Thought Currents

Over the years many English Department faculty members have contributed to our department’s journal, Thought Currents in English Literature. For your convenience, most of the articles which were written in English have been made available as PDFs on this page. It will be updated each year. Among these articles are ones that describe activities and tasks that teachers have incorporated into their IE (Integrated English) Program courses. [Some of the articles have been published in other journals affiliated with the university, such as Aoyama Information Science. At the end of the list are articles featured in selected outside refereed journals.]

2018 Articles

Howl, P. (2018). David Harrower’s Blackbird: Exploring the Psychology of a Sexual Predator. Thought Currents in English Literature, XCI, 39-52.

Ohyama, K. (2018). Theoretical and Practical Accounts for Learning Difficulties in Phonetic and Phonological Acquisition: Perceptual Influence on Language Factors for Japanese Learners of English. Thought Currents in English Literature, XCI, 33-38.

2017 Articles

Berninger, G. (2017). Tolkien’s themes of The Lord of the Rings. Thought Currents in English Literature, XC, 47-53.

Bundt, L. (2017). Fierce creatures, bridges, and mirrors: Discussing the dramatic structure of film in EFL classrooms. Thought Currents in English Literature, XC, 55-72.

Parham, C. (2017). Use of drama explorative strategies in the English-language classroom. Thought Currents in English Literature, XC, 81-99.

2016 Articles

Andrade, M. (2016) Peer and Supervisory Observation for Faculty Development: Ways of Providing Written Feedback. Sophia University Junior College Division Faculty Journal, Vol. 37, 1-30.


Brooke, S. (2016). Constructing identity: Nation, culture, language and media. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIX, 9-20.

Dias, J.V. (2016) Developing online materials to teach how to avoid plagiarism and a database of student essays to check for plagiarism. Aoyama Information Science, 44:1, 54-60.

Obari, H. (2016) The impact of flipped and active learning integrating advanced technologies on teaching EFL to Japanese undergraduates. Aoyama Information Science, 44:1, 30-41.

Pagel, J.W., Lambacher, S.G., Reedy, D.W., & Mori, S. (2016) Student and instructor attitudes towards the use of CALL and MALL in L2. Aoyama Information Science, 44:1, 42-52.

Tanabe, M. (2016). Measuring second language lexical automaticity in a classroom: A feasibility study. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIX, 75-92.

2015 Articles

Bollinger, D. & Dias, J.V. (2015). Plagiarism: Local Solutions for a Universal Problem, OnCUE Journal, 8(2), pages 117-134.

Mizuno, T. (2015). The unity of the one and the many: Tracing the genealogy of dappledness in Hopkins. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVIII, 49-63.

Ogawa, R. (2015). Contemporary Tanka poetry viewed from a different mirror of reflective thought for English as a Second Language learners. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVIII, 65-88.

2014 Articles

Bollinger, D. (2014). More ways to reduce plagiarism. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVII, 43-60.

Howl, P. (2014). The Drama Project: Concept to performance. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVII, 61-68.

Katami, A. (2014). Comparative studies of the shorter and longer versions of Julian of Norwich: With special reference to repetition and word pairs. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVII, 23-42.

Nakamura, D. (2014). Perceived difficulty and usefulness of learning management systems: A survey on the CaLabo LMS (Bridge). Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVII, 95-113.

Ogawa, R. (2014). Haiku and free-styled writing styles for second language learners. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVII, 115-138.

Tonoike, S. (2014). LA visibility and a non-copy theory of movement. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVII, 1-21.

Twaddell, W.M. (2014). H.G. Wells and the War of the Words: A British view of United States politics. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVII, 157-164.

2013 Articles

Bollinger, D. (2013). Ways to reduce plagiarism in IE Core and Writing courses. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVI, 1-10.

Howl, P. (2013). Waiting for Godot—A ray of hope within the human condition. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVI, 11-18.

Katsumata, E. (2013). Effective evaluation methods in an English public speaking course for EFL university students in Japan. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVI, 39-51.

Martin, J. (2013). Knowledge & assessment: Overcoming failure in the EFL classroom. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVI, 53-70.

Nakamura, D. (2013). Scaffolding students’ understanding of English writing by Weblogging: A preliminary survey. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVI, 99-114.

