Nearly four decades have passed since the Institute for Language and Education Research (Gogaku Kyōiku Kenkyūjo, Goken) was established in 1983 as an accredited body of Daitō Bunka University’s Foreign Language Department. The research conducted by the members of the institute primarily focuses on foreign language education and linguistics but also includes cultural studies. Every two years, six to eight members of the Faculty of Foreign Languages are accepted as researchers of this institute representing the following five languages: Chinese, English, French, German, and Japanese.
Every year, the institute publishes two periodicals: The Journal of the Institute for Language and Education Research (Gogaku Kyōiku Kenkyū Ronsō), and Contributions Towards Research and Education of Language (Gogaku Kyōiku Fōramu). Furthermore, the institute issues the bulletin “Goken Shohō“, which describes all activities conducted at the institute throughout the preceding academic year. More details can be found in other sections of the institute’s homepage.
Furthermore, every member of the institute presents his or her latest research once a year in one of the research meetings (kenkyū happyōkai). Finally, the representatives of each of the five languages mentioned above organize annual guest lectures (kōenkai). On average, the institute coordinates four research meetings with two presentations each and five lectures that are open to all members of the university and guests.
The institute regularly accepts off-campus researchers or scholars from overseas, who are often involved in joint research projects with some of the institute’s researchers or other members of the faculty. In addition to various Japanese faculty members, the institute currently enjoys a broader international atmosphere with scholars from China, France, Germany, and New Zealand represented among its members and steering committee.
The various subpages of our homepage offer a more in-depth view of the activities of our institute. Inquiries should be sent to “daitogoken[at]mail.com”.
Professor Christian W. Spang (Goