DELE Members

The Division of English Language Education (DELE) at Kyoto University is composed of a team of dedicated educators from five countries with over 200 years of combined teaching and research experience!

Tim Stewart

I am a professor in the ILAS. I have been teaching undergraduate and graduate students at Kyoto University since 2008 and helped to create the original plan for the i-ARRC. In the past, I’ve done a lot of work for the TESOL International Association in the United States as a book and journal editor. Currently, I am concentrating on helping my students improve their academic writing. In addition, I am busy developing English writing and listening course materials for Kyoto University students together with my outstanding colleagues in the DELE.


Yosuke Yanase

I joined i-ARRC in ILAS at Kyoto University as a professor in April 2019. After 20 years as a teacher educator at my alma mater, Hiroshima University, I decided to become a “reflective practitioner.” My research orientation is theoretical, qualitative and pragmatic. I constantly update my Japanese blog to share my knowledge, less frequently my English one. I analyze language teaching practice using philosophical frameworks. What inspires me is the epistemologies of Wittgenstein, Arendt, Luhmann, Bruner, Damasio, and lately Artificial Intelligence. I also use Twitter to spread enlightening words. If interested, please take a look at them.

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Self-introduction as an adjunct instructor at the Graduate School:

KU's DB on Education and Research Activities:

David Dalsky

Hello! I am an associate professor and a founding member of the i-ARRC in the ILAS at KU, where I have been teaching since 2007. I’m also an adjunct instructor for the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies for which I mentor graduate students and teach a course related to intercultural communication. I have published over 30 book chapters and papers internationally in cross-(cultural) psychology and applied linguistics and enjoy using technology in the classroom to work collaboratively with students.



Toshiyuki Kanamaru

I am interested in quantitative approaches to foreign language education. In particular, I have been studying foreign language education by combining knowledge of multiple fields such as linguistics and natural language processing. Especially, my current interests include academic writing instruction and the evaluation of curricula and teachers.

Yosuke Sasao

I am interested in second language vocabulary acquisition, pedagogical grammar, language assessment, and English for Academic Purposes. I am conducting research on second/foreign language education and learning based on empirical evidence, and am trying to contribute to both the theories and the practices in this field.



Daisuke Yokomori

I am an associate professor in the ILAS at Kyoto University, where I am mainly engaged in teaching courses for academic writing/listening. My academic background is in Interactional Linguistics, which explores various linguistic and discursive phenomena in connection with their interactional contexts. With regards to both teaching and research, I put emphasis on the importance of understanding linguistic expressions and rhetorical structures from the viewpoint of their communicative implications.


Emi Izumi

I have been teaching academic writing classes since 2020. My primary research interest is learner language analysis using learner corpora (databases of languages spoken/written by language learners). The NICT JLE Corpus, a spoken corpus of Japanese learner English, is one of the project works in my previous career ( Also, I’ve been working on the creation of test and learning tasks based on the CAN-DO descriptors of the CEFR-J (a modified version of the CEFR for English education in Japan.


John Rylander

I am a lecturer in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS) and have been a faculty member in the International Academic Research and Resource Center ( i-ARRC) since 2014. I received a Masters degree in Writing from the New School for Social Research, a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i, and a Phd in Applied Linguistics from Temple University. I have three decades of experience as a teacher and have conducted courses at universities in China, the United States, and Japan. My current instructional focus for undergraduate students is on developing learner abilities in academic research and writing and at the graduate level in presenting academic content in public forums. My research interests and publications are in second language pragmatics, language assessment, and conversation analysis.

Daniel Milne


Good to meet you. I have been a Lecturer at ILAS for over five years. I enjoy helping students to become better able to learn from and communicate their ideas across lingual and national borders, while being socially and politically engaged in the world. My research interests are in the history of tourism, war memory, and Kyoto studies, and in the writing of academic papers.



Catherine LeBlanc

I am a Senior Lecturer in the i-ARRC where I have taught academic writing and discussion since 2016. My primary research interests include internationalization initiatives and policies in Japanese higher education, but I am also interested in autonomous learner behavior and meta-cognitive skills development. As a teacher, I aim to create a welcoming classroom environment and facilitate students in becoming self-directed learners.




David Lees

My name is David Lees, and I am a Lecturer in the ILAS Department at Kyoto University. My research interests are Constructive Alignment, Materials Creation, and Curriculum Design, all of which are underpinned by my belief that education should serve a functional, useful, applicable purpose for learners’ future growth and development.


Sara Schipper

I am a Senior Lecturer in the i-ARRC, where I have been teaching since 2016. I have over 20 years of teaching experience, mostly at universities in Japan. My research interests lie in theoretical linguistics, social science, and gender issues in higher education. In the classroom, I strive to empower students to be active, autonomous learners. I devote much of my time to the creation of materials for teaching academic writing and oral presentations. 



Tanya McCarthy


My name is Tanya McCarthy and I am a lecturer in the ILAS Department at Kyoto University. I have been teaching and advising students on how to improve their English for 20 years. My research interest is Learner Autonomy. I believe that it is important for students to use English inside and outside the classroom to improve their language proficiency. My current research project examines real-life dialogue and interactions that can enhance the learning experience.



Ryuichi Sato


I joined i-ARRC in ILAS at Kyoto University in the 2024 academic year. I aim to instill a genuine passion for writing across diverse genres and to assist students in navigating the complexities of international academic communication. My research centers on English writing within the context of foreign language education, examining it through the diverse perspectives of sociology, ecology, and educational psychology. I am also actively involved in teacher training for elementary and middle schools. If you're interested in discussing the challenges of learning English, navigating a career path in the school education field, or exploring global research opportunities, please don't hesitate to drop by and chat with me.

Aya Yoshida

I am a Lecturer in the ILAS and teach academic writing classes. I studied English and American literature at the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies here at Kyoto University, and received my Ph.D. on modern American poetry. My research interests focus on William Carlos Williams and his contemporaries, such as Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, and W. H. Auden. As a passionate learner of languages, I enjoy practicing French, Italian, and modern Greek. As a teacher, I genuinely believe that language skills and cultural knowledge are inseparable. Let’s explore the rich aspects of today’s lingua franca!