seisenuniversity

  • Japanese
  • Español
  • TextSize
  • -
  • +

トップ >  Home >  Academics >  Undergraduate Studies > English Language and Literature

Department of English Language and Literature

About the department

The Department of English Language and Literature offers a balanced curriculum of classes in English language skills and specialized courses in linguistics, literature, education, culture, and translation. Class sizes are small and student-faculty relationships are friendly. Some classes are taught in English by native speakers.

英語英文学科ベイン先生授業

A variety of special activities and events help to strengthen students’ practical English language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. These include drama and musical productions in English, public speaking and dictation contests, a “reading marathon” program, and opportunities to hear special lectures by visiting artists and scholars. Overseas intensive English language study programs are offered at universities in England, Canada, and Australia during the spring and summer breaks.

Offerings in linguistics include courses in phonetics, sociolinguistics, morphology, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and the history of English.

Literature courses cover a range of British, American, and children’s English literature. A course on environmental literature is also offered.
Courses are offered in teaching English as a foreign language at Japanese secondary schools.

Intercultural communications classes help students to understand culture, intercultural relationships, and communication.

Translation courses help to deepen students’ understanding of both the English and Japanese languages, as well as their appreciation of literature.

英語英文学科アレン先生授業

Juniors and seniors in the undergraduate program participate in small seminar groups, leading to the writing of a graduation report or a longer thesis, in either Japanese or English, under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Faculty

ブルース・アレン教授

Bruce Allen
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
Translation theory, Comparative literature, Environmental literature

Translation theory, translation. Especially works by Michiko Ishimure. Research on history and theory of environmental literature and nature writing.

大井恭子教授

Kyoko Oi
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
English Education, Applied Linguistics, Critical thinking

Among applied linguistics, I am aiming to construct English writing education as a foreign language from the perspective of cognitive and cultural background, especially with respect to acquisition of writing ability. In terms of English language education, I aim to study the mechanism of the English acquisition process and build effective teaching methods for nurturing English communication skills based on it.

斉藤悦子准教授

Etsuko Saito
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
American literature

My research area is mainly 19th century American Literature and Thought. I am particularly interested in the early “self image” of the Republic, and how it gradually turned to form a collection of unique myths through cultural rhetoric around the time of the Gilded Age and onward.  Some writers discussed are Twain, Alcott, DH Lawrence and Paul Auster.

笹田裕子准教授

Hiroko Sasada
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
Children’s literature in English-speaking countries and fantasy literature

I specialise in children’s literature in English-speaking countries. Specifically, I focus on fantasy literature for children, which includes fantasy works by Edith Nesbit, Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Philip Pullman, Roald Dahl, J. K. Rowling, and others. I have been studying portrayals of particular aspects of fantasy works, including personified animals, animated toys, imagined creatures, and gifted child protagonists, in order to explore the rhetoric of fantasy fiction that enables fantasists to depict other worlds. My other interests are in fairy tales, myths, film adaptations, picture books, and comics concerning fantasy.

鈴木卓准教授

Takashi Suzuki
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
Language education studies, Discourse analysis

My research interests are discourse analysis and its application to the teaching and learning of a second language. I mainly study discourse structure, conversation management devices and grammatical phenomena in English and Japanese spoken and written discourse.  I often compare English and Japanese in terms of these areas and consider how findings from such studies could help facilitate language learning and teaching.

田中典子教授

Noriko Tanaka
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
Pragmatics

I am doing research focusing on the pragmatic differences of speech acts in different cultures.  For example, we can study how English and Japanese speakers apologize or make requests differently in each culture, and the results will enable us to predict some possible problems the differences may cause when they communicate with each other.  Taking gender and generation differences as a kind of ‘cultural’ differences, I am also interested in communication differences between men and women, and in communication with elderly people.

和田桂子教授

Keiko Wada
Title 
Professor

Field of Specialization
English literature, Comparative literature

I am mainly conducting comparative research between English literature and modern Japanese literature.  It includes the study of the reception of James Joyce in Japan; the reception of Yone Noguchi in London; the experiences of the Japanese staying in foreign cities.  I am aiming for the comprehensive research of cross-cultural as well as literary fields of study.

米谷郁子准教授2

Ikuko Kometani
Title 
Associate Professor

Field of Specialization
English literature (theater)

My field of research is the early modern England theater including Shakespeare, based on contemporary political thoughts and historical context related to the representation of the royalty.  In addition, I am also conducting research on history of performance, history of adaptation, and critical theories including feminism and queer studies.

クリストファー・ベイン准教授

Kristofer Bayne
Title 
Associate Professor

Field of Specialization
Intercultural communication

One interest is intercultural communication.  Another is making teaching materials.  I am very interested in developing interesting ways to teach intercultural communication.

 

佐藤陽介先生

Yosuke Sato
Title 
Associate Professor

Field of Specialization
Syntactic theory, Morphology, English linguistics

Comparative syntax of argument ellipsis, studies on syntax-phonology interface, scope-intonation correspondence

TOP