Britto Francis

Britto Francis

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Britto Francis
B.Sc Math(University of Madras), B.A. Philosophy(Jnana Deepa Vidyapeet), M.S. Linguistics(Georgetown University), S.T.L. Theology(Sophia University), M.A.Theology(Sophia University), Ph.D.Linguistics(Georgetown University)
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1975~1977 Sophia University Lecturer; Dorm Warden
1979 Summer, Visiting LecturerSogang University, Seoul, Korea
1986 ~ 1992 Sophia University Lecturer
1992 ~ 2000 Sophia University Associate Professor
1990 Mar. ~ 1991 Apr. Colegio Belarmino, Salamanca Spanish + Spirituality
1997 Apr. ~ 1997 May, Milltown Park, Dublin, Ireland (Religious Studies)
1997 May ~ 1997 Oct., Campion Hall, Oxford University, UK, Theology & Linguistics (Research Scholar)
1997 Oct. ~ 1998 Mar. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. USA Linguistics (Research Scholar)
2004 Sep. ~ 2005 Jan. Georgetown University, D.C., Researcher
2005 Feb. ~ 2005 Sep. Sydney University, NSW Australia Linguistics (Research Scholar)
2010 Aug 10 ~ 2010 Sep 10 University of Tarapaca, Arica, Chile, Dept. of English (Research Scholar)
2011 May 25 ~ July 15 Loyola College, Chennai (Madras University), India Research on English & Robert De Nobili
2011 August 9 ~ 2012 Feb 2, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA USA Research on Sociolinguistics and Religions
2012 Feb 3 ~ 2012 March 7, Santa Clara University, School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, & University of California, Berkeley USA, Research on Sociolinguistics and Religions.

Academic & Professional Experience

Professor, Sophia University Faculty of Foreign Studies, Department of English Studies


Jun 1982
Dec 1985
Linguistics, Georgetown University

Published Papers

Gandhi a Racist?
The Journal of Sophia Asian Studies   29 55-73   Apr 2011
Among the accusations against Mahatma Gandhi that he was a racist is perhaps the most shocking, given that he is generally known for his efforts to eliminate discriminations based on differences. This article examines the veracity of the accusati...
Are we all Hindus now?
The Japan Mission Journal   64(1(Spring)) 21-31   Apr 2010
A paper examining the statement "We are all Hindus now" made by the Religion Editor Lisa Miller in _Newsweek_. The paper presents various changes that have occurred in Christianity in recent times and the circumstances that have led to the rise of...
Teaching Writing in a Technological Age
Bulletin of the Faculty of Foreign Studies   44 1-30   Apr 2009
This article deals with the advantages of teaching a composition course in a computer class room, where each student has a personal computer, with adequate software and Internet connection. Based on his experiences of teaching composition in a co...
The God of Pi
The Japan Mission Journal   62(2) 136-142   Jul 2008
Indian Studies
150-171   2007


Email Netiquette (3rd ed.).
Tokyo: Sophia University Computing Center.   20   2006
WWW: Webpages with Word.
Tokyo: Sophia University Computing Center.   150   Jan 2002
Unix Email Using MH.
Tokyo: Sophia University Computing Center.   120   1998
Testdriving On the Internet Highway: A Basic Guide for Scholars in Humanities.
Tokyo: Sophia University Computer Center.   300   1996
Making Exams: A Resource Book for Exam Makers.
Tokyo: Sophia University Department of English.   100   1995

Books etc

CALL: Using Digital Technology for Learning English
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新・地域研究のすすめ・英語学科編 上智大学外国語学部英語学科   2007   
『Encyclopedia of language & linguistics 2nd ed』 「Annadurai Conjeevaram (1909–1969) . Bhandarkar, Ramakrishna Gopal, Sir (1837–1925) . Iyer, L. Vishwanatha Ramaswami (1895–1948) . Katre, Sumitra Mangesh (1906–1998) . Zvelebil, Kamil V. (b. 1927)」
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Elsevier   2006   ISBN:0080442994
『Gender and the language of religion』「The Gender of God: Judeo-Christian Feminist Debates」
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Palgrave Macmillan   2005   ISBN:1403948623
『Handbook of an international symposium on learner corpora in Asia』「A Quick and Dirty Way to Make an Error Corpus」
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Showa Woman’s University, Tokyo.   Mar 2004   
Collecting Errors with Word. In P.Lewis, C.Imai, & K. Kitao (Eds.), Local Decisions, Global Effects: The Proceedings of JALTCALL 2002
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Nagoya: The JALTCALL SIG.   2003   

Conference Activities & Talks

Are we all Hindus now?
Public lecture at the College of the Holy Cross   15 Nov 2011   The Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester
On the penetration of India-related beliefs and practices in American society, and what it means to belong exclusively to a religion. Also with remarks about the Hinduism of today.
Discriminating items in once-only tests and what they may point to.
First (ICLTA) International Conference on Language Testing and Assessment   3 Jun 2011   Based on the analysis of several EFL examination results, given to several thousand Japanese, the author tries to extract lessons that may be useful to a test constructor or the item writer.
Assessment Potential of the LMS Moodle
First (ICLTA) International Conference on Language Testing and Assessment   3 Jun 2011   University of Cyprus and the Language Centre, Cyprus University of Technology; Cyprus
On the capabilities and advantages of the free Learning Management Software MOODLE for conducting tests of various types and analyzing results. How the software can function not only as a testing, but also as a learning, tool.
Opportunities for Indians to Study at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
Japan Education Fair   30 Jan 2011   [Japanese 'Global 30' Universities] Taj Vivanta Hotel, Bengalore, India
Presenting a brief history of Sophia University and the attractive features of Japan, the author tried to show how Indian students can benefit by studying in Japan, especially at Sophia, known for its international dimension.
"Teaching English with Technology." Workshop.
XI Congreso Internacional de Profesores de Ingles: 'Teaching and Learning English in the 21st Century: The First Ten Years.'   14 Aug 2010   University of Tarapaca, Arica, Chile.
Despite the great advances in technology, teachers still remain stuck in their out-dated modes of teaching. This workshop offered various concrete CALL tips to participants.