I'm an associate professor of international communications, in the Department of Communications, International Studies and English Communication program, of Ritsumeikan University, in Kyoto, Japan.
Given the importance of motivation for learning a foreign language, the relationship of cultural and linguistic identity play important roles in increasing and maintaining the desire to communicate in a foreign language. My recent on-going research is a government-funded joint project concerning the possible effect of different study abroad contexts on L2 possible selves, L2 confidence, and intercultural communication competence.
As a speaker of Japanese as a second language, and as a father of two bilingual children in Japan, I'm also personally interested in discovering more about language motivation, identity, and communication. In the future, I hope to engage in studies about possible selves, motivations for learning and maintaining a second language, and intercultural communication competence among Asian speakers of English.
This web site describes some of the courses I currently teach, and gives lists of my publications and presentations. I have provided a few links to PDFs where possible; please check my Slideshare and LinkedIn pages for more details.