Associate Professor

BSocSc University of Waikato (Economics)

THOMPSON GeneAssociate Professor

BSocSc University of Waikato (Economics)

Gene is an Associate Professor of Language and Communication. His recent research explores challenge and success in English medium instruction (EMI) in higher education in Japan and across Asia. He maintains an interest in the intersection between learner and teacher cognitions and practices for language learning, and English as a lingua franca for business.

Specialized field

English Medium Instruction (EMI), English as a lingua franca for global business, learner and teacher cognitions about language learning

Current Position

Department of Global Business
Graduate School of Business, Master in International Business Course (MIB)
Graduate School of Business, Doctoral Program

Educational background

Queensland University of Technology (Education)
University of Waikato (Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Diploma
University of Waikato (Second Language Teaching)

Major Research Achievements

Aizawa, I., Rose, H., Thompson, G., & Curle, S. (2020). Beyond the threshold: Exploring English language proficiency, linguistic challenges, and academic language skills of Japanese students in an English medium instruction programme. Language Teaching Research.
Thompson, G., Aizawa, I., Curle, S., & Rose, H. (2019). Exploring the role of self-efficacy beliefs and learner success in English Medium Instruction. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.
Thompson, G., & Dooley, K. (2019). Exploring the key domains where teacher efficacy beliefs operate for Japanese high school teachers of English. Asia Pacific Education Review, 20(3), 503-518.
Rose, H., Curle, S., Aizawa, I. & Thompson, G. (2019). What drives success in English medium taught courses? The interplay between language proficiency, academic skills, and motivation. Studies in Higher Education, 45(11), 2149-2161.
Thompson, G., & Woodman, K. (2019). Exploring Japanese high school English teachers’ foreign language teacher efficacy beliefs. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 47(1), 48-65.

Award Funding

University of Oxford, Centre for EMI Research and Development (2017), Co-investigator of funded project “EMI Challenges in Japanese Universities”
Australian Association for Research in Education (2017), Nominee for AARE Ray Debus Award
Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Education (2016), Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
University of Waikato, Waikato Management School (1998), JT Ward Prize in Economics

Professional Activities

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford
Editorial Board, Data in Brief (Journal), Elsevier Ltd.
Research network member, Oxford EMI Research Group, University of Oxford


Thompson, G. (2020). Exploring Language Teacher Efficacy in Japan. Multilingual Matters.