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Tohoku University
Institute for Excellence in Higher Education Division of Developmental Research in Education Programs Section of Culture and Language
Job title
PhD in international cultural studies (linguistics)(Tohoku University)

Research Areas


Committee Memberships

Oct 2016
Nov 2016
Communication quarterly  Invited peer reviewer
Jun 2016
International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication  Conference chair
Nov 2012
Mar 2013
JALT Pragmatics SIG  Peer reviewer

Awards & Honors

Nov 2013
Award for outstanding research, University president award, Aomori University of Health and Welfare, 青森保健大学
Winner: 学長賞受賞 研究部門

Published Papers

The balanced bilingual child: Is it akin to the quest for the holy grail?
Barry Kavanagh
Center for culture and language education, Tohoku university annual report   (2) 25-27   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
Does having an older sibling support or hinder the development of bilingualism in younger siblings? : A case study of British and Japanese families
Barry Kavanagh
Journal of International Cultural Studies.   23 211-226   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
Barry Kavanagh
The Japanese Society for Language Sciences 18th Annual International Conference.   18 214-216   Jun 2016   [Refereed]
Native speakerism and English language education in Japan
Barry Kavanagh
Journal of the Institute for Excellence in Higher Education   2    Jun 2016   [Refereed]
Building for a better TOEFL future
Barry Kavanagh
Took University TOEFL ITP test report      Apr 2016   [Invited]

Conference Activities & Talks

A contrastive analysis of bicultural children’s identity and bilingual development within the UK and Japan
1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIOLINGUISTICS Insights from Superdiversity, Complexity and Multimodality.Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.   6 Sep 2016   
A Cross-Linguistic Study Of Object Classification and Perception within Bicultural Bilingual Children Living in the UK and Japan
The 7th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication INPRA. University of Split (Croatia)   10 Jun 2016   
The Japanese Society for Language Sciences 18th Annual International Conference.   4 Jun 2016   
Sociolinguistic factors that influence the bringing up of biracial bilingual child in England and Japan
1st Bristol Postgraduate Conference on Language and Society Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol. 4th March 2016.   4 Mar 2016   
第26回第二言語習得研究会(JASLA)全国大会2015年12月19日—20日 東北大学(川内キャンパス)   19 Dec 2015   

Research Grants & Projects

Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, bilingualism
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2014 - Today

Social Contribution

Teacher interviews and cultural exchange / talk on Japanese culture (UK primary school)
[Others]  20 Feb 2017
Teacher interviews regarding Japanese / UK education and cultural exchange with students
Team teaching / professional teacher exchange (UK primary school)
[Others]  10 Feb 2017
Team teaching /teacher interviews
International collaboration through content and language integrated learning. Yamagata University.
[Others]  24 Sep 2016
This presentation gives an account of a Karate and culture course carried out at Tohoku University that was created for English native speaking foreign exchange students and advanced level Japanese English language learners.
Took University Open Campus English language demo lesson
[Others]  29 Jul 2015
Demonstration of English language lesson at Tohoku University.
2014年8月 第19回ケア付きねぶた”じょっぱり隊”
[Others]  Aug 2014


Apr 2015   Nutrition, children's lifestyles, smoking
Examination of the relationship between smoking mothers and their children's lifestyle