'Teaching and Learning Grammar Implicitly through Contextualisation and Personalisation: Practice from UWLP Japanese courses'
  • 2019: The 20th AULC Annual Conference, King's College London, 'Character Teaching: A case-study of Mandarin and Japanese ab-initio classes: Supporting and enhancing language use beyond the classroom' (co-presentation)
  • 2017: The 4th Cardiff Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Japanese Language Pedagogy, Cardiff University, ‘Teaching Kana Skills Effectively from ab initio Stages: As part of support for learner-centred and comprehensive learning’
  • 2017: The 20th BATJ Annual Conference, York St John Univesity, 'An Experiment of Effective Pronunciation Training in Japanese Beginners Classes: Learning through discovery and kinaesthetic modalities'
  • 2017: Fourth LanGW4 Colloquium on Innovation in Modern Languages Education, Cardiff University, 'The Benefits of Class-based ‘Self-expressive Writing Activity’: Practical Report from LfA Japanese Beginners Courses' (co-presentation)
  • 2016: The 19th BATJ Annual Conference, University of East Anglia, ‘The Benefits of ‘Writing Activity’ at a Japanese Beginners Class: An experiment of introducing self-expressive writing tasks in Kana’ (co-presentation)
  • 2016: MLANG Showcasing Scholarship event, Cardiff University, ‘To maximise language learners’ potential through a learners-oriented approach: a case from LfA Japanese courses’ (co-presentation)
  • 2016: AEJF Study Seminar, University of Nantes, France, ‘Rapport de la pratique de l’enseignement des kana en utilisant la méthode Silent Way aux apprenants de niveau débutant'


I currently teach Languages for All Japanese modules.


Past projects