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Watanabe Yoshinori

NameWatanabe Yoshinori
AffiliationSophia University
SectionGraduate School of Languages and Linguistics, Master's (Doctoral) Program in Linguistics
Job titleProfessor
DegreeMA in Linguistics for ELT(The University of Lancaster), PhD in Linguistics(The University of Lancaster), 英語教育学修士(ランカスター大学), 言語学博士(ランカスター大学)
Research funding number20167183
J-Global ID200901045240142475


Washback effects of language testing on instruction
Effects of university entrance examinations on instructions
Washback effects of language assessment on learner motivation
Psychological factors influencing a foreign language learning
Psychological processes of reading English as a foreign language
External factors influencing the use of language learning strategies
Development of teacher certificate examinations
Exploring English teacher competenceIn the past quarter-century, I have been investigating various issues relating to foreign language learning and teaching. Most of the research sites where I have been conducting research involve my own classroom with the target of observations being my own teaching and my students. It is virtually impossible, then, to separate my research from my teaching. It would not make sense to do so. My long-standing research or educational interests have been in the role of language assessment and testing in innovating in teaching English as a foreign language. In the process of investigating the issue further, out of curiosity as well as out of necessity, I have become interested in various other related topics, including classroom language development, the role of assessment in motivating language learners, language learning strategies, amongst others. In my own teaching at university, I emphasize the importance of students learning by experiment. By experiment here I mean a type of learning where students learn by getting involved in a variety of activities and tasks, such as oral presentation, micro-teaching and peer-instructions, which are followed by a form of assessing the effectiveness of that experience by the students’ own monitoring. In so doing, I am particularly interested in the role of recall and visualization techniques in checking comprehension.(Subject of research)
Effects of Criterion-Referenced Assessment on Learners' Motivation
Develpment of a diagnostic assessment system for teachears of English as a Foreign Language

Research Interests

washback effect ,English teacher's English ability ,Language Assessment ,CLIL Content Language Integrated Learning ,Assessment literacy

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Foreign language education / 

Research History

Apr 2015
International Christian University Faculty of Liberal Arts Part time lecturer 
Oct 2006
Sophia University Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics Professor 
Apr 2010
Mar 2012
国際教養大学専門職大学院  非常勤講師 
Apr 2001
Mar 2006
Akita University Faculty of Education and Human Studies Associate Professor 
Apr 1991
Mar 2001
International Christian University English Language Program Tenured Instructor 


Jan 1991
Dec 1997
The University of Lancaster Graduate Programme in Linguistics PhD
Oct 1989
Sep 1990
The University of Lancaster Master's Programme in Linguistics for English Language Teach 
Apr 1980
Mar 1983
Sophia University Graduate School, Division of Foreign Language 
Apr 1976
Mar 1980
Sophia University Faculty of Foreign Language 

Committee Memberships

Dec 2019
Jun 2021
Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Culture  MEXT Review conference for university admissions (tentative title)
May 2014
Mar 2015
文部科学省初等中等教育局  英語力調査の分析・活用に関する検討委員
May 2013
Mar 2014
文部科学省初等中等教育局  英語コミュニケーション能力・論理的思考力検討委員
May 2013
May 2013
文部科学省初等中等教育局  事業委託機関技術審査委員会委員
Dec 2012
Mar 2013
文部科学省初等中等教育局  外部検定試験の活用による英語力の検証委員


Yoshinori Watanabe   
Language Testing   30(4) 565-573   Oct 2013   [Refereed][Invited]
Yoshinori Watanabe   
International CLIL Research Journal: Special issue - CLIL in Japan: beyond the European context   2(1) 4-18   2013   [Refereed][Invited]
27(27) 41-47   2013   [Refereed][Invited]
渡部良典   木村護郎クリストフ   原田早苗   西村君代   市之瀬敦   安達祐子   Lisa Fairbrother   
上智大学外国語学部紀要   47 211-234   2013   [Refereed]
Cambridge ESOL Research Notes   (46) 29-34   Nov 2011   


Keisuke Kubota   Yuichiro Yokouchi   Rie Koizumi   
Language Assessment Quarterly   19(3) 314-334   May 2022   [Refereed][Invited]
Yoshinori Watanabe   
The Journal of Asia TEFL   18(4) 1523-1525   Dec 2021   [Invited]

Books and Other Publications

Ikeda, M, Izumi, S, Pinner, R, Davis, M(Part:Joint author, Chapter 7 and Chapter 8)
Jan 2022   
渡部 良典(145-182頁)
上智大学出版   10 Aug 2016      
Watanabe Yoshinori(Part:Others, Language assessment in Japanese, pp. 1901 - 1908)
Wiley-Blackwell   2013      
渡部 良典(Part:Joint author)
成美堂   20 Jan 2012   (ISBN:9784791950942)   


Yoshinori Watanabe   
25 Nov 2022   [Invited]
Yoshinori Watanabe   
Japan Association for the Study of Teaching English   21 Aug 2022   [Invited]
Yoshinori Watanabe   
Kansai English Language Education Society   11 Jun 2022   [Invited]
Yoshinori Watanabe   
British Council New Directions   9 Dec 2019   
Yoshinori Watanabe   
British Council English Education Seminar   1 Jul 2018   [Invited]

Professional Memberships

Japan Association of Language Testing
International Language Testing Association

Research Projects

Exploring the nature of language teacher proficiency by TKT
Cambridge English Language Assessment: Cambridge English Funded Research Programme Round 6
Project Year: Oct 2015 - Sep 2016
Developing and validating a pilot version of the diagnostic assessment system for language teacher proficiency in cooperation with in-service teachers
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Project Year: Apr 2011 - Mar 2015
Developing and validating the effectiveness and feasibility of training courses in English language teacher proficiency
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
WATANABE Yoshinori KANO Mikio 
Project Year: 2008 - 2010
Identifying the needs of the teachers of English as a Foreign Language and developing a pilot version of the teacher certification examination
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
WATANABE Yoshinori 
Project Year: 2005 - 2007

Social Activities

 1 Apr 2013
 1 Oct 1987


Working together with postgraduate students enrolling in TESOL Course, I complied and published the first issue of a collection of articles dealing with issues relating to the teaching of English. The title of the working paper is SOPHIA TESOL FORUM, and will be issued yearly.