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.