Current occupationI am currently an associate professor of English within the Department of International Liberal Arts at Chugokugakuen University in Okayama City, Japan.
Brief outline of PhD research My thesis. My research examined the perceived English language learning outcomes of Project-Based Language Learning project work among students at a Japanese Junior College. The results indicated that, to varying degrees, such project work can enhance students’ self-efficacy in English speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and pronunciation.
Why did you choose to study for your PhD in the School of Languages and Social Sciences? The program's structure was such that at each stage, my learning and skills development were supported by the preceding stages.
What did you find most useful about the PhD programme?Having come from more of a 'hard science' background in which the scientific method, quantitative data, validity and reliability were central issues, it was very useful to learn how to collect, analyse and interpret qualitative data within a different research paradigm.
How has your PhD helped you in your current occupation?It has made me a more competent and confident teacher, researcher and postgraduate tutor.
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