Sekido, F. (2013). An effective way to use short stories in the language classroom. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXVI, 115-123.

2012 Articles

Bollinger. (2012). Using the film Whale Rider to facilitate learners’ ability to analyze symbols and irony in English literature. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXV, 91-103.

Howl, P. (2012). Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: Fact and Fiction. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXV, 125-140.

McCready, E. (2012). Reference and linguistic intuitions. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXV, 61-75.

Pounds, W.E. (2012). On the genealogy of John Wesley’s Miltonism. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXV, 29-59.

Tonoike, S., Taguchi, K. (2012). Frozen scope and predication. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXV, 1-27.

2011 Articles

Ogawa, R. (2011). From nature to sustainability: Integrating an ecocritical narrative approach in English literature and heightening critical thinking levels among ESL learners. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIV, 51-67.

2010 Articles

Anderson, T. (2010). Students as teaching resources. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIII, 57-61.

Armstrong, H. (2010). Monstrous mashups: The provenance and progeny of the Victorian vampire novel. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIII, 63-73.

Bollinger, D. (2010). Interactive ER: Using online discussion to stimulate interest and assess learners’ engagement in extensive reading. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIII, 75-93.

Dias, J.V., Kikuchi, K. (2010). Needs analysis in a Japanese EFL context: Utilizing triangulation techniques. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIII, 1-29.

Hardgrave, B. (2010). Using social networking sites as EFL personal learning networks. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIII, 95-117.

Martin, J. (2010). A social perspective on literacy illustrating how young Japanese language students appropriate English. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIII, 119-154.

Ogawa, R. (2010). The future of globalizing information literacy. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXIII, 155-174.

2009 Articles

Andrade, M.R. (2009). Peer revision in academic writing: Making it work. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXII, 59-64.

Brooke, S. (2009). A portrait of the artist: The life and career of James K. Baxter. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXII, 67-81.

Dias, J.V., Strong, G.B. (2009). A blended learning approach: The new IE Active Listening Course. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXII, 25-57.

Elliott, M. (2009). Gwendolyn Brooks: Making those “Fair Fables Fall”. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXII, 83-114.

2008 Articles

Ikeda, A. (2008). The non-native English teacher: Making the most out of your academic background. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXI, 65-79.

Martin, J. (2008). Establishing a community of practice in the EFL classroom: An exploratory case study. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXI, 143-164.

Nakamura, D. (2008). Effects of input frequency on awareness and perceived difficulty of second language constructions. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXI, 183-208.

Wolf, J.M. (2008). Toward understanding an engaged Singaporean reader and his school’s extensive reading program. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXXI, 81-114.

2007 Articles

Andrade, M.R. (2007). Adding Web-based listening practice to a listening comprehension course: Cultivating autonomous learning. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXX, 1-16.

Ishikawa, T. (2007). The effect of intentional reasoning demands on second language speech production. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXX, 17-42.

Pounds, W. (2007). Thomas Pounde’s “A Challenge and a Comfort”: Reading a recusant poem. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXX, 231-259.

Riches, D. (2007). Using contemporary American television serials for the study of culture, fiction and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXX, 301-328.

2006 Articles

Andrade, M.R. (2006). Keeping students speaking English in class. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXIX, 1-8.

Ishikawa, T. (2006). On learner uptake: Manipulable sources of variation, motivating factors, and psycholinguistic mechanisms. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXIX, 9-24.

2005 Articles

Hardgrave, B. (2005). Loanwords—A bridge between Japanese and English?: Implications for EFL education in Japan. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXVIII, 143-165.

Kallauner, C. (2005). Light and darkness: Religious allusions in A Tale of Two Cities. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXVIII, 37-47.

Strong, G.B. (2005). On the emergence of South Asian novelists in Canadian literature. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXVIII, 67-97.

2004 Articles

Andrade, M.R. (2004). An introduction to literature for adolescent and young readers. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXVII, 1-11.

Dabbs, T. (2004). The trouble with Shakespeare. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXVII, 115-139.

2003 Articles

Browne, C, Selinker, L., & Kinahan, C. (2003). Online interlanguage analysis: ‘Absence is Presence’. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXVI, 97-137.

