Distance learning student wins grant award

Posted by rmt22 at Nov 18, 2019 11:40 AM |
Grant award success for School of Education Applied Linguistics PhD student researching language teachers’ emotions in Japan.

Sam Morris, a distance learner PhD student based in the School of Education, has been awarded a highly prestigious grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to support his research into the emotion regulation practices of Japanese university foreign language educators under the supervision of Dr Jim King.

The Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research program is the Japanese government’s primary funding scheme for university research. Its purpose is to develop pioneering scientific research in all disciplines, and grants are awarded on merit through a peer-review screening process. The grant awarded to Sam is to the value of 1.8 million yen (approximately £12,000), and will be used to support the analysis of his research data, the dissemination of his results at international conferences and the organisation of a symposium focusing on the topic of his thesis.

Sam’s research aims to better understand the emotion regulation actions that non-Japanese EFL teachers at Japanese universities employ during their work, and the contextual factors that underlie their emotional decisions. The work is expected to have implications for teacher well-being and teacher-student relationships, leading to meaningful guidance for improved professional practice and institutional support.

Upon receiving the grant, Sam commented: "I am very pleased and proud to have been awarded a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. This money and the support of my supervisor will ensure that I will be able to maximise the impact and reach of my thesis results."

Dr King said: "We're delighted that Sam has been awarded this money to support his work. The continual successes shown by our doctoral students are testament to the high-class research being conducted at the University of Leicester into applied linguistics and foreign language education."

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