Department of Education

Natsuno Funada

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: Linacre College

Natsuno 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 previously completed 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.

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 be a qualified English and Japanese language teacher. Her current research focuses on Japanese students’ attitudes toward English as a global language.

Thesis

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

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