Naoko Kinoshita is currently an associate professor for the Center of Japanese Language at Waseda University in Tokyo. She attained her Ph.D. from Waseda University. She has taught Japanese as a second language in universities, companies, and language schools in both Japan and overseas for more than 25 years. In 2015 she was awarded the Waseda e-teaching award for her part in developing learning materials for beginning learners of Japanese. In 2019 she was awarded the Grand Waseda e-teaching award for the development of Japanese pronunciation materials for second language learners and integration of those materials in her classes. Her research interests are the acquisition and teaching of second language pronunciation and the development of e-learning materials.