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If you are interested in pursuing research in the field of foreign language education, please consider joining our lab! We are a growing group of researchers investigating a wide-range of topics from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Take a look at the following websites and contact me (A/Prof. Yosuke Sasao) if you are interested in working with us.

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Research areas Foreign Language Education, Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics
Keywords vocabulary acquisition, language assessment, pedagogical grammar, English for Academic Purposes
Major publications Selected recent publications

Sasao, Y, Webb, S. (2020). The guessing from context test. In S. Webb (Ed.) Approaches to Teaching, Learning, Testing, Researching L2 Vocabulary. (pp. 117-142). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Sasao, Y. (2020). Measuring the ability to learn words. In S. Webb (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Vocabulary Studies. (pp. 419-432). London: Routledge.

Sasao, Y. (2019). Vocabulary teaching: A systemic perspective. In A. Tajino (Ed.), A Systems Approach to Language Pedagogy. (pp. 39-47). Singapore: Springer.

Mizumoto, A, Sasao, Y, Webb, S. A. (2019). Developing and evaluating a computerized adaptive testing version of the Word Part Levels Test. Language Testing, 36, 1, 101-123

Sasao, Y, Webb, S. (2018). The guessing from context test. ITL – International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 169, 1, 114-140

Sasao, Y. (2018). MAP grammar and vocabulary. In A. Tajino (Ed.), A new approach to English pedagogical grammar: The order of meanings (pp.128-136). Oxford: Routledge

Webb, S, Sasao, Y, Ballance, O. (2017). The updated Vocabulary Levels Test: Developing and validating two new forms of the VLT. ITL – International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 168, 1, 33-69

Yosuke Sasao, Stuart Webb. (2017). The Word Part Levels Test. Language Teaching Research, 21, 1, 12-30
Professional societies/Research and synergic activities
Teaching Areas
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Graduate courses (Master's program)
  • Graduate courses (Doctor's program)
  • Undergraduate courses open to all departments
Background B.A.: Kyoto University (Faculty of Integrated Human Studies)
M.A.: Kyoto University (Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies)
Ph.D.: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies)

Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics

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