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Sakamoto Mitsuyo

NameSakamoto Mitsuyo
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Foreign Studies, Department of English Studies
Job titleProfessor
DegreeBachelor of Arts(University of Toronto), 文学士(トロント大学), Master of Education(University of Toronto), 修士(教育学)(トロント大学大学院), Bachelor of Education(University of Toronto), 学士(教育学)(トロント大学), Doctor of Philosophy(University of Toronto), 博士(教育学)(トロント大学大学院)
Research funding number30439335
J-Global ID200901085081594019


Language acquisition, maintenance and attrition. Second and third language acquisition (specifically, L1 role in SLA and L1 & L2 roles in TLA). Foreign language pedagogy. Sociocultural theory and SLA. Qualitative research. Multiculturalism and multicultural education (specifically, minority groups in Japan, with focus on Chinese and Brazilians).
(Subject of research) Bilingualism and bilingual education Foreign language pedagogy Language loss and maintenance Language transfer Minority and Multicultural education Qualitative research Second and third language
(Proposed theme of joint or funded research) Heritage language education, bilingualism, translanguaging, sociocultural theory, critical applied linguistics

Research Interests

critical applied linguistics ,sociocultural theory ,Multiculturalism ,Heritage language education ,bilingualism ,translanguaging ,language maintenance

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Foreign language education / 

Research History

Dec 2017
Dec 2017
Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow   
Apr 2012
Mar 2013
University of Toronto  Visiting Scholar 
Apr 2006
Mar 2012
Sophia University  Associate Professor 
Aug 2007
Sep 2007
Universidade de Sao Paulo  Visiting Scholar 
Jul 2001
Jun 2004
University of Western Ontario  Assistant Professor 


Sep 1995
Nov 2000
University of Toronto Graduate School, Division of Education Education
Sep 1994
Jun 1995
University of Toronto Faculty of Education Education
Sep 1991
Jun 1994
University of Toronto Graduate School, Division of Education Education
Sep 1986
Jun 1990
University of Toronto Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science (Humanities) Arts & Sciences


International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism   25(7) 2422-2434   Jul 2022   [Refereed]
Mitsuyo Sakamoto   Gavin Furukawa   
Asian Englishes      Feb 2022   [Refereed]
SAKAMOTO MITSUYO   Mitsunori Takakuwa   
Journal of Belonging, Identity and Diversity   6(1) 77-96   Jan 2022   [Refereed]
Mitsuyo Sakamoto   Gavin Furukawa   
System   110 102921-102921   2022   [Refereed]
猿橋順子   坂本光代   
青山国際政経論集   105    Mar 2021   


英語教育   72(12) 77-77   Feb 2024   [Invited]
第59回日本比較教育学会ブックセッション      Jun 2023   [Invited]
2022年度第5回異文化間教育学会「著者と語ろうの会」      Mar 2023   [Invited]
英語教育   72(11) 44-45   2023   [Invited]

Books and Other Publications

Gavin Furukawa, Mitsuyo Sakamoto(Part:Contributor, ‘Not just English’: Identity and liminality among Japanese bilingual returnees)
Routledge, Taylor & Francis   16 Nov 2023   (ISBN:9781032431796)   [Refereed]
Makiko Matsuda, Seiichi Nakai, Mitsuyo Sakamoto(Part:Joint edit, 第3、4、5、7章編集、第5章執筆、あとがき)
Kurosio   Oct 2022   
Mitsuyo Sakamoto(Part:Edit)
Dec 2021   
Sakamoto Mitsuyo(Part:Joint edit)
Kuroshio   2019      


Mitsuyo Sakamoto   Yuriko Miyamoto Caltabiano   
AILA 2024   Aug 2024   
Miyako Matsui   Mitsuyo Sakamoto   
Sociolinguistics Symposium 25 (SS25)   Jun 2024   
坂本 光代   
移民の継承語とエスニックアイデンティティに関する社会言語学的研究会   26 Feb 2024   [Invited]
Niko Catharine Watanabe Schultz   Kaori Matsuzaki   Mitsuyo Sakamoto   Noriko Iwasaki   Makiko Matsuda   
JSAA/ICNTJ   2 Sep 2023   
Mitsuyo Sakamoto   
Linguistics Lecture, Department of Linguistics, Tohoku University   30 Jun 2023   [Invited]

Professional Memberships

AERA (American Educational Research Association)
JACES (Japanese Association of Canadian Education Studies)
American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
International Society for Language Studies (ISLS)

Research Projects

Project Year: Apr 2021 - Mar 2026
日本学術振興会: 科学研究費助成事業
Project Year: Apr 2020 - Mar 2024
Multicultural Education for the Majority: Multiple perspectives (Project number: 16K04622)
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Mitsuyo Sakamoto 
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2020

Academic Activities


Social Activities

Sophia University Sophia University Open Campus 1 Aug 2023 - 1 Aug 2023
 In charge of a lecture at Sophia University Junior College Division. 26 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019
 3 Nov 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
 Designing context-embedded & cognitively demanding instruction 23 Oct 2018 - 23 Oct 2018

Media Coverage

SBS   SBS On Demand   Mar 2023   [TV or radio program]


As part of GTRA, a workshop on thesis writing and APA was hosted. The presentation was given by a GTR and a professor provided guidance.
Offering a course called, "Bilingualism and Bilingual Education" to graduate students at University of Sao Paulo.