Contrastive linguistics and native-language-specific pedagogy for the purposes of Japanese-, English- and Chinese-language education.

We explore language universals and the differences between individual languages, mainly by contrasting Japanese with English and Chinese. Aside from these three languages, there are graduate students whose native languages are Russian or Persian and who are contrasting these languages with English and Japanese and developing language-specific Japanese pedagogy. I personally have great interest in French and Korean, but contrasts between Japanese and other languages are also welcome.

Topics my students are researching are listed below; however, these are just examples, and students are free to choose grammatical or lexical topics of their own interest. Contrastive analysis is mainly undertaken with the cooperation of students who are native speakers of the languages in question.


International Exchange

The seminar has a diverse atmosphere, with native speakers of English, Chinese, Russian and Persian, as well as Japanese students majoring in English, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese.

I ask my Japanese students to act as tutors for foreign students at TUFS, in addition to exchange students and teaching trainees from The University of Leeds (UK) and National Taiwan University, and Chinese universities. Through offering support with Japanese and with life in Japan, students often make lifelong friendships with foreign students.

I hold a joint position at the International Center for Japanese Studies (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), so there are opportunities for part time work at international conferences, receiving foreign researchers, and compiling databases of Japanese language education institutes.


Employment Opportunities

Aside from jobs in manufacturing companies where there are opportunities to use English and Chinese, many of my students find employment as high school English teachers, Japanese teachers, civil servants (at universities or in international exchange departments of regional government), or working in airline companies, foreign hotel chains, publishing houses, study abroad companies or preparatory schools. Students who are aiming to become members of English, Chinese or Japanese teaching staff at university, as well as those taking qualifications in English or Japanese language teaching, advance to graduate school.


Visiting the Research Group

Prospective students can apply to visit at one of the following times: Thursday period 2 (room 745); Thursday period 4 (room 332).