My research comes within the fields of second language acquisition and second/foreign language education. In particular, I am interested in the psychology of foreign language learning. This is a growing field of study, which investigates questions of why some individuals learn languages at a different pace and to a different level to others. Research in this area looks at a range of individual characteristics, such as personality, aptitude, beliefs and considers how these can shape approaches to learning a foreign language. It is a highly practical field, attracting considerable attention and interest from experienced teachers who are looking to develop a better understanding of their own classrooms and teaching. Other current research projects include an investigation of the role of the arts in language education, a study of lifelong language learners, and research into the applications of Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) within the Japanese educational context.
Stephen RYAN （教授）