Doctoral Theses/Dissertations

  1. KIMURA, D. (2018) English as a lingua franca, multilingualism, and social networks in study abroad: Narrative case studies of Japanese students in Thailand. Pennsylvania State University
  2. D’ANGELO, J. (2016). A broader concept of world Englishes for educational Contexts: applying the ‘WE enterprise’ to Japanese higher education. North-West University.
    • The thesis triangulates 3 sets of qualitative data: questionnaires given to recent graduates, teachers, and classroom observations. The findings of this study indicate that pluralistic theories of English use (WE, EIL, and English as a Lingua Franca) can be more effective in preparing students to interact with people from around the world in their future jobs and other social interactions in English–than a ‘Native Speakerist’ view of English.
  3. ISHIKAWA, T. (2016) A study of Japanese university students’ attitudes towards their English. University of Southampton.
  4. HINO, N. (2015). Principles and practices for EIL education in Japan. Osaka University.
    • This dissertation proposes an analytical framework for the teaching of EIL (English as an International Language), followed by discussions of materials, methodologies, and models for EIL education in Japan, also with reports on actual classroom practices in EIL.
  5. KONAKAHARA, M. (2015). A reconsideration of communication strategies from the perspectives of English as a lingua franca: A qualitative analysis of interactional management of face-threatening acts.Waseda University.
    • The research investigates how international students who use ELF in British university settings interactionally manage face-threatening acts while communicating with their friends by using a conversation analytic approach that takes into account embodied actions like gaze and gestures.
  6. TAKINO, M. (2015). Negotiating the challenges of using English in business communication: Listening narratives of Japanese BELF users. University of Southampton.
    • This study explores the trajectory of Japanese business people’s use of English in global business contexts by listening to their narratives. It examines what challenges they have faced in their communication in BELF (Business English as a Lingua Franca), how they have dealt with those challenges, and how they have developed their professional language repertoires through these experiences over time and space.
  7. NOGAMI, Y. (2011). Japanese L2 English users’ second language identities and pragmatic use in relations of power and culture. University of Essex.
    • The study aimed a) to explore the identities of Japanese L2 English users when participating in intercultural communication in global and local contexts, and b) to investigate how their identities have an influence on their pragmatic choices, with a particular interest in the relations of power and culture/ethnicity.