Yoshida Kensaku

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Yoshida Kensaku
Sophia University
Sophia University
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Sophia University
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Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2003
Mar 2005
Director of the Linguistic Institute for International Communication, Sophia University
Apr 2005
Mar 2007
Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University
Apr 2007
Mar 2009
Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University
Apr 2012
Mar 2013
Sophia University

Awards & Honors

Oct 2013
Best of JALT Award, Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT)
Winner: Kensaku Yoshida
Oct 2005
Best of JALT Award, JALT
Jul 2001
Ambassador's Award, Anaheim University

Published Papers

The Fish Bowl and Open Seas Models Revisited : The Role of International English
124 29-38   Mar 2016   [Invited]
Reconsidering Japan's English Education Based on the Principles of Plurilingualism
Kensaku Yoshida
Selected Papers from the Twenty-second International Symposium on English Teaching   121-129   Nov 2013   [Invited]
Issues in Transition of English Education from Elementary Schools to Secondary Schools
Primary School English-Language Education in Asia   23-37   Sep 2012
Factors to Improve English Language Education in Japan (Corpus Linguistics)
Sophia linguistica : working papers in linguistics   (57) 371-376   2009
The meaning of elementary school English activities
ARCLE review   (3) 6-13   Mar 2009


The new course of study and the possibilities for change in Japan's English education
387-400   Oct 2009
Fish Bowl, Open Seas and the Teaching of English in Japan
Baker (ed) Language Policy: Lessons from Global Models, Monterey: Monterey Institute   194-205   Mar 2002
The need for a qualitative change in the teaching of English in Japan in the 21st century
Penetrating discourse : integrating theory with practice in second language teaching   159-172   Apr 2001
Knowing vs behaving vs feeling: studies on Japanese bilinguals
Language proficiency : defining, teaching, and testing   19-40   Apr 1990
The influence of the lexicon and semantic content in the perception of English phonemes
Felix Lobo, Kensaku Yoshida
Scientific and humanistic dimensions of language : Festschrift for Robert Lado on the occasion of his 70th birthday on May 31, 1985   433-446   Apr 1985

Books etc

Junior Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary
Yoshida Kensaku (Part:Editor)
Feb 2014   ISBN:978-4-09-510757-8
Junior Progeressive English-Japanese Dictionary
Yoshida Kensaku (Part:Editor)
Feb 2014   ISBN:978-4-09-510707-3
Classroom English you can use
Yoshida Kensaku (Part:Joint Translation)
Sanshusha   Jun 2013   ISBN:978-4-384-05727-0
Classroom English you can use
Yoshida Kensaku (Part:Supervisor)
SANSHUSHA Publishing   Oct 2011   ISBN:9784384056099
Basic progressive English dictionary
Yoshida Kensaku (Part:Editor)
Shogakukan   Oct 2010   ISBN:978-4-09-510604-5

Conference Activities & Talks

What does it mean to 'know' a language? [Invited]
Kensaku Yoshida
TEDxOtemachi   15 Sep 2019   TEDxOtemachi
English Education in the Reiwa Era--Going Beyond the Global Age [Invited]
Kensaku Yoshida
24 Aug 2019   
English Education Policy [Invited]
Kensaku Yoshida
Teacher Re-licensing Seminar   21 Aug 2019   
New Directions in Japan's English Education [Invited]
Kensaku Yoshida
29 Jul 2019   
Issues in English Education [Invited]
Kensaku Yoshida
PanSIG 2019   19 May 2019   PanSIG

Research Grants & Projects

Development of English test to certify international flight pilots' proficiency in English
Project Year: 2005 - 2006    Investigator(s): Kensaku Yoshida (Sophia University)
Development of model of English test to certify English proficiency, which will be required from 2008, of international flight pilots
A Survey on English Education at High Schools in East Asian Countries
Project Year: 2003 - 2005    Investigator(s): Kensaku Yoshida
Similarities and differences among Japanese, Korean and Chinese high school students in terms of English ability (objective test and subjective reports) was shown. Differences in teaching among English teachers in the three countries also became...
Research on the Level of English Required by Junior and Senior High School Students
Project Year: 2002 - 2004    Investigator(s): Kensaku Yoshida
Through analyses of both teacher and students factors and their correlations, the study revealed to a great extent the present state of English education in Japan.