James York on the virtual language learning environment that he created in the world of Minecraft for students of Japanese as part of his PhD research.
Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova gives an insight into the dangers created by language and culture in the fields of native and foreign language acquisition and translation.
Professor Frances Shiobara examines whether Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule can be applied to language learning and examines opportunities for maximising students’ second language acquisition in the context of the Japanese education system.
Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova examines the traditions and innovations of English Language Teaching (ELT) in Russia, and gives a short history of its development in the country.
Professor Myles Chilton reflects in what is at stake in transgressing disciplinary limits in English language teaching. What are the limits? Who sets these limits? What is the value of incorporating English literature study into the study of English language?
Ken Wilson is interviewed on the assumptions that surround language learning. What is essential when learning a new language? Should your teacher be a native speaker of the language?
Language learning experts Professor Marjo Mitsutomi and Dr. Minna Kirjavainen present their research on the process of first and second language acquisition, and their findings in the difference in written and spoken self-expression abilities.