Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 17

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Satoru Yokoyama

Institution: Saitama University

Address: Shimo-Okubo 255, Sakura-ku

Postal Code: 338-8570

Country: Japan

Satoru Yokoyama is the professor and director, the Center for English Education and Development, Saitama University.

He graduated in learning sciences from Tohoku University in 2007. At this time, he received the president award of Tohoku University.

From 2007 to 2014 he has worked as the assistant professor in Institute of Development, Aging, and Cancer, Tohoku University for the project of neuro-linguistic and psycho-linguistic studies of language learning and for the teaching undergraduates and graduates. In 2009, he received the young researcher award from the Institute of Development, Aging, and Cancer, Tohoku University.

From 2014 to 2020, he has worked in Chiba Institute of Science, and has been engaging the research of higher education, distance learning/e-learning and foreign language teaching as well as undergraduate education.

From 2020 to the present, he is working as the director/professor of the Center of English Education and Development, Saitama University.

He is an expert in neuro-linguistic and psycho-linguistic experimental studies. For over ten years he has been conducting several experiments based on neuroimaging and experimental psychological techniques.

Some of his recent publications include: (2017). Neural correlates of bilingual language control during interlingual homograph processing in a logogram writing system. Brain and Language 174: 72-85; (2017). Faster L2 sentence reading times, better L2 listening proficiency: a preliminary study of automaticity in L2 sentence processing. University Bulletin of Chiba Institute of Science 10, 1-6; (2016). A smart method to become bilingual in a foreign language learning situation: Recent development of an application of testing effect to foreign language learning. Ed. Carroll E. Wilson, Bilingualism: Cultural Influences, Global Perspectives and Advantages/Disadvantages, 59-72; (2016). How does extensive reading affect L2 proficiency? : A review of recent studies on extensive reading effects on reading and listening ability in EFL settings. Ed. Carroll E. Wilson, Bilingualism: Cultural Influences, Global Perspectives and Advantages/Disadvantages, 197-204; (2015). Sonority-related markedness drives the misperception of unattested onset clusters in French listeners. L'Année psychologique, 115: 1-26; (2014). Animacy or case marker order?: priority information for online sentence comprehension in a head-final language. PloS one 9, e93109; (2014). Neural differences in processing of case particles in Japanese: an fMRI study. Brain and behavior 4(2): 180-186.

Areas of expertise: foreign language learning, higher education, cognitive neuroscience, learning science, psycho-linguistics, neuro-linguistics, distance learning, e-learning, learning motivation.

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