Subprogram in English Language Education

Why Choose Us?

The Subprogram in English Language Education focuses on bridging the gulf between the practice and theory of English teaching. In our global world, there is a need for higher levels of English proficiency, and yet many people still struggle to use English in academic, pedagogical, or vocational environments. Our subprogram aims at developing effective, advanced teaching methods as well as formulating universal language theories by providing deeper insight into the mechanism of foreign language learning. Through such research, our subprogram aims to help students acquire the knowledge and competences they will need to tackle the problems they will face in a career in language teaching.

Selected PhD Dissertations (*The list includes those submitted to the previous program before reorganization.)
Inferring and Learning EFL Vocabulary Using Morphological and Contextual Clues: Prefix Availability, Contextual Informativeness, and Learner Proficiency
Effects of Providing Known Associates on Intentional Vocabulary Learning: Comparing Synonyms, Co-hyponyms, and Lexical Collocations
The Flexible Lexical Inferencing Processes of Japanese EFL Learners: A Think-Aloud Study
Processing and Interpreting Unknown Words With Morphological and Contextual Information Among Japanese EFL Learners: Focusing on the Semantic Transparency of Morphemes and Learner Proficiency
Effects of Task Conditions on Spoken Performance in Retelling
Generation of Knowledge-based Inferences in Japanese EFL Learners’ Reading Comprehension
Understanding Causal Relations and Learning From Text in Japanese EFL Readers
Constructing Mental Representations of Textual Topic Structure Among Japanese EFL Readers