Duff, B.R. (2003). English language ambiguity. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXVI, 139-167.

2002 Articles

Smith, D.L. (2002). Expressing manner and path in English and Japanese. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXV, 113-131.

2000 Articles

Hilson, P., Whittle, J. (2000). Developing an oral communication course—Listening: An essential component. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXIII, 205-216.

1998 Articles

Smith, D.L. (1998). Japanese students and the Internet: Use and prospects. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXXI, 197-215.

1997 Articles

Washi, N. (1997). Discourse analysis of Japanese EFL learners. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXX, 293-313.

1996 Articles

Ellis, J.G. (1996). Intercultural adjustment: Comprehending and dealing with culture shock. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXIX, 275-290.

Strong, G.B. (1996). Using literature for language teaching in ESOL. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXIX, 291-305.

Washi, N. (1996). Motivation: An analysis of motivation in EFL with reference to the experience of the Japanese educational system. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXIX, 307-321.

1995 Articles

Ellis, J.G. (1995). Teaching intercultural communication in monocultural Japan. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXVIII, 267-280.

Strong, G.B. (1995). A survey of issues and item writing in language testing. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXVIII, 281-312.

1994 Articles

Ellis, J.G. (1994). A theatrical approach to teaching EFL. Thought Currents in English Literature, LXVII, 189-208.

Wilkinson, H.E. (1994). A brief historical survey of shall and will (XI). Thought Currents in English Literature, LXVII, 167-187.

Information Media Center Project Reports

Dias, J.V. (2016) Developing online materials to teach how to avoid plagiarism and a database of student essays to check for plagiarism. Aoyama Information Science, 44:1, 54-60.

Dias, J.V., Browne, C.M., Menish, Pagel, J.W., Tsuchido-Shew, P., Someya, Y. (2008) Faculty and student-created audio and video podcasts in an EFL setting. Aoyama Information Science, 36:1, 13-38.

Obari, H. (2016) The impact of flipped and active learning integrating advanced technologies on teaching EFL to Japanese undergraduates. Aoyama Information Science, 44:1, 30-41.

Pagel, J.W., Lambacher, S.G., Reedy, D.W., & Mori, S. (2016) Student and instructor attitudes towards the use of CALL and MALL in L2. Aoyama Information Science, 44:1, 42-52.

Mostly CALL related

Strong, G., Andrade, M., Dias, J., Broadbridge, J., Miltiadous, M., Mohamed, G., & Allen-Tamai, M. (2018). Exploring online and autonomous extensive reading in an oral English course. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & P. Bennett (Eds.), Language teaching in a global age: Shaping the classroom, shaping the world. Tokyo: JALT.

Dias, J. V., & Strong, G. B. (2011). Blended learning in a listening course: Seeking best practices. In A. Stewart (Ed.), JALT2010 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT.

Dias, J. V. & Kikuchi, K. (2010). Designing listening tasks: Lessons learned from needs analysis studies. In N. Ashcraft & A. Tran (Eds.), Teaching listening: Voices from the field (pp. 9-29). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL.

Dias, J. V. (2009). A web of controversy: Critical thinking online. In A. F. Smith & S. B. Strong (Eds.), Adult language learners: Context and innovation (pp. 97-105). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL.

Dias, J. V. (2003). Are we ready for cellphones in the classroom? In Local Decisions, Global Effects (Proceedings of JALTCALL2002 Hiroshima Jogakuin University) (pp. 163-173). Nagoya: The Japan Association of Language Teaching Computer Assisted Language Learning Special Interest Group.

Dias, J.V. (2000) Learner autonomy in Japan: Transforming ‘help yourself’ from threat to invitation. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 13:1, 49-64.

Dias, J. V. (2000). A web of deceit: Evaluating the ‘trustworthiness of information on the Web. In K. Ryan (Ed.), Recipes for wired teachers (pp. 52-53). Nagoya: The Japan Association of Language Teaching Computer Assisted Language Learning Special Interest Group.

Robinson, P.J., Strong, G.B., and Whittle, J. (1999). Looking at real world tasks: Comparing task-based and skill-based classroom instruction. In JALT98 Proceedings (pp. 139-145). Tokyo: The Japan Association of Language Teaching.

