ABOUT

Masaru Yamamoto is a PhD student in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. His current scholarly interests centre around affordances, challenges, and complexity pertaining to second language socialization in academic settings and academic tasks.

His previous research has specifically focused on multimodal and embodied dimensions of language socialization in academic settings, or what he calls ‘multimodal academic discourse socialization.’ He seeks to further explore the nature of multimodal academic discourse socialization through a transdisciplinary study in his PhD research.


EDUCATION

2020-Present
University of British Columbia
PhD Student in Teaching English as a Second Language
Supervisor: Dr. Patricia Duff

2018–2020
University of British Columbia
Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language
Thesis: Multimodal academic discourse socialization: An ethnographic multiple-case study of geoscience students’ poster presentations at a Canadian university
[Best M.A. Thesis Award (2019–2020; $500) presented by LLED, UBC]
Committee: Dr. Patricia Duff (chair), Dr. Ling Shi, and Dr. Sandra Zappa-Hollman

2012–2016
Kanda University of International Studies
B.A. in English (Applied Linguistics)
Thesis: A study of Japanese EFL students’ language and content learning through jigsaw reading: From a Vygotskian sociocultural perspective (Written in Japanese)
Committee: Dr. Masaki Kobayashi and Dr. Yasushi Sekiya


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018
English teacher, Utase Junior High School, Chiba, Japan

2016–2017
English teacher, English teacher, Dokkyo Junior & Senior High School, Tokyo, Japan


MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT

2021
Poster presentation instruction, AAAL 2021 Virtual Conference [link]
Poster presentation template, AAAL 2021 Virtual Conference [link]

2019
GOAL Module: interactive online videos and activities
Part of General Orientation to Academic Life (GOAL) Interactive Online Module for the UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


Institutional Roles and Responsibilities

2021–2022
Team Co-Lead, Graduate Peer Advisor

Department of Language and Literacy Education,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

2020-2021
Conference Program Planning Team for AAAL 2021 Virtual Conference
American Association for Applied Linguistics
as part of research assistantship for Dr. Patricia Duff,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

2020–2021
Student Representative, Department Head’s Advisory Committee

Department of Language and Literacy Education,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

2020–2021
Team Coordinator, Graduate Peer Advisor

Department of Language and Literacy Education,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

2019–2020
Graduate Peer Advisor

Department of Language and Literacy Education
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


AWARDS

2020
Best M.A. Thesis Award ($500) presented by LLED, UBC for my Master’s thesis
Multimodal academic discourse socialization: An ethnographic multiple-case study of geoscience students’ poster presentations at a Canadian university.

2020–2021
Faculty of Education Graduate Award ($20,000), UBC.

2020–2024
Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship ($18,200 per year plus tuition).

2020–2021
President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award ($650), UBC.

2019–2019
Special UBC Graduate Scholarship-RITS Awards ($5,000), UBC.

2015
First Place Prize for the Prince Takamado English Essay Contest 2015 ($4,500) presented by the Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research, University of Alberta.
高円宮妃殿下英語論文コンテスト2015年大会 最優秀賞

Last updated: August 2, 2021