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Department of Education

Ikuya Aizawa

Doctoral Student

College Affiliation: St Catherine's College

Ikuya is a DPhil student in the Department of Education. He is also a doctoral researcher of the English Medium Instruction (EMI) Research Group.

His DPhil research explores the effects of English Medium Instruction (EMI) on undergraduate students’ learning of Chemistry in Japan. In his research, Ikuya undertook a direct comparison between students studying introductory Chemistry in an EMI course and those studying the same curriculum in a Japanese medium instruction course. An analysis was undertaken of students’ learning outcomes measured by pre-post course content tests. These measurable test differences were triangulated with student and teacher interviews, in addition to lecture observations, in order to identify further differences in their perceived content learning experience.

Alongside his DPhil study, Ikuya also works part-time as a research assistant at the English Medium Instruction Research Group and a tutor for the Critical Reading Workshop on MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (MSc ALSLA).

Book Chapters
  • Aizawa, I. & McKinley, J. (2020). EMI challenges in Japan’s internationalisation of higher education. In Bowles, H. & Murphy, A. (Eds.), English medium instruction and the internationalisation of universities. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Aizawa, I., Thompson, G., & Curle, S. (2022). Success Stories from English-Medium Instruction Undergraduate Students in Japan: Student Perceptions of Challenge and Benefit. In McKinley, J. & Galloway, N. (Eds.), English Medium Instruction Practices in Higher Education: International perspectives. Bloomsbury, contracted and in progress.
Journal Articles
  • Aizawa, I. & Rose, H. (2020). High school to university transitional challenges in English Medium Instruction in Japan. System.
  • Aizawa, I., Rose, H., Thompson, G., & Curle, S. (2020). Beyond the threshold: Exploring English language proficiency, linguistic challenges, and academic language skills of Japanese students in an English Medium Instruction programme. Language Teaching Research.
  • Aizawa, I., & Rose, H. (2019). An analysis of Japan’s English as medium of instruction initiatives within higher education: the gap between meso-level policy and micro-level practice. Higher Education, 77, 1125–1142.
  • Thompson, G., Aizawa, I., Curle, S., & Rose, H. (2019). Exploring the role of self-efficacy beliefs and learner success in English Medium Instruction. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.
  • Rose, H., Curle, S., Aizawa, I., & Thompson, G. (2019). What drives success in English medium taught courses? The interplay between language proficiency, academic skills, and motivation. Studies in Higher Education, 1-13.


Content Learning in Japanese and English Medium Instruction: Comparing Chemistry Learning Outcomes in Japanese Higher Education

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