Dr Noriko Iwashita

Associate Professor

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52381


Noriko Iwashita joined The University of Queensland in 2005. Prior to joining UQ, she was a Research Fellow at the Language Testing Research Center (LTRC) . At the LTRC she was involved in a variety of projects ranging from language assessment to bilingual and foreign language education in ESL, Japanese and other languages (e.g., Chinese and Indonesian). She was involved with colleagues at the LTRC in three large ETS (Educational Testing Service, USA) research projects funded for the development of a new TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) speaking test. She taught Japanese at various levels in Melbourne for many years and taught Applied Linguistics courses and supervised undergraduate and graduate students' research projects at The University of Melbourne and Universities in the USA.

Dr Noriko Iwashita’s research interests include the interfaces of language assessment and SLA, peer interaction in classroom based research and task-based assessment, and cross-linguistic investigation of four major language traits.

Research Interests: • Role of interaction in second language learning • Peer interaction assessment • Task-based language teaching, learning and assessment • Construct of oral proficiency in second language acquisition research and second language assessment and testing research


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Masters (Coursework), University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Education, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kobe University


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Book Chapter

  • Iwashita, Noriko, Nguyen, Giang Hong and Nguyen, Van-Trao (2023). Interactional competence in video-mediated speaking assessment in Vietnam. Fundamental considerations in technology mediated language assessment. (pp. 275-285) edited by Karim Sadeghi and Dan Douglas. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Iwashita, Noriko (2022). Speaking assessment. The Routledge handbook of second language acquisition and speaking. (pp. 130-143) edited by Tracey M. Derwing, Murray J. Munro and Ron I. Thomson. New York, NY United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003022497-12

  • Iwashita, Noriko, May, Lyn and Moore, Paul J. (2021). Operationalising interactional competence in computer-mediated speaking tests. Assessing speaking in context: expanding the construct and its applications. (pp. 283-302) edited by M. Rafael Salaberry and Alfred Rue Burch. Bristol, United Kingdom: Multilingual Matters. doi: 10.21832/9781788923828-013

  • Iwashita, Noriko and Dao, Phung (2021). Peer feedback in second language oral interaction. The Cambridge handbook of corrective feedback in second language learning and teaching. (pp. 275-299) edited by Hossein Nassaji and Eva Kartchava. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108589789.014

  • Li, Huifang (Lydia) and Iwashita, Noriko (2019). Development of English question formation in the EFL context of China: recasts or prompts?. Widening contexts for processability theory. (pp. 327-348) edited by Anke Lenzing, Howard Nicholas and Jana Roos. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi: 10.1075/palart.7.14li

  • Iwashita, Noriko (2019). Peer interaction assessment: Overview of research and directions. Social perspectives on language testing: Papers in honour of Tim McNamara. (pp. 105-120) edited by Carsten Roever and Gillian Wigglesworth. Berlin, Germany: Peter Lang.

  • Iwashita, Noriko (2018). Grammar and language proficiency. TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching. (pp. 1-7) edited by John Liontas. Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118784235.eelt0069

  • Pham, Nhu Luan and Iwashita, Noriko (2018). Using corrective feedback on writing to enhance Vietnamese learners' autonomy. International Perspectives on Teaching the Four Skills in ELT: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing. (pp. 205-218) edited by Anne Burns and Joseph Siegel. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-63444-9

  • Yucel, Megan and Iwashita, Noriko (2017). The IELTS roller coaster: stories of hope, stress, success and despair. Narrative research in practice: stories from the field. (pp. 209-223) edited by Rachael Dwyer, Ian Davis and elke emerald. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-1579-3_10

  • Choi, Hyunsik and Iwashita, Noriko (2016). Interactional behaviours of low-proficiency learners in small group work. Peer interaction and second language learning: pedagogical potential and research agenda. (pp. 113-134) edited by Masatoshi Sato and Susan Ballinger. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi: 10.1075/lllt.45.05cho

  • Iwashita, Noriko and Li, Huifang (Lydia) (2012). Patterns of corrective feedback in a task-based adult EFL classroom setting in China. Task-based language teaching in foreign language contexts: research and implementation. (pp. 137-161) edited by Ali Shehadeh and Christine A. Coombe. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Bemjamins Publishing Company. doi: 10.1075/tblt.4.11iwa

  • Iwashita, N. and Harrington, M. W. (2008). Summary and discussion of studies in the acquisition of Japanese as a second language in Australia. 多様化する言語習得環境とこれからの日本語教育. (pp. 79-96) edited by Sakamoto Akira, Nagatomo Kazuhiko and Koyanagi Kaoru. Tokyo, Japan: 3A Corporation.

  • Elder, Catherine and Iwashita, Noriko (2005). Planning for Test Performance: Does it Make a Difference?. Planning and Task Performance in a Second Language. (pp. 219-238) edited by R. Ellis. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamin. doi: 10.1075/lllt.11.14eld

  • McNamara, T., Brown, A., Grove, E., Hill, K. and Iwashita, N. (2004). Part IV: Second Language Testing and Assessment. Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning. (pp. 773-887) edited by Hinkel, E.. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

  • Iwashita, Noriko (1999). Tasks and Learners' Output in Nonnative-Nonnative Interaction. The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second Language. (pp. 31-52) edited by Kazue Kanno. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

  • Brown, Annie and Iwashita, Noriko (1998). The role of language background in the validation of a computer-adaptive test. Validation in language assessment. (pp. 195-207) edited by Antony John Kunnan. Mahwah, NJ, United States: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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