Hitomi Masuhara

Dr. Hitomi Masuhara

Dr. Hitomi Masuhara

Dr.HitomiMasuhara is Deputy Director of the MA in Applied Linguisticsand the MA in TESOL at the University of Liverpool and also Secretary of MATSDA (Materials Development Association). She has worked in Japan, Oman, Singapore and the UK and has presented at Conferences all over the world. Her publications include journal articles, book chapters and books (e.g. Materials and Methods in ELT (2013) Wiley, co-authored with J. McDonough and C. Shaw; Research for Materials Development in Language Learning (2010) Continuum, co-edited with B. Tomlinson and Developing Language Course Materials (2004) RELC, co-authored with B. Tomlinson). She has also been involved in the writing of eight coursebooks for Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, Japan and Singapore. Her main interests include neural language learning, second language acquisition, teaching methodology, intercultural communication, materials development and teacher development.


Title: Principled and Enjoyable Task Based Materials

Task-Based Approaches have attracted a lot of attention in recent years.  What exactly is a ‘task’ and what constitutes an optimal task-based procedure remain controversial.  My presentation will provide demonstrations of Task-Based materials in order to explore key factors in relation to second language acquisition and materials development.  It will also consider how various task types can be incorporated to increase learner enjoyment and promote language acquisition.

1 Response to Hitomi Masuhara

  1. elteam2nd says:

    Dr. Hitomi Masuhara has changed her abstract. Her former abstract was as follow.

    Title: “To Correct or Not to Correct – Exploration of Error Feedback”

    Teachers spend hours correcting mistakes in students’ writing. How would we feel if we were told that error correction is a waste of time and even has damaging effects?

    There was a heated debate on the value of error correction in the late 1990s. In this session, I’d like to revisit the issues identified in this debate and look at the latest views that seem to attract agreement. I will touch upon the confusion between spoken and written language, upon English as a lingua franca and upon the emergence of world Englishes.

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