Innovation in Language Teaching and Learning

The Case of Japan

  • Hayo Reinders
  • Stephen Ryan
  • Sachiko Nakamura

Part of the New Language Learning and Teaching Environments book series (NLLTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Hayo Reinders, Sachiko Nakamura, Stephen Ryan
    Pages 1-8
  3. Stephen Ryan, Kay Irie
    Pages 97-116
  4. James York, Jonathan deHaan, Peter Hourdequin
    Pages 117-139
  5. Stephen Ryan, Sachiko Nakamura, Hayo Reinders
    Pages 283-289
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


This book examines a wide range of innovations in language learning and teaching in Japan. Each of the chapters describes the impetus for a change or new development in a particular context, from early childhood to adult learning, details its implementation and provides an evaluation of its success. In doing so, they provide a comprehensive overview of best practice in innovating language education from teaching practice in formal classroom settings, to self-directed learning beyond the classroom, and offer recommendations to enhance language education in Japan and beyond. The book will be of interest to scholars of applied linguistics and language development, and in particular to those involved in managing change in language education that attempts to mediate between global trends and local needs.

Hayo Reinders is TESOL Professor and Director of the doctoral programme at Anaheim University, USA and Senior Research Advisor to Kanda University in Tokyo, Japan. 

Stephen Ryan is a professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. 

Sachiko Nakamura is a doctoral candidate in Applied Linguistics at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand. 


Language teaching practice Educational technology Japan Language development Materials development Curriculum reform Programme evaulation English language teaching digital language learning game-based learning Participatory language learning Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Adult language learning peace linguistics self-access learning (SALC) MEXT in-service teacher training Japanese language education

Editors and affiliations

  • Hayo Reinders
    • 1
  • Stephen Ryan
    • 2
  • Sachiko Nakamura
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EducationAnaheim UniversityAnaheimUSA
  2. 2.School of Culture, Media and SocietyWaseda UniversityTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of LanguagesKing Mongkut’s University of Technology ThonburiBangkokThailand

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