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Ph. D. (Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Social Sciences)
Office:Room 718
Office Hours:Tuesday & Thursday  15:30~17:00
Research Content:British and American Literature, English Language Education<Link to Research Map

Summary of the Research Undertaken

I have two fields of specialty: British and American Literature and English Language Education. I especially focus on the American female poet, Sylvia Plath and her husband, the British poet laureate, Ted Hughes, and study them from comparative cultural and gender points of view. I also focus on the teaching of English using music, videos, CLIL, and methods of Active Learning.

Research Themes

  • British and American Literature
  • English Pedagogy
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Global Competency Education
  • Gender Studies

Details of the Research

I research on Sylvia Plath with the methods of gender studies, studies of the relationship between time, history, and social issues, studies of popular culture, as well as comparative cultural studies of the UK and the USA in reference to her husband, the British poet, Ted Hughes. In addition, since she (had) lived in both the UK and the USA, I research on “communication” between her poets and their readers, and explore the sustainability of literature, in which the text of an unfortunate author who committed suicide can sustain a semi-permanent dialogic relationship with readers.

As for English pedagogy, I am researching how to improve English teaching skills and how to teach English effectively. It has become clear that teaching English grammar using music as a teaching material changes can improve students' attitude toward learning English as a whole. By incorporating the class contribution points into evaluation and grading, I was able to achieve interactive classes with my students and realize student-centered participatory classes, which led to a dramatic improvement of the students’ English skills. I conducted a joint research on curriculum management and published a paper on it in an international journal with my co-researcher.

I’ve been practicing CLL (Community Language Learning), an original and improved method of teaching, and have verified its effectiveness. I also research international understanding education, global competency education, Skype-aided communication classes, Active Learning, and CLIL. I (have) presented the results of the research on literature at conferences in Japan and overseas.

I also write (my original) poems and as a member of the Hiroshima Prefecture Poets' Society, I publish the poems every other year in its journal.

List of Papers

  • Various Women Depicted by Sylvia Plath: Her Gender Viewpoint through the Women in The Bell Jar(Studies in Comparative Culture No.141  2020)
  • Involving students in lesson study: a new perspective (International(Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies)
  • Real Face and False Masks of Sylvia Plath in The Letters of Sylvia Plath Vol. Ⅰ and Ⅱ: Exploring the Relationship between Inner Struggle and Poetry Writing (Studies in Comparative Culture No.136 2019)
  • The Viewpoints of Gender in Sylvia Plath's Poems of Deflection:The Correlation between the Female Body and Making Poems(Studies in Comparative Culture No.129  2017)
  • A Comparative Cultural Consideration between America and England on the Poems of Plath and Hughes: The Time When the Cross-Cultural Repression was Presented in Poems(Studies in Comparative Culture No. 128  2017)
  • The Poet and the Society in Sylvia Plath (Chu-Shikoku Studies in American Literature No.33 1997)

Books and Other Publications

  • 『シルヴィア・プラス―愛と名声の神話―』共著 思潮社2007
  • 『英語で行う授業改善ガイドブック第3版(2019年増補版)』共著 2020
  • 『広島県詩集』みもざ書房 29集  2014
  • 『広島県詩集』みもざ書房 30集  2016
  • 『広島県詩集』みもざ書房 31集  2018

Professional Qualifications

  • Junior High School Specialized Teacher’s Certificate (English)
  • High School Specialized Teacher’s Certificate (English)
  • TOEIC Score: 965
  • Master’s Degree (MA) (1996) Title of the thesis: Initiation to Self-realization: A Study of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Poetry
  • Doctor’s Degree (Ph.D.)(2000) Title of the thesis: A Study of Sylvia Plath: Creation of a Female Poet

Key Words of the Research

British and American Literature, Global Competency Education,  Intercultural Understanding, Education for International Understanding, English Language Education, Comparative Culture, Gender, Poetry

Related SDGs
  • 質の高い教育をみんなに
  • ジェンダー平等を実現しよう

Other Information

In January-February 2021, in a series of eight columns titled "Women's Lives in Literary Works" in the Chugoku Newspaper, I wrote about a wide range of women’s lives depicted in foreign literature from a gender perspective.
Public Lectures (from 2013 to 2019)