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STRINGER THOMAS JAMES

Organization
Language Center
Date of Birth
1986
Research Fields, Keywords
Language learner autonomy, Language learner development, TESOL, Professional development for language teachers, Self-Access Language Learning
Profile
Thomas Stringer has been involved with English language teaching in Japan for over 14 years. He is a doctoral student in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the International Education Institute of the University of St Andrews, UK. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and is also a full-time Instructor of English as a Foreign Language at the Language Center of Kwansei Gakuin University in Hyogo, Japan. He was formerly an Instructor of English as a Foreign Language at the Institute for Language and Culture of Konan University in Hyogo, Japan. His research interests are broadly on learner and teacher development, with a particular focus on autonomy.
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  • Graduating School:The University of York
    Faculty:Faculty of Philosophy
    Course / Major:Philosophy

    Kind of school:University
    Date of graduation:2008.07
    Completion status:Graduated
    Country location code:United Kingdom

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  • Graduate school:University College London- Institute of Education
    Department:TESOL
    Course:TESOL

    Course completed:Master's Course
    Date of completion:2016.11
    Completion status:Completed
    Country:United Kingdom

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  • Degree name:MA(TESOL)
    Classified degree field:Humanities & Social Sciences / Linguistics
    Conferring institution:University College London
    Acquisition way:Coursework
    Date of acquisition:2016.11

Career 【 display / non-display

  • Affiliation:Kwansei Gakuin University
    Department:Language Center
    Title:Instructor of English as a Foreign Language
    Date:2021.09 -

Association Memberships 【 display / non-display

  • Academic society name:JALT- Osaka Chapter
    Academic country located:Japan

  • Academic society name:JASAL
    Academic country located:Japan

Research Areas 【 display / non-display

  • Research field:Humanities & Social Sciences / Foreign language education

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  • Qualification title:Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Language: English
    Title: A protocol for a qualitative synthesis of practitioner research of language learner autonomy in Japan
    Journal name: International Database of Education Systematic Reviews  (p.1 - 8)
    Date of publication: 2023.11
    Author(s): Thomas Stringer, Eoin Jordan

    Type of publication: Research paper (other academic)
    Co-author classification: Multiple Authorship

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  • Language: English
    Title: 4/3/2 or 2/3/4? The Impact of Task Design on Ratings of Oral Fluency with Japanese Undergraduate EFL Learners
    Journal name: Annual Research Report of the Language Center  vol.26  (p.13 - 31)
    Date of publication: 2023.03
    Author(s): Rian Davis, Michael Delve, Lydia Eberly, Craig Mertens, Thomas Stringer, Michael Wilkins

    Type of publication: Research paper (bulletin of university, research institution)

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  • Language: English
    Title: The Impact of Intercultural Interactions on Students’ Outcomes, Motivation, and Attitudes in an EFL Speaking Course
    Journal name: Kwansei Gakuin University Humanities Review  vol.27  (p.139 - 159)
    Date of publication: 2022.11
    Author(s): Craig Mertens, Thomas Stringer

    Type of publication: Research paper (bulletin of university, research institution)

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  • Language: English
    Title: Remote SALC practices in a pandemic: One university’s initial approach and subsequent revisions.
    Journal name: JASAL Journal  vol.2  (1)  (p.71 - 81)
    Date of publication: 2021.07
    Author(s): Shari Yamamoto, Thomas Mach, Craig Mertens, Greg Sholdt, Thomas Stringer

    Type of publication: Research paper (scientific journal)
    Co-author classification: Multiple Authorship

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  • Language: English
    Title: The Role of Metacognition in Mindfulness Interventions with Japanese EFL University Students.
    Journal name: Learning: Research and Practice
    Date of publication: 2020.12
    Author(s): Thomas Stringer, Kathy Looney

    DOI: 10.1080/23735082.2020.1818806
    Type of publication: Research paper (scientific journal)
    Co-author classification: Multiple Authorship

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  • Prize: St Leonard's College Postgraduate Travel Award
    Date awarded:2023.12
    Country:United Kingdom
    Award type:Other
    Awarding organization:St Leonard's College

Presentations 【 display / non-display

  • Language: English
    Conference name: The 4th Southeast Asian Conference on Education (SEACE 2024 )
    International/Domestic presentation: International presentation
    Holding date: 2024.02
    Presentation date:2024.02.15
    Title: Synthesisability: Empowering Teachers, Promoting Research
    Presentation type: Oral presentation (general)

