Noriko grew up in Japan and from an early age developed an interest in French, and so earned a BA in French at Seinan Gakuin University  This was followed by an English teaching certificate for Shougakkan After School English conversation programme for primary school students in Japan.  She later earned a Certificate of Education for post compulsory education,  at Canterbury Christ Church College in England.

Noriko started her career as a teacher of English conversation working with primary school students was working as an instructor for primary school English conversation class as well as serving as a French translator for a company in Japan.   When she relocated to the UK, she started teaching Japanese to adults, and then A level Japanese at a prestigious public school in Kent.  To this she added IB Japanese Literature A, working in an IB World School in Greater London.  She has also taught Japanese GSCEs, IBMYP and IB Ab Initio at another IB School in Kent.

Noriko has done professional development courses for IB teachers (both Language A and B), and additionally participates continuously in workshops for Japanese native teachers: “Japanese Literature workshops” run by Tokyo Gakugei University, under the leadership of Professor Sumiko Nakamura.   Noriko has also supervised an Extended Essay:  ‘To what extent does “Barefoot Gen” provide an accurate portrayal of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima?’

We are pleased that Noriko is available to support our Japanese students.