Areas of Expertise: Language and linguistics
Courses taught: Applied Linguistics and TESOL
Owen’s research centres around how migrants learn second languages. Currently, he is focusing on how foreign English teachers learn Japanese in Japan.
An experienced EFL teacher and examiner, Owen is currently completing his doctoral research alongside teaching undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics courses at Anglia Ruskin. Before starting his PhD, Owen worked for 10 years teaching English as a foreign language in a wide variety of contexts in Japan and England.
With a background in English language teaching and in the context of his current research into how English teachers in Japan learn Japanese, Owen’s research is essentially concerned with how people learn languages. Owen is interested in how migrants motivate themselves to learn languages and how they find opportunities for language learning and use. He is also interested in how the learning experience and environment influence language learning.