Department of Education

Natsuno Funada

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: Linacre College

Natsuno is a DPhil candidate in Education. She is at the last stage of completing her thesis. She has taught Japanese and English in universities in the U.S. and Japan for four years. In the U.S., she was in charge of teaching oral skills to Japanese language learners at all levels. In Japan, she taught university English courses: intermediate and advanced English and the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) preparation.

She studied her MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA) at the University of Oxford, where she conducted her research on teachers’ and students’ beliefs and perceptions about teaching and learning English in Japanese higher education. Her findings were published in The Journal of Asia TEFL. Prior to coming to Oxford, she earned a master’s degree in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the U.S. and completed several Japanese language pedagogy courses in the U.S. and Japan to become a qualified English and Japanese teacher. She also conducted research on writing strategies of Japanese as a foreign language.

Her doctoral research focuses on Japanese students’ attitudes towards English as an international language. She is also interested in teachers’ and teacher educators’ attitudes towards English as an international language and Japanese as a second/foreign language. She was a research assistant for a project that investigated attainment gaps amongst Oxford undergraduates in highly mathematical subjects. For this she conducted a quantitative analysis on the collected data. She is currently a teaching assistant for ALSLA SPSS Statistics Lab.


Rose, H., Syrbe, M., Montakantiwong, A., & Funada, N. (in press). Global TESOL for the 21st century teaching English in a changing world. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Funada, N. (in press). Revisiting grammar translation: students’ beliefs about current classroom practices at Japanese universities. The Journal of AsiaTEFL, 17(1).


An attitudinal study of English language learners toward English as a global language in a Japanese context.

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