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Saeko Toyoshima

University lecturer (Arts & Humanities; Education)

Tokyo, Japan

I am interested in second/foreign language acquisition and learning, English education and instruction in Japanese contexts. I finished my PhD degree at the University of York, England, the study of which investigated Japanese English-learners how develop English learning by adopting semi-structured interviews called "structured conversation" with a questionnaire as subsidiary method to develop triangulation in my research methodology. Since then, I adopted qualitative research methods, such as interviews, open-ended questionnaires, think-aloud protocol, to let English learners reveal their subjective feelings about their learning English or participating in pedagogical tasks in English classes. I believe that such subjective interactions between researcher and participants (learners) will turn out to establish intersubjectivity, i.e., objective views both on learners and on researcher, i.e., myself.

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