Contents in Second Language Education
The Contents in Second Language Education course is aimed at training people who can take an active role in innovating language education by conducting research into the content and method of Applied Linguistics. In this course, we work with an academic base of linguistics (corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, conversation analysis, speech science, grammar, education, educational science and class theory) and emphasise research with a focus on practical use in the field of education. Through a multifaceted approach to the challenges of teaching other languages, students in this course will be sought after by education agencies all over the world. Even if you haven’t specialized in linguistics in your undergraduate studies, this course welcomes any student with a desire to contribute to the globalization of society through second language education.
Students’ research themes
- Japanese katakana;
- Phonics rules;
- Focus-on-form pronunciation aids; and
- English/Japanese code-switching
- Identity and second language use;
- Developing tests for elementary school English teacher suitability;
- Formulation in interaction;
- Japanese compound verbs;
- Similar forms in Chinese and Japanese; and
- Developing interactional competence
Shin’ichiro ISHIKAWA, Professor
Courses taught: Applied Linguistics II
Areas of specialization: My research fields cover applied linguistics, corpus linguistics, psycholinguistics, and TESOL (especially vocabulary learning, development and analysis of teaching materials, and language teaching methodologies). I welcome any students who want to consider languages and language
Harumi KASHIWAGI, Professor
Courses taught: Second Language Learning and Technology
Areas of specialization: Recently I have been interested in developing a learning system by using the position information of learners and objects in real space. I am also interested in developing a listening- based learning system and a system with an interactive whiteboard. I welcome any students who are interested in developing a learning system with new technology. If you have any questions, e-mail me.
Emiko KIHARA, Associate Professor
Courses taught: Second Language Pedagogy
Areas of specialization: My research relates to Cognitive Linguistics, especially to constructions in English. I have focused on the correlation between form and meaning in English (written by the native speaker), and currently I am studying constructions written by L2 learners (Japanese college students).
Tim GREER, Professor
Courses taught: Second Language Pragmatics
Areas of specialization: I am interested in the relation between linguistic expressions and the people that use them. I specialize in L2 pragmatics, using qualitative investigation methods and detailed, empirical analysis of conversations. I research social activities involving words that come up in ordinary and bilingual conversation, as well as conversation in oral English ability tests. Additionally, I also research conversation analysis, identity construction and bilingualism.
Shunyaku SHU, Professor
Courses taught: Applied Contrastive Linguistics II
Areas of specialization: My research interests are situated at the intersection between speech science and second language education. I research speech from psychological, biological and physical standpoints, students with an interest in second language pronunciation and its pedagogy.
Kazuhito YAMATO, Professor
Courses taught: Applied Linguistics I
Areas of specialization: I am interested in teaching English pronunciation, particularly English prosody (i.e. rhythm and intonation) and currently working on analyzing and describing the use of intonation by Japanese EFL learners. Additionally, I am also interested in the methods and theoretical backgrounds involved in developing pragmatic competence.