Graduate Program in Language Education and Communication

Graduate School of Letters

Language Education/Communication Major
■Japanese language education course ■English education course ■English education specialty course (1 year) (master's course)

Graduate Program in Language Education and Communication

 (Until admission in 2024)
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Providing a place for acquiring specialized knowledge and teaching skills essential for language education and for research

Features of the Graduate Program in Language Education and Communication

This major aims to develop professionals who can take on leadership roles in foreign language education.The main targets are Japanese students, international students, and current teachers who aim to become teachers of Japanese to non-native Japanese speakers or English to Japanese people.While mastering the comprehensive science of second language acquisition, students aim to acquire teaching skills and advanced communication abilities, aiming to integrate theory and practice required of language teachers.In addition to the conventional two-year course, we have opened a one-year English education specialized course for working adults in 2.In addition, to make it easier for working graduate students to take the course, we offer intensive lectures by inviting famous researchers from Japan and abroad, as well as real-time online classes for subjects held in the evening and after. *
*Implementation will be determined based on the number of students taking the course that year and the circumstances of the host university/facility.

Curriculum structure to foster a broad perspective

Even though the target languages ​​are different, there are many common research issues in Japanese and English education.We view both educational fields from the higher-level perspective of language education, and have established common subjects that students majoring in either field can take and study together.
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Laying the foundation for future professionals

In addition to detailed thesis guidance in small groups, students are encouraged to present their research and publish papers both inside and outside the university, so that they can improve their academic skills.
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Full of public lectures and lectures by external lecturers

In addition to holding public lectures with visiting professor Dr. Michael Harrington (University of Queensland), an authority on English education, we also invite researchers who are active at the forefront of linguistics and language education-related fields twice a year. We are holding lectures.

Flexible acceptance of working adults and international students

In addition to new university graduates, we provide a learning experience for working adults, especially current teachers, so that they can recurrence or expand their qualifications while working.We also provide international students with a path to become educators and researchers who are responsible for the future of their countries.
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1-year “English Education Specialized Course”

  • Acquire the 30 credits required to obtain a degree in one year by taking intensive classes on Saturdays and during summer and spring vacations.
  • In addition to course subjects, you can choose from common subjects and English education course subjects.
  • Study fees are set at around 2% of the 7-year course.
Learning in the English Education Specialized Course
Learning in the English Education Specialized Course

Academic Advisors and Full-time Faculty Members

Aya Kondo
1.Japanese language pedagogy
 Learner-centered Japanese language education centered on collaborative learning, foreign language teaching methods, teacher training, and language acquisition
 2.Business communication research/support for foreign workers
 Collaboration between Japanese and foreigners, case study, business Japanese education, etc.
Hiroo Suzuki
1. Acquisition and instruction of vocabulary and grammar
2. Cognitive functions of English reading comprehension and writing process
3. Cognitive explanation theory for developing English teaching materials
Hirohide Mori
Using applied linguistics methods, we examine the effectiveness of English instruction and learning in school settings, English education policies such as curriculum guidelines and university entrance exam reforms, and even analysis of the characteristics of English usage as an international lingua franca. approach.In particular, we will emphasize the role that actual English communication plays in various situations.
Yoshimasa Ogawa
Project Professor
1. Focusing on tasks and language forms
2.Language teaching method using vocabulary phrases
3. Feedback on Japanese English learners' English compositions
Reiko Ikeda  
Specially Appointed Professor
1.Japanese language pedagogy
 Peer learning (collaborative learning), writing education, academic Japanese, teacher training, qualitative research approach, sociocultural approach
 2. Collaborative communication
 Business Japanese communication education, case study, lesson design
Miwako Ohba
 Associate professor
Conversation data analysis, sociolinguistics
 We use conversational data to clarify the characteristics of interactions in contact situations, such as conversations between international students and foreign workers at work, and consider ways to apply this information to practical settings.
*Names and research themes are subject to change.

Courses offered (2023)

[Common subjects]
Introduction to intercultural communication language education and culture Qualitative and quantitative research methods Data collection and analysis
Introduction to Linguistics
Distinguished Scholar's Lectures Current issues
language teaching methods Theory and research on language teaching methods Advanced Lecture Series Issues in Applied Linguistics
Introduction to second language acquisition Mechanisms of language acquisition and classroom instruction

[Japanese language education course]
Japanese language phase of modern language Japanese language education special lecture E Japanese language education grammar
Japanese language education special lecture A Japanese teaching method Japanese language education seminar Language education research methods
Japanese language education special lecture B Business Japanese education Japanese language teaching practice A/B Japanese teaching method/practical training
Japanese language education special lecture C Second language acquisition and Japanese language education Special seminar on Japanese language education Research guidance/dissertation writing guidance
Japanese language education special lecture D Sociolinguistics and Japanese language education

[English education course]
English education special lecture A English teaching theory English teaching exercise C Corpus research
English education special lecture C audio instruction English teaching exercise D discourse research
English education special lecture D Second language acquisition theory English teaching exercise F Teaching material theory
English Education Special Lecture E Children's English education English teaching seminar G How to write English grammar
English Education Special Lecture F Teaching with Technology Special seminar on English education Research guidance/dissertation writing guidance
English Education Special Lecture G Learning English grammar

[English Education Specialized Course]
English teaching methodology seminar A oral presentation English teaching methodology exercise D Academic WritingⅠ
English teaching methodology seminar B Public Speaking English teaching methodology exercise E Academic WritingⅡ
English teaching methodology seminar C Advanced Speaking Skills English teaching methodology Classroom Teaching Practicum

Master's Thesis/Self-Application Assignment Report Theme

[Japanese language education course]
  • "About the acquisition of the final particle 'ne' - Focusing on Chinese Japanese learners in different learning environments"
  • Communication problems among Chinese international students majoring in Japanese: Focusing on problem awareness and coordination.”
  • A study on group organization in peer response.”
  • “About the acquisition of requesting speech acts by Chinese Japanese language learners”
  • “Japanese language acquisition by Chinese-Japanese bilingual children”
  • Analysis of adjustments to customers' expressions of dissatisfaction in part-time work situations: Targeting Chinese Japanese language learners.
  • "Introducing rubrics in peer response - Practicing online activities"
  • Misuse of Kosoa among Chinese Japanese Language Learners and the Possibility of Acquisition through Collaborative Activities"
  • Effects of recasting on Chinese Japanese learners' errors with the case particle ``ni'' - Focusing on learners' prior knowledge and individual differences.''
[English education course]
  • The influence of reading aloud on the acquisition of English syntax”
  • “Learning fixed expressions based on children’s literature”
  • The influence of learning fixed expressions on writing ability.”
  • Changes in motivation, learning strategies, and English language proficiency in Japanese elementary school students' English learning - Focusing on children exposed to output opportunities.
  • Comparison of Reading Activities in Japan and Japan: Focusing on Textbooks for Beginner English Learners"
  • A study on suppressing speaking anxiety in child English learners - Focusing on three tasks -
[English Education Specialized Course] Self-Application Assignment Report
  • "Practical research on the task activity of adding new scenes to English plays in elementary schools"
  • Effects of Keyword-Based Speaking Instruction on Fostering Improvisation in Speech for Junior High School Students”