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Mineo Ikematsu

Affiliation Institute of Liberal Arts and Science
Title Professor
Fields of Research Engish Linguistics / English Education
Degree PhD in Engineering (Toyohashi University of Technology)
Academic Societies Japan Society of English Education / Kantokoshinetsu Association of Teachers of English
E-mail mineo.ikematsu@las
Please append ".tut.ac.jp" to the end of the address above.
Laboratory website URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mineo_Ikematsu
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Research

Our research focus is in inguistics. Here, we aim at proposing a simple, yet effective method for second/foreign language learning, and verifying some methods in behavioral psychology such as Autogenic Training with regard to helping improve learners' motivation towards language learning.

Theme1:A Simple English Education and Its Method

Overview
GTEC (English proficiency test) score vs. script-memorization class average (2-year tracking)

Various methods for language learning have been proposed, nevertheless there is currently no decisive one so far. A simple yet effective English teaching method is our focus because, in our view, any teaching methods have their positive aspects in improving learners proficiency and thing is to adopt as simple a method as possible in order to maintain learners motivation. Script-memorization, reading-aloud, and shadowing were chosen from a few in our research.
Through a class teaching using above simple methods to the 1st and 2nd year students at a national college of technology in Japan, we found that there were strong positive correlations between the reading score and script memorization, and the listening score and shadowing. Here we are planning to similarly approach students at our university of higher graders.
We are currently hoping to qualitatively assess the methods in focus through some brain imaging techniques such as optical topography and electroencephalography.

Selected publications and works

◆ Mineo Ikematsu
English Education in Colleges of Technology -On the effect of script-memorization and class-design-, Research Reports of Ibaraki National College of Technology, No. 27, 1-4 (2012).
◆ Mineo Ikematsu
English Education in Colleges of Technology(2) -On the effect of script-memorization, shadowing, and writing-instruction-, Research Reports of Ibaraki National College of Technology, No. 48, 1-4 (2013).
◆ Mineo Ikematsu
On English Education in Colleges of Technology in Japan -Present and Future-, 5th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE) 2011, 95-96 (2011).
◆ Mineo Ikematsu
English Education in Colleges of Technology in Japan -Class-Design and Its Results-, 6th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE) 2012, P061 (2012).
◆ Mineo Ikematsu
English Education in Colleges of Technology in Japan -Class-Design and Its Results (2)-, 7th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE) 2013, 25-27(2013).
◆ Mineo Ikematsu
Can Autosuggestion Improve English Proficiency of Japanese College Students?, 8th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE) 2014, 76 (2014).

Keywords

English teaching method, script-memorization, reading-aloud, shadowing, English proficiency test, Brain imaging

Theme2:Varification of Persistence of Language-Specific Cognitive System (LSC-System ) in Adults

Overview
LSC-system inhibiting factors possibly make LSC-system invisible

According to Felix, in the course of the first language (L1) acquisition, Language-Specific Cognitive (LSC)-system competes with Problem-Solving Cognitive system from around the termination of the critical period for language acquisition. However, such an idea has not necessarily been insisted to hold for the second language (L2) acquisition, and hence needs verification. If LSC-system remains working even in adults and merely looks disappeared due to some inhibiting factors, removing such factors should be able to lead to a drastic change in language learning methodology.
We have proposed some inhibiting factors and are currently focusing on Affective Filter suggested by Krashen and planning to verify how the removal of Affective Filter affects L2 acquisition through performance assessment of some English proficiency tests and brain imaging techniques such as optical topography (OT) and event-related potential (ERP).
The expecting results will no doubt be applicable to learning methods in general as well as our current focus: the second language acquisition.

Selected publications and works

◆ Mineo Ikematsu
On the working hypothesis of LSC(Language-Specific Cognitive)-System. Research Reports of Ibaraki National College of Technology, No.46, 11-16 (2011).

Keywords

Language Specific Cognitive (LSC)-system, Problem-Solving Cognitive (PSC)-system, Affective Filter, Brain imaging

Title of class

English Listening & Speaking (B103326k)/ English Reading & Writing (B1033034K, ℓ) / English for Science & Technology (B10330390) / Applied Linguistics (B1023358) / Applied Linguistics (M2033051)

Others (Awards, Committees, Board members)

(Qualification) Water Pollution Control Manager, First grade


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