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Dr Kazuya Saito
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  • Associate Professor in TESOL & Applied Linguistics
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education


-Present: Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL, University College London

2015-2018: Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition, Birkbeck College, University of London

2012-2015: Assistant Professor of English, Waseda University

2011-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University


2008-2011: PhD in Second Language Education, McGill University

2005-2007: M.A. in Linguistics, Syracuse University

Ongoing selected projects

Training a good ear predicts successful second language acquisition: Interfacing neuroscience, hearing, and education research perspectives (2020-2022)

v $50,000 from the Spencer Foundation (USA)

Does having a good ear promote successful L2 speech learning? A behavioural and neural investigation (2020-2023)

v £233,813 from the Leverhulme Trust Research Grant (UK) 

Interfacing education and neuroscience perspectives on the cognitive foundation of successful foreign language learning: A Series of Workshops and Symposiums in the UK and Japan (2019-2021)

v £50,294 from the Economic and Social Research Council UK-JAPAN Connection Grant (UK)

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Research interests

My research interests cover a wide range of topics in Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Education, and Psycholinguistics. Specifically, I am interested in the assessment, development, and teaching of adult second language (L2) speech.

Teaching Summary

Areas of research supervision


  • Second language acquisition
  • Second language speech (pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary)     
  • Effects of instruction (corrective feedback; task)
  • Age and experience effects on second language acquisition
  • Aptitude and motivation in second language acquisition
  • Pronunciation teaching
  • Fluency training
  • Listening teaching
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