Contents in Second Language Education

Contents in Second Language Education

22 August 2017 Last updated

Overview of the course

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 emphasize 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

Master’s program: English intensifiers, English collocation, English causative verbs, English activating expressions, First and third person German verbs,Japanese katakana, shadowing, phonics rules, Focus-on-form pronunciation aids, English/Japanese code-switching

Doctoral programIdentity and second language use, Developing tests for elementary school English teacher suitability, Formulation in interaction,Japanese compound verbs, Similar forms in Chinese and Japanese, Developing interactional competence



Shin’ichiro ISHIKAWA, Professor
Subject: Special Lecture 2 on Contents in Second Language Education.
Research fields: My research fields cover applied linguistics, corpus linguistics, psycho-linguistics, 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 educations from a scientific perspective.

Harumi KASHIWAGI, Professor
Subject: Special lecture on second language educational technology.
Research fields: 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 listeningbased 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
Subjects: Special lecture on second language teaching theory.
Research fields: 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
Subjects: Special lecture on second language operations.
Research fields: 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
Subjects: Special lecture on adaptive linguistic comparisons.
Research fields: My research interests are situated at the intersection between speech science and second language education. I research speech from psychological, biological and physical standpoints, and consider ways to more effectively teach second language pronunciation. I would be like to supervise students with an interest in second language pronunciation and its pedagogy.

Madoka SERIZAWA, Assistant Professor
Subjects: Applied Contrastive Linguistics I My main area of research is historical pragmatics, and I specially analyze colloquialism/literary style, construction and vocabulary in print media in early modern Germany. Lately I am also interested in the relationship between text and pictures.

Kazuhito YAMATO, Professor
Subjects: Special lecture on second language teaching content.
Research fields: 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.


Faculty of Intercultural Studies/ Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University
1-2-1, Tsurukabuto, Nada-ku, Kobe, JAPAN 657-8501