Yoshie Burrows

Lead author

Yoshie Burrows, lead author of the iiTomo series, has been actively involved in Japanese education in Victoria for more than 25 years. This includes a long career at Loreto College as a Year 7-12 teacher and language department coordinator. Since 2015, she is the Languages Professional Learning Community Leader for the Catholic Education Office at Ballarat Diocese. She has written VCE teaching materials including the Leading Edge VCE Japanese textbook, as well as practice exams for the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education.


Yoko Nishimura-Parke

Lead author

Yoko Nishimura-Parke has been actively involved in language education for more than 30 years as a high school teacher and senior education officer at the NSW Department of Education. She has extensive experience with syllabus writing, material development, HSC examination and supporting language teachers with their language proficiency, pedagogy and technology skills. She’s been involved as an author in both iiTomo and the Mirai series, and now as part of the lead author team on iiTomo Senior. Yoko is also an appointed writer for The Japan Forum, Tokyo. Her teaching ideas are regularly distributed internationally.


Nathan Lane

Lead author

Nathan Lane has been teaching Japanese in Victorian secondary schools for more than 18 years and has presented at state, national and international language conferences. He took part in the assets writing for the first edition of iiTomo 1-4. He is currently the Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning at St Mary MacKillop College and President of the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. (JLTAV). In 2017, Nathan was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. (MLTAV) in recognition of his exceptional and outstanding contribution to languages teaching in Victoria. Nathan is part of the lead author team on iiTomo Senior.


Mami Izuishi

Mami Izuishi, one of the co-authors of iiTomo 1, iiTomo 2 and iiTomo Senior, has been teaching Japanese at secondary schools in NSW for more than 25 years. Her experience in curriculum development includes being a member of the syllabus-writing team for the Japanese Heritage course (now Japanese in Context) and its sample examination, as well as being a member of the course-writing team for Japanese Extension. She has been actively involved in the HSC examination for more than 20 years as both an oral examiner and a marker.


Emma Lowry


Emma Lowry has taught Japanese in Queensland independent secondary schools for the past 12 years and is an advocate for authentic learning opportunities outside the classroom. She has experience as Head of Department for Japanese and currently holds a key leadership position as Associate Dean (Students). Emma also has experience in curriculum development and design, and has been a member of the QCAA’s District Review Panel.


Junko Nichols

Junko Nichols is a teacher of Japanese and English as a Foreign Language at pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She has taught in Japan, China, England and Australia over the past 25 years. Junko has also been teaching the CLIL approach with the University of Melbourne since 2013. She previously taught at a Japanese immersion program at Central Queensland University and has been involved in language teaching and language teacher training at a variety of schools, using a range of methodologies and approaches.


Kelly Harrison

Kelly Harrison has been teaching Japanese in Queensland since 2011, after completing a BA/BEd at the University of Queensland, including a year abroad at the University of Kitakyushu. Recently, she was involved in the development of the new QCAA senior Languages syllabi. Kelly has a keen interest in CLIL and implemented a Japanese Media Studies program at her school in Brisbane. She has also presented on the topic of CLIL at a number of teaching conferences around Australia.v


Naoko Florence Abe

Naoko Florence Abe has extensive years of teaching experience in the Years 7 to 12 NSW Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Programmes. Additionally, she has significant experience in educational leadership through her roles as a Coordinator of Languages, year coordinator and as a teacher mentor. She also works in NSW Curriculum development, as an HSC examiner and as an IB examiner and workshop leader. She is an active member of the Japanese Teachers’ Association of NSW.


Cathleen Jin

Cathleen Jin is has been actively involved in Japanese education in New South Wales for more than 20 years. This includes a long career in secondary schools as a 7-12 teacher and Head of Languages. She has also been President of the Japanese Teachers’ Association of NSW, a senior marker for the HSC and has presented various AIS and DET workshops. Cathleen is currently part of the senior leadership team at her school as Director of Professional Learning and conducts lectures at UNSW for pre-service language teachers.


Rachel Francis

Rachel Francis has been actively involved in Japanese education in South Australia and Victoria for more than 25 years. This includes a long career in secondary schools as a 7-12 teacher. Rachel was also the initiator of the acceleration model of teaching languages in South Australia with the introduction of the current SACE model in 2011.


Shoko Vujic

Shoko Vujic is an experienced teacher, who has been teaching Japanese in Australia for seven years. She also has a background in TESOL and has taught Japanese both for the HSC in New South Wales and the International Baccalaureate. Shoko has also spent time as both a marker and examiner for the HSC


Contributors and reviewers

Anne de Kretser

Anne de Kretser has been involved in Japanese language education for more than 30 years. She’s worked as a secondary teacher of Japanese, a teacher educator, a Japanese language consultant, a Japanese language curriculum writer, and professional learning provider. Anne has conducted research on Japanese language education in Australian schools and works across Australia with teachers of Japanese through professional learning seminars.


Liz Sugimoto

Liz Sugimoto is an experienced teacher of Japanese who has taught at both selective and comprehensive schools over the last 30 years. She’s also been involved in various planning and implementation projects with the NSW Department of Education and the Board of Studies (now NESA), and has extensive experience with setting, marking and assessing HSC exams at both the Continuers and Extension level. Liz is also a past president of the Japanese Teachers’ Association of NSW and has been a committee member for many years.


Mai Kajimoto

Mai Kajimoto has been teaching Japanese in primary and secondary schools in Queensland for the past 10 years. She’s also been a Japanese district review panel member for the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) since August 2013. In 2016, Mai was selected as a member of the QCAA Japanese scrutiny panel tasked with developing assessments and associated resources for a trial of the new external senior assessment system being introduced into Queensland schools.