【主な研究課題/Main Fields of Reseach】
• Intercultural communication • Sociolinguistics (e.g., world Englishes)
• Social psychology of language • Cross-cultural pragmatics (e.g., politeness)
• L2 motivation • L2 identity
• Strategies of oral communication and conversation
• Connections between all of the above and English education.
【趣味＆一言/Hobbies and Interests】
My interests in intercultural communication are personal as well as professional, due to my intercultural experiences while living in various places, such as England (my birthplace), Colombia, Spain, Scotland, Okinawa and Niigata, and learning about the varieties of language and culture in each of these places. I found learning to communicate in Spanish especially rewarding while living in Colombia and Spain, and I am now constantly striving to improve my Japanese language skills.
As for other cultural pursuits, I enjoy reading novels and poems, visiting art galleries and going to the theatre, opera and ballet. In fact, I majored in music at my first university (Edinburgh, Scotland), and I used to play the cello in various orchestras and small groups and used the piano for composition. I also learned to play a few songs on the Okinawan sanshin when I was an ALT in Okinawa. Although I have no time to play these instruments these days, I still listen to a wide range of classical, jazz, rock and Latin American music, as well as music from various other parts of the world.
Although I am not a sporty type, I also find pleasure in getting healthy exercise and fresh air through walking, running, swimming and skiing. I love almost all Japanese cuisine (especially sushi, soba and tempura, and even natto!) as well as Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian, Spanish and Mexican food.