Graduate School Department /Course /Field Human Coexistence/Foreign Language Acquisition and Education/Foreign Language Acquisition and Education
Undergraduate School Division of Cognitive and Information Sciences
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Email fujita.itoko.7c(at mark)kyoto-u.ac.jp
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Research areas English language education in graduate programs, cross-cultural communication, international (foreign) students issues.
Keywords English language education, graduate education, English language education in graduate programs, cross-cultural communication, international (foreign) students advising.
Themes My research addresses the English language education at advanced levels, particularly in graduate education. The main goal of my research is to investigate effective methods for the English language education in Japanユs graduate programs. I have developed a special course to help facilitate effective learning of the English language in the context of studentsユ research and special projects. Emphasis is placed on the ability to present and discuss their research/work in English in a real world-like situation. Promoting advanced English proficiency nationwide requires involving different sectors and resources. My research therefore includes conceptual planning of a national institute for advanced English education.
Major publications I. Fujita, 'Student-Centered English Programs,' Journal for Research Institute for Foreign Language Education, Kyoto Tachibana Women's University, Vol. 6 (1998), pp. 93-101.
I. Fujita, 'Why Do Teachers Grade?,' Journal for Research Institute for Foreign Language Education, Kyoto Tachibana Women's University, Vol. 7 (1999), pp. 1-6.
I. Fujita, 'English Language Education in Graduate Programs---A Key Strategy in the Era of Globalization,' JACET Bulletin, No. 35, (2002), pp. 57-62.
I. Fujita, L. Griek, 'Japanese Higher Education: Recent developments and challenges of globalisation,' EAIE FORUM Magazine, Winter 2011, (2012), pp. 18-20.
Professional societies/Research and synergic activities The Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET)
The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
The Japan Network for International Education (JAFSA)
The Council of International Student Advisors of National Universities (COISAN)
The European Association for Internatinal Education (EAIE)

Teaching Areas
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Graduate courses (Master's program) Cross-cultural Studies through English (I) 1
    Cross-cultural Studies through English (I) 2
  • Graduate courses (Doctor's program) Cross-cultural Studies through English (II) 1
    Cross-cultural Studies through English (II) 2
  • Undergraduate courses open to all departments
Background 1976 BA (Western history), Department of Letters, Kyoto University.
1977 MA (US history), Department of Humanities and Social Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
1978-1987 IBM Japan.
1986-1999 Director, Universal Consulting Network, Co. Ltd.
1987-1999 Part-time lecturer at language schools, two-year and four-year colleges and universities.
Summer 1996 Visiting researcher, History Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Summer 1997 Visiting researcher, History Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Summer 1998 Visiting researcher, History Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
1999-present Lecturer, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University.

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