Malcolm SIM








My teaching career began in 1998 in Japan at a private English conversation school in Tokyo. I also began lecturing at a training college (senmon gakko) and as a corporate English language trainer for SIMUL at various companies including NEC, Hakuhodo, Deutschebank, and Recruit.

In 2003 I returned to Sydney Australia to complete my MAppLing (TESOL) degree and secured a teaching position at the National Centre of English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR) at Macquarie University. The centre, renamed the Macquarie University English Language Centre (MUELC) in 2009, coordinates programs that seek to prepare international students for further study in Australian universities. I spent six years at NCELTR and this is where I learned much of my core teaching craft from a faculty of professional and truly excellent educators. I gained extensive experience in almost all of NCELTR’s programs including General English, Academic English, Direct Entry EAP, the Business Preparation Program, and IELTS. I became a long-term teacher (and joint convener in 2006) of the Study Skills in English Preparation Program (SSEPP) and I was also involved in delivering the undergraduate and postgraduate English assistance program. During my time at NCELTR/MUELC I was involved in their postgraduate teacher-training programs. During 2007 I was also the Practicum Coordinator for LING953, in the Post-graduate Certificate in TESOL. LING953 included individual teacher observations and focused on TESOL classroom practice, materials preparation, and self-evaluation.

I returned to Japan in 2009 to take up a full-time Special Lecturer in English position in the Economics department at Tokyo Keizai University. Classes included Intercultural Communication, Professional Digital Communication, Research Paper Project, and Lectures in English. Throughout my five years at TKU I also taught part-time at a range of other universities including Nihon University College of Art (Nichigei/5 years), Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology (Nōkōdai/3.5 years), Gakushuin University (2 years), and Waseda University (CELESE/1 year). During this period I also managed to complete my PhD in Applied Linguistics.

In 2014, the opportunity to work at one of Japan’s leading liberal arts universities led me to accept a teaching position at Akita International University. Working as an Assistant Professor within the Faculty of International Liberal Arts I have taught a variety of subjects in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Basic Education (BE) programs: Advanced Speaking & Listening (EAP106), Advanced Research Writing (ENG150), Introduction to English Studies (ENG120), Speech Communication/Social Pragmatics (ENG102), Global Issue Analysis & Discussion (ENG103), Professional Digital Communication (ENG171), and Cross-cultural Pragmatics Seminar (COM220).


My interests lie in the fields of applied linguistics and psychology and how they interact in TESOL contexts. This includes second language acquisition (particularly the role of affective factors), pragmatics, learner autonomy, learner beliefs, EMI, teacher education, and curriculum design.


The Academic year in 2019 is shaping up to be a very busy one with the continuation of the innovative Integrated Discussion program to the EAP3 Speaking and Listening curriculum. This will coincide and work in tandem with another unit entitled Cross-cultural Pragmatics Seminar (COM220). International students taking COM220 in 2019:
• Gain a basic appreciation and understanding of the implications of cross-cultural pragmatics with a comparative focus highlighting the Japanese context; including the improvement of their ability to engage in enhanced interactions with Japanese individuals in an academic environment
• Analyze academic content on a wide variety of topics and issues and robustly engage with these materials from a pragmatically-informed perspective with Japanese individuals
• Learn fundamental self-assessment skills so that they will be able to efficiently monitor their own interactive progress and the progress of those they engage with
• Develop their cross-cultural communicative competence and learn to identify, understand, and manage some of the social and pragmatic factors involved in their interactions with others
• Acquire theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are readily transferable and able to be utilized in other classes at AIU, an international liberal arts institution featuring a complete EMI experience.

In the years ahead, besides maintaining a strong interest in TESOL, I plan to continue teaching an increased range of skills-based and content-based subjects with a diverse range of students. I would also like to continue to expand my teaching into applied linguistics and related areas of the social sciences. I am inspired by research that holds the potential for the eventual development of refined methods and practices that may be applied to the language classroom and beyond. I strongly seek to be part of efforts that may ultimately assist with practical theory, tools and exercises that teachers and students can employ to further their professional and personal goals. Helping others to achieve their full potential is truly the ultimate reward for me as an educator.

In the future I have a strong desire to conduct further research and teaching in the following areas:

• second language acquisition
• learner beliefs and autonomy
• language learner psychology
• pragmatics
• teacher education

Book Chapters:

• Sim, M. S. (April 2018). Integrated Discussion: Innovation via Cross-cultural Engagement. In C. Williams & R. Ruegg (Eds.), Teaching English for Academic Purposes in Japan: Studies from an English medium university.

