Study at TCU


Name SATAKE Yukinobu
Official Title Professor
Affiliation Foreign Languages Education Center, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Profile I have been interested in how facilitating Japanese university students' autonomy affects their EFL learning. I wrote a thesis on this topic; specifically, how Japanese adult learners' atonomy improves or hinders their acquisition of English vocabulary and received a MPhil degree from University of Cambridge in 2009. After returning to Japan, I continued studying the relationship between autonomous learning and foreign language learning in the context of Japanese English education. In 2017, I wrote a doctoral dissertation on this topic and received a Ph.D. degree from University of Tokyo. In the doctoral dissertation project, I also clarified how a learner community affects community members' learning: that is, if they are supportive to each other, their autonomous learning can be facilitated, and vice versa.
My research interest is now how the use of machine translation can be applied to teaching English to Japanese adult learners. Since aritificial intelligence was incorporated in machine translation in the 2010s, its quality has been improved dramatically. English texts produced by ChatGPT, for example, are now almost like the ones produced by native speakers. This should have a huge impact on Japanese adult lerners' learning of EFL in positive or negative ways. I am now investigating whether there are any ways in which machine translation can be applied to English education in terms of the amount of blood flow in their brain. I am also interested in how to motivate Japanese university students to learn English. I have been studying how their motivation has been transformed as they graduate from high school and enter universities: that is, they originally studied English very hard because they wanted to enter their first-choice university, but once being allowed to enter, they suddenly stop studying it. I believe that one of the university English instructors' obligations is to help them find a new reason for studying English.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. second language acquisition

  2. autonomy

  3. a learner community

  4. machine translation

  5. motivation

Representative Papers
  1. Satake, Y. (2022). Second Language Acquisition and Machine Translation. Aoyama Life Shuppan.
  2. Satake, Y., & Suzuki, M. (2022). A study on the relationship between classroom factors which can enhance Japanese university students' motivation to study English and their transformation. Studies in English Linguistics and Literature, 32, 51-78.
  3. Satake, Y. (2021). The impact of Japanese university students' EFL writing class community on their peer review activities and learning of EFL writing. English Usage and Style, 38, 21-34.
  4. Satake, Y. (2019). Taiwanese and Japanese top university students and teachers express contrasting views about independent learning. In Y. Maruhashi, M. Hayashi, & M. Nishiyama (Eds.), Exploring globalisation from the perspective of comparative cultural studies (pp. 11-22). Eikosha.
  5. Satake, Y. (2018). The potential of utilizing machine translation in EFL Japanese university writing classes. In Y. Maruhashi, K. Yutani, & A. Sakamoto (Eds.), Collected Essays on Comparative Studies (pp. 24-34). Eikosha.
  6. Satake, Y. (2016). On the development of writers' awareness in essay writing: Using the peer review setting. English Usage and Style, 33, 27-41.
  7. Satake, Y. (2014). The effects of improving students' participation in an EFL classroom on their vocabulary learning. In T. Gally, Y. Sato, M. Nakatake, Y. Satake, & A. Mills (Eds.), Changing roles of foreign language teaching / learning in the context of globalization in Japan (pp. 35-55). MAYA consortium.
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) The Japan Association of College English Teachers (member), The Japan Society of English Usage and Style (member), The Japan Association of English Linguistics and Literature (member), Circle of Inter-cultural information and NEXus (member)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) English
Education Field (Graduate level) English, Applied linguistics