Dias, J. V. (1998). The teacher as chameleon: Computer-mediated communication & role transformation. In P. Lewis (Ed.), Teachers, learners, and computers: Exploring relationships in CALL (pp. 17-26). Nagoya: The Japan Association of Language Teaching Computer Assisted Language Learning Special Interest Group. 

Dias, J. V. (1990). English education as a three-ring circus. In J. Fanselow (Ed.), Changing English Education: An invitation to TESOL「英語教育を変えようTESOLへの招待」 (pp. 114-131). Tokyo: Simul Press.

Contributions to teachers’ resource books

Barnaby, R. (2017). Trivia Contests in English Classes: Points for Interesting and Funny Answers. In J. Rucynski, Jr. (Ed.), New Ways in Teaching With Humor (New Ways in TESOL) (pp. 61-63). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Broadbridge, J. (2017). Battle of the Planets. In E. Herrick & J. Arnold (Eds.), New Ways in Teaching With Music (New Ways in TESOL) (pp. 131-132). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

de Jong, M. (2017). Let’s Make Rhymes. In E. Herrick & J. Arnold (Eds.), New Ways in Teaching With Music (New Ways in TESOL) (pp. 121-122). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Dias, J. (2017). Aural to Visual: Turning Songs Into Tableau Vivant. In E. Herrick & J. Arnold (Eds.), New Ways in Teaching With Music (New Ways in TESOL) (pp. 74-75). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Dias, J. (2017). Pickup Lines in Courtship Rituals: Identifying and Classifying Them. In J. Rucynski, Jr. (Ed.), New Ways in Teaching With Humor (New Ways in TESOL) (pp. 91-95). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Dias, J. V. (2014). Exploring business concepts through tableaux vivants. In C. S. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.), New ways in teaching business English (New Ways in TESOL Series) (pp. 237-241). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Dias, J. V. (2014). Job center role-plays. In C. S. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.), New ways in teaching business English (New Ways in TESOL Series) (pp. 47-50). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Dias, J. V. (2014). Business Conference Simulations. In C. S. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.), New ways in teaching business English (New Ways in TESOL Series) (pp. 187-190). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Dias, J. V. (2014). Ethnographies of Workplaces. In C. S. Chan & E. Frendo (Eds.), New ways in teaching business English (New Ways in TESOL Series) (pp. 283-286). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Reimann, A. (2017). Using Comedy for Cross-Cultural Analysis. In J. Rucynski, Jr. (Ed.), New Ways in Teaching With Humor (New Ways in TESOL) (pp. 227-230). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Reimann, A. (2017). Understanding Humor for Global Marketing. In J. Rucynski, Jr. (Ed.), New Ways in Teaching With Humor (New Ways in TESOL) (pp. 277-281). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Strong, G.B. (2017). Wordplay Relay. In J. Rucynski, Jr. (Ed.), New Ways in Teaching With Humor (New Ways in TESOL) (pp. 109-111). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Strong, G.B. (2017). Captioned Comedy With Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. In J. Rucynski, Jr. (Ed.), New Ways in Teaching With Humor (New Ways in TESOL) (pp. 231-233). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Press.

Some recent publications

Dias, J. V. (2017). Sort/kind of at the peripheries: Metapragmatic play and complex interactional/ textual effects in scripted dialog. In N. Onodera (Ed.), Periphery: Where Pragmatic Meaning is Negotiated [Hatsuwa no Hajime to Owari: Goyoron teki Choosetsu no Nasareru Basho] (pp. 187-219). Tokyo: Hituzi Syobo.

Dias, J. V. (2017). Sort/kind of at the peripheries: Metapragmatic play and complex interactional/ textual effects in scripted dialog 「周辺部のsort/kind of ─ 台本の対話に見られるメタ語用論的遊びと複雑な相互作用/ テ クスト的効果」 (E. Iwai, Trans.). In N. Onodera (Ed.), Periphery: Where Pragmatic Meaning is Negotiated [Hatsuwa no Hajime to Owari: Goyoron teki Choosetsu no Nasareru Basho] (pp. 221-257). Tokyo: Hituzi Syobo.

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