University of Calgary

Akiko Sharp

  • Senior Instructor

Office Hours

Or by appointment Winter 2018
Or by appointment Winter 2018

Currently Teaching

 P2022 - JPNS 310.1 - Topics in Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting I (Virtual Learning I)
 P2022 - JPNS 312.1 - Topics in Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting II (Virtual Learning II)
 P2022 - JPNS 312.2 - Topics in Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting II (Immersion Learning II)
 F2022 - JPNS 205 - Beginners' Japanese I
LEC 1MWRF 10:00 - 10:50
EDC 284
LEC 3MWRF 11:00 - 11:50
EDC 284
LAB 1T 10:00 - 10:50
EDC 284
LAB 3T 11:00 - 11:50
EDC 284
 F2022 - JPNS 331 - Intermediate Japanese I
LEC 1MWF 13:00 - 13:50
EDC 384
 W2023 - EALS 501 - Advanced Research in East Asian Languages Studies
 W2023 - JPNS 207 - Beginners' Japanese II
LEC 1MTWF 10:00 - 10:50
SS 006
LEC 3MTWF 13:00 - 13:50
CHE 102
LAB 1R 10:00 - 10:50
CHE 102
LAB 3R 13:00 - 13:50
CHE 102


Akiko Sharp is an instructor in the Japanese Program at the Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures at the University of Calgary. She has been teaching at the University of Calgary since 2003, and has taught Japanese to students from ages 4 to 80 in Japan, Canada and the UK.


Digital Games

One of her research interests is the exploration of the potential of digital games in engaging learners and in encouraging interactions beneficial to language acquisition (  This project is now collaborating with a team in the University of Leipzig, lead by Dr. Martin Roth. (


Her ongoing project is to develop reading materials for Japanese learners (


Community Education

Her language-teaching career began teaching English at high schools in Japan.  She was a founding member of Derby Japanese School ( 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) and is currently a board member of CAJLE (Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education).  She is also a member of the organizing committee for the Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest as well as the National Japanese Language Speech Contest.

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