Akiko Sharp

Akiko Sharp



Contact information

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-5308


Office: Craigie Hall C 208



Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Calgary, 2012

Teaching Certificate - Junior/Senior High School, English, Saitama Board of Education, 1988

Educational Background

M.A. International Relations, University of Nottingham, 1992

B.A. International Relations, Tokyo International University, 1988


Areas of Research

Japanese Language and Culture
Japanese - Reading and Writing
Virtual Exchange Program and COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning)

I designed and implemented Virtual Exchange Program in the spring 2021 and 2022.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
JPNS 205 Beginners' Japanese Fall 2017, 2022
JPNS 207 Beginners' Japanese Winter 2018, 2023
JPNS 301 Continuing Japanese I Fall 2018, 2020, 2021
JPNS 303 Continuing Japanese II Winter 2021, 2022
JPNS 331 Intermediate Japanese I Winter 2018, 2020, 2022
JPNS 333 Intermediate Japanese II Winter 2019, 2020
JPNS 373 Intermediate Skills in Japanese Writing Spring 2020
JPNS 441 Advanced Conversational Japanese Winter 2021
JPNS 451 Japanese Through Texts Winter 2018, 2020, 2022
EALS 501 Advanced Research in East Asian Language Studies Winter 2023
JPNS 309.01 Wisdom, Imagination, and Creation (Group Study Program) Spring 2015, 2018, 2019
JPNS 310 Topics in Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting I (Virtual Learning I) Spring 2021, 2022
JPNS 312 Topics in Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting II (Virtual Learning II) Spring 2021, 2022
JPNS 310 / 311 Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting I (Group Study Program) Spring 2015, 2018, 2019
JPNS 312 / 313 Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting (Group Study Program) Spring 2015, 2018, 2019
JPNS 317 .03 Japanese Culture History in the Present Day (Group Study Program) Spring 2017


Introducing VR to Japanese Language Education

Think Ink - Learning Japanese Calligraphy

Think Ink series started in 2014 as a part of Japanese Culture Series. https://sites.google.com/view/learningjapanesecalligraphy/featured-news




  • Faculty of Arts Award for Leadership in Internationalization, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary. 2022
  • The Consul General's Commendation, Consulate General of Japan in Calgary. 2019


  • Genius English Japanese Dictionary (ジーニアス大英和辞典). Contributor for Taisyukan’s Unabridged Genius English Japanese Dictionary”. Taisyukan Syoten. (2001)

More Information

Her language-teaching career began teaching English at high schools in Japan. She was a founding member of Derby Japanese School (http://www.derbyjs.co.uk) for children of employees of the Toyota Derbyshire factory in the UK in 1991. She has been involved in community bilingual and heritage Japanese language education since she arrived on these shores in 1995, and has been an active volunteer in Winnipeg and Calgary promoting Japanese language and culture. She has served as Vice-Principal of the Calgary Japanese Language School and as President of SAJLTA (Southern Alberta Japanese Language Teachers’ Association), She also served a board member of CAJLE (Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education) and an organizing member of the National Japanese Language Speech Contest.

I was involved in the Japanese Language Speech Contest since 1997. I am a member of the organizing committee for the Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest and used to be a member of the National Japanese Language Speech Contest.