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  • Language: English
    Conference name: JALT International Conference: Growth Mindset in Language Education
    International/Domestic presentation: 
    Holding date: 2023.11
    Presentation date:2023.11.26
    Title: Learner Autonomy: A Castle on Conceptual Sand
    Presentation type: Oral presentation (general)

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  • Language: English
    Conference name: 20th Technology for Second Language Learning (TSLL) Conference: Advancing Technologies — Expanding Research
    International/Domestic presentation: International presentation
    Holding date: 2023.10
    Presentation date:2023.10.20
    Title: Empowering EFL Learners and Teachers: Harnessing AI for Writing Instruction
    Presentation type: Oral presentation (general)

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  • Language: English
    Conference name: University of St Andrews, International Education Institute, Brown Bag Brunch Sessions
    International/Domestic presentation: International presentation
    Holding date: 2023.09
    Presentation date:2023.09.26
    Title: Building a Language Learner Autonomy Research Portal: Trials and Triumphs
    Presentation type: Public lecture, seminar, tutorial, course, or other speech

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  • Language: English
    Conference name: 10th RILAE LAb Session: Technology In and For Learner Autonomy
    International/Domestic presentation: Domestic presentation
    Holding date: 2023.07
    Presentation date:2023.07.14
    Title: GPTeaching: Generative AI and autonomous language learning
    Presentation type: Oral presentation (general)

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Committee Memberships 【 display / non-display

  • Organization name:Professional Development in Education (Journal)
    Committee name:Administrative Intern
    Date:2024.02 -

Social Contribution 【 display / non-display

  • Title:Guest Judge- Osaka Prefectural High School Speech Contest
    Date:2020.02

  • Title:Guest Lecturer- イギリスを理解するための重要な関係
    Date:2019.10

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  • Title:Beyond The Abstracts: Language Policy in Self-Access Learning
    Period:2024.01

    Description:In this Beyond The Abstracts conversation I speak with Katherine Thornton. Katherine is an Associate Professor at the Institute for General Education of Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan. In addition to teaching and working as a learning advisor, she is also Program Director of their Self-Access Learning Center, known as E-CO. Katherine is also the President of the Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL).

    We cover
    - Katherine’s education, background, and negotiation of professional, personal, and research identities.
    - Her advice for early career scholars in the fields of autonomy or self-access learning.
    - We also delve into her research on language policy and self-access: exploring what it is and why it is important, the relationship between language policy and local user needs, and multilingualism in self-access learning spaces in Japan.
    - Lastly, we cover Katherine’s ideas about the current state and future of the field of self-access learning.

    This conversation will be essential viewing for anyone with an interest in these areas.

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  • Title:Beyond The Abstracts: Developing a New Self-Access Learning Center
    Period:2023.12

    Description:In this 'Beyond The Abstracts' conversation I speak with Isobel Hook. In addition to being an experienced language instructor, Isobel is currently the Coordinator of the Self-Access Learning Center, also known as the i-Space, which is part of the International Education Center at Kyoto Notre Dame University in Japan.

    In this conversation we explore the creation of the i-Space, how it was developed, learning materials, the impact of space and place, the role of collaboration and community, issues of gender, and current and future challenges with coordinating and evaluating a Self-Access Learning Center, including how to overcome resource limitations.

    This conversation should be of particular interest to educational practitioners, anyone with an interest in autonomy, and in particular to current or prospective SALC coordinators.

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  • Title:Research Talk Show Podcast
    Period:2023.05

    Description:Thomas Stringer appeared as a co-host on the research talk show to discuss language learner autonomy

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  • Title:Peer reviewer for Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching (Scopus and SSCI indexed journal)
    Activity type:Peer review
    Date:2023.06 -

    Description:https://orcid.org/my-orcid?orcid=0000-0002-9647-4985

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  • Title:Creator- Language Learner Autonomy Research Portal (website)
    Activity type:Academic research
    Date:2023.05 -

    Description:Hi! I’m Thomas Stringer, and this page has empowering resources for learners, teachers, and researchers on language learner autonomy.

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  • Title:Peer reviewer for Learning: Research and Practice (Scopus indexed journal)
    Activity type:Peer review
    Date:2022.07 -

    Description:https://orcid.org/my-orcid?orcid=0000-0002-9647-4985

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  • Title:Peer reviewer for ‘Annual Research Report’ (in house journal, KGU Language Center)
    Activity type:Peer review
    Date:2021.11 -