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Professor Mariko Boku

Applied Linguistics

Ritsumeikan University



Mariko Boku is a Full Professor of Applied Linguistics at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. Previously, she taught as a Full Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition for undergraduates and graduates in the School of Literature, Arts and Cultural Studies at Kinki University, Japan. Prior to taking up the position of Associate Professor, she had also taught at other universities and colleges as well as a senior high school, and taught courses for junior high school students based on English radio programs provided by the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, NHK).

Her main research interests include applied linguistics and pragmatics, particularly educational policy and methodology, bilingualism, interlanguage pragmatics, and intercultural communication. She has presented numerous papers at international conferences, such as AILA, IPra, BAAL, TEFL, and TESOL. She has also acted as a chairperson at domestic and international conferences, and has been a member of copyright guideline committees for a few academic societies.

She has authored articles entitled “Robust improvements on reasoning performance following discussion in Japan” (with Yama and Mercier, 2017) in Japanese Psychological Research, “Japanese learners’ higher-order inference-oriented schema transfer in interlanguage comprehension development” in Current Issues in Reading, Writing, and Visual Literacy: Research and Practice (2015), Task-based Rhetorical Structure for EIL Learners (2011), and has co-authored five books on English education through examining movie scenes.

Between 2007 and 2009, she conducted research supported by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) focusing on the efficacy of early English education based on the Naikan Approach, a retrospective motivational analysis of EFL learners.