Mitsue Allen-Tamai is a professor in the English Department of Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan and she has been teaching at TUJ since 2000. She has been involved in creating teaching materials for young Japanese EFL learners at the national level and has been invited to give talks at many in-service training seminars nationwide. Her research focuses on the literacy development of young learners. She is currently serving as the president of the Japan Association for the Study of Teaching English to Children.  

Recent publications:

  • Allen-Tamai, M. (2020). New Horizon Elementary (elementary school textbook). Eds. M. Allen-Tamai, K. Ano, and N. Hamanaka. Tokyo: Tokyo Shoseki.

  • Allen-Tamai, M. (2019). Literacy Teaching for Elementary School Students. Tokyo: Tokyo Shoseki.

  • Allen-Tamai, M. & Izumi, M. (2019). Literacy Instruction and Can-Do Assessment in Elementary School English Education. JASTEC (The Japan Association for the Study of Teaching English to Children) Journal. No. 38. 1-13.

  • Allen-Tamai, M. (2018). Learning English from fairy tales: A story-based curriculum for EFL learners. In F. Copland & S. Garton (Eds.) TESOL VOICES Young Learner Education. TESOL press.

  • Allen-Tamai, M. (2013). Story Trees. Tokyo: Shogakkan and Shueisha Production

  • Allen-Tamai, M. (2012). Phonological awareness and development of word knowledge among young Japanese learners of English, The Journal of Asia TEFL Special Issue, 1-28.

  • Allen-Tamai, M. (2011) Stories and Activities for English Education. Tokyo: Shogakkan and Shueisha Production.

  • Allen-Tamai, M. (2010). Teaching English at Primary Schools—From Theory to Practice. Tokyo: Taishu Kan

Education:  Ed. D., Temple University