Kazuya Saito PhD

Introducing the latest SLA, psycholinguistic and educaiton research


PhD Projects
Yui Suzukida (in progress, University College London)
  • The roles of cognitive and socio-psychological individual differences in the effectiveness of explicit phonetic instruction in second language pronunciation development
    • Published in Studies in Second Language Acquisition 2018
    • Awarded Language Learning Dissertation Grant 2018
    • Presented at EuroSLA 2017, EuroSLA 2018
Meltem Ilkan (in progress, taken over by Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele Birkbeck, University of London)
  • A longitudinal study of L2 pronunciation and cognition development of NNESTs during teacher education: The role of self-perceived pronunciation improvement and confidence development
    • Published in Applied Psycholinguistics 2018
    • Presented at EuroSLA 2017, BAAL 2018
Tran Ngoc Mai (2018) Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Scrutinizing the effects of the 4/3/2 activity: Roles of repetition, increasing time pressure and accuracy enhancement
    • Published in Applied Psycholinguistics 2018
    • Presented at EuroSLA 2017
Hui Sun (2018)
  • Cognitive and socio-psychological individual differences, types of experience, and naturalistic second language speech learning: A longitudinal study
    • Published in Studies in Second Language Acquisition 2018, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 2018
    • Awarded Language Learning Dissertation Grant 2017
    • Presented at EuroSLA 2016, BAAL 2016, L-SLARF 2017, & AAAL 2017, EuroSLA 2018
Yukie Saito (2016, PhD Independent Research, Temple University, Japan Campus)
  • Effects of suprasegmental-based instruction on second language comprehensibility in meaning-oriented classrooms
Keiko Hanzawa (2015, PhD Training, Waseda University)
  • Developing second language oral ability in foreign language classrooms: The role of the length and focus of instruction and individual differences

Integrated PhD Projects
Maliha Sherwani (2018, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Effectiveness of classroom instruction vs. computer/mobile assisted pronunciation instruction: A meta-analysis
Mohammad Alharby (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Measuring awareness about technical vocabulary learning strategies for Saudi students in an ESL setting
Nada Alsheehri (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Assessing receptive and productive vocabulary to Saudi learners of English
Najd Alsodairi (2016, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Oral corrective feedback: The mismatch between teachers’ and students’ attitudes

MA Projects
Issaiyanee Pillay (2018, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Incidental ‘language’ acquisition – exploring Mauritian’s acquisition of Hindi through prolonged media exposure
Simona de Camillis (2018, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Investigating the influence of the first language on second language acquisition in adult learners: the case of European immigrants in the United Kingdom
Tuana Yıldız (2018, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Investigating the mediating variables for second language learners’ pronunciation proficiency in English in study abroad contexts
Qi Dai (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Effect of explicit phonetic instruction on L2 pronunciation: Distinguishing long and short vowel /i:/ and /i/ in the case of Chinese learner of English
Sawsan Askoul (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Inspecting the role of first language influence, length of residence & age of acquisition on the pronunciation of the English [p] by late Arab bilinguals
Xijia Liu (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Task-based instruction in L2 vocabulary learning—A comparative study with intentional instruction
Rocco Pirrotta (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • The function of length of residence factor influencing pronounce proficiency level of L2 italian learners of English
Luis Hernandez (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • The role of video-based interaction in the acquisition of second language Spanish
Sameera Ansari (2016, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Valuing two-way communicative feedback: Students are rightly guided through a two way process to improve English writing skills
Yui Suzukida (2016, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • An investigation of linguistic features that correlate with IELTS speaking raters’ discrimination between beginner, intermediate and advanced candidates: The case of college-level Japanese learners
Pauline Sithole (2016, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Investigating and evaluating how the CEFR’s Can-do statements are being used in a London based, adult, ESL educational setting
Diego Mattiolo (2016, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Mobile Assisted Language Learning: the use of Ipads in the language learning classroom to improve vocabulary retention and increase learners' autonomy
Reginald Gooch (2015, co-supervision with Dr. Roy Lyster, McGill University)
  • Teaching English /r/ to Korean adult EFL learners: The role of corrective feedback type in phonological FFI

BA Projects
Ani Meehan (2018, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Investigating the effects of using CALL software versus manual flashcards when learning Japanese Kanji as beginner level Japanese language learners
Abdulrahman Roble (2018, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • The potential theoretical explanation for code-switching in the Somali community
Michelle Urban (2018, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • A synthesis of pronunciation teaching research
Masha Amal (2018, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Using MALL in second language pronunciation teaching
Ash Xiao (2018, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • The role of musical aptitude in second language speech learning
Amar Iqbal (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Reviewing age effects on early and adult second language acquisition
Caroline Nascimento (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Effects of media on second language acquisition
Ismaeel Mascall (2017, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • English-as-a-Foreign-Language classrooms in Saudi Arabia
Kat Korson (2016, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Examining foreign language teaching methods for adult L2 Spanish learners: A classroom observation study
Cliff Badmos (2016, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Lexical profiles of second language learners’ oral production
Shaun Tull (2016, Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Effects of instruction on beginner second language learners of Japanese
Takumi Uchihara (2015, Research Training, Waseda University)
  • Exploring the relationship between productive vocabulary knowledge and second language oral ability

Areas of Research Supervision and Training
  1. Second language acquisition
  2. Second and foreign language teaching
  3. Second language speech (pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary, grammar) learning
  4. Effects of instruction (corrective feedback; task; input; output; interaction)
  5. Age and experience effects on second language acquisition
  6. Aptitude and motivation in second language acquisition
  7. Second language assessment and testing
  8. Second language speech perception and production
  9. Pronunciation teaching
  10. Fluency training
  11. Listening teaching
  12. Vocabulary teaching

My Public Lecture on SLA at UCL Institute of Education (May 2016)

My Public Lecture on SLA at Birkbeck (December 2015)