Faculty and Researchers

General Education Division

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the General Education Division.
Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2019 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2020 academic year.

Shigemitsu ISHII

Position
Professor

I am in charge of English seminars and academic readings. My field of specialization is the study of the novels of Laurence Sterne, an 18th-century British writer. Let’s live a cultured, fulfilling life by reading the classics of Japanese and foreign literature.

Kei MIHARA

Position
Professor
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics

The main focus of my research is the methods of effective learning, especially vocabulary acquisition and listening/reading skills. English is by far the most useful and important language as a common means of communication for people across the globe. Let’s learn English and enjoy communication.

Miwa UHARA

Position
Associate Professor
19th-Century English Literature and Culture

With an interest in the English language, as well as British society, culture, and history, I study the English literature of the 19th century. Through the literary works of the Victorian Era, regarded as the period during which Great Britain was at its most prosperous, we can come to know and learn about many things.

Peter GRANT

Position
Associate Professor
Teaching English through Songs

In this class, we concentrate on four skills, among them reading comprehension and conversation. We make full use of extensive reading materials, while also providing numerous opportunities to use English. I have been studying the use of music in the classroom, but I now have an interest in making effective use of extensive reading.

Eiji KOUNO

Position
Associate Professor
Literature and Thought of Germany and Austria                                    

Building on the relationship between words and performance, we study the true value of literature as manifested in an era of social media and e-books.

Kaori KOFUKU

Position
Associate Professor
Chinese Classical Literature, Literary Theory, Literary History

I am in charge of the Comprehensive Chinese 1–4 courses, and the certificate exam preparatory classes for the Kinki University Language Institute (KULI). Japanese students will likely feel at ease since written Chinese is represented using familiar kanji characters. From there, we proceed with instruction centered on pronunciation. Learn to speak beautiful Chinese that sounds like music! My specialty is literary theory of classical Chinese.

Yasuto SAWA

Position
Associate Professor
Translation Studies, Stylistics

By comparing Japanese and English translations, we study how humans think, as well as ideas and culture rooted in words. In classes, we pursue techniques and methodologies to create written text with accurate expressions and appropriate concepts for each language.

Masako TERUI

Position
Associate Professor
English for Specific Purposes (ESP), English for Science and Engineering, Applied Linguistics

We take a linguistic point of view to analyze the types and features of English communication required in specialized fields. We make full use of the expertise of science and engineering students while suggesting learning methods and putting them into practice to efficiently expand their English ability. Let’s all give it our best effort together!

George TRUSCOTT

Position
Associate Professor
Extensive Reading, Vocabulary Acquisition

I coach students how to learn English. Modern students need to be exposed to practical English using the Internet, etc., to full advantage. To this end, we are involved in research on how to make the most of IT in learning.

Jongkyun MOK

Position
Associate Professor
Linguistics, Japanese Korean contrastive linguistics

Verbs express motion and action, and change form as they become the predicates for various clauses. Among them, we give thought to ways of expressing “action” that continues to occur and evolve in the flow of time.

Satoshi YOSHIDA

Position
Lecturer