Refereed Journal Articles:

• Sim, M. S. (2007). Beliefs and Autonomy: Encouraging More Responsible Learning. Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language), 1(2): 112-136. http://www.novitasroyal.org/archives/vol-1-issue-2

• Sim, M. S. & Roger, P. (2016). Culture, beliefs and anxiety: A study of university-level Japanese learners of English. Asian EFL Journal, 18(4), 26-77. http://asian-efl-journal.com/9852/quarterly-journal/2016/12/volume-18-issue-4-december-2016-quarterly-journal/

Keynote Speeches:

• Sim, M. S. (2016). English-medium education in Japan: Insights from an international liberal arts university. The International Conference on Social Science (CONFSS) Sapporo, Japan, 19-21 July 2016.

• Sim, M. S. (2017). Innovation in English language education: Cultivating cross-cultural engagement. The International Symposium on Education, Psychology and Social Sciences (ISEPPS) Kyoto, Japan, 9-11 May 2017.

Conference Presentations:

• Sim, M. S. (2005). Just do it: Encouraging more responsible learning. Chulalongkorn University Language Institute (CULI) 2005 National Seminar, Bangkok, Thailand.

• Sim, M. S. (2006). Tailoring English Education for Japanese Learners. Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) 2006 International Conference, Kokura, Japan.

• Sim, M. S. (2007). A Question of Responsibility: Encouraging Autonomy. Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) 2007 International Conference, Tokyo, Japan.

• Sim, M. S. (2008). Effectively Affecting Affect: Initial Results from the Classroom. International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) 2008 Int. Conference, Exeter, UK.

• Sim, M. S. (2014). Tackling Affect: Anxiety self-management for English language learners. Int. CLaSIC conference on Knowledge, Skills and Competencies in Foreign Language Education, Singapore.

• Sim, M. S. (2015). Grit and tenacity: A study of undergraduate Japanese learners of English. The International Symposium on Business and Social Sciences (TISSS) Tokyo.

• Sim, M. S. (2018). Building agency in the EMI context through integrated discussion: Successes & challenges. 8th Independent Learning Association Conference, Kobe, Japan.


While it is true that excellent teaching practice is essential, I also strongly believe that the most important component of the classroom is undoubtedly the students themselves. The most successful students are those that are prepared to make every effort to improve their entire skill set and to attack any weaknesses they may have in a methodical and well planned fashion. This may mean that they will have to adjust some of their beliefs and attitudes, and even their behavior, in order to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. This is best summed up in the words of Aristotle...
"Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny."

取得学位 【 表示 / 非表示

  • 学士 ビジネス国際貿易, Business Degree,Monash University, Melbourne,1998/05

  • 修士 応用言語学 (TESOL), 英語学,Macquarie University, Sydney,2004/09

  • 博士 応用言語学, 英語学,マッコーリー大学,2012/09

学内職務経歴 【 表示 / 非表示

  • 国際教養大学 国際教養学部 英語集中プログラム,准教授,2019/04 ~ 継続中

  • 国際教養大学 国際教養学部 英語集中プログラム,EAPコーディネーター,2020/04 ~ 継続中

職歴 【 表示 / 非表示

  • Akita International University (f/t) Faculty of International Liberal Arts,助教,2014/04 ~ 継続中

  • Gakushuin University (p/t),講師,2012/04 ~ 2014/03

  • Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology (p/t),講師,2010/04 ~ 2013/07

  • Tokyo Keizai University (f/t) Economics ,Special Lecturer,2009/04 ~ 2014/03

  • Nihon University College of Art (p/t),講師,2009/04 ~ 2014/04

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所属学会 【 表示 / 非表示

  • Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT),2002/04 ~ 継続中,日本

  • Applied Linguistics and Language in Education (ALLE),2004/04 ~ 継続中,オーストラリア

  • Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE),2020/01 ~ 継続中,日本

専門分野 【 表示 / 非表示

  • Curriculum design

  • E-learning

  • Higher Education

  • Applied Linguistics



担当授業科目 【 表示 / 非表示

  • 2020年度,秋学期,ENG120-1_F,英語学概論

  • 2020年度,秋学期,EAP106-Q_F,EAP アカデミック・リスニングとスピーキング

  • 2020年度,秋学期,ENG102-1_F,スピーチ・コミュニケーションの基礎

  • 2020年度,春学期,ENG102-1_S,スピーチ・コミュニケーションの基礎

  • 2020年度,春学期,ENG120-1_S,英語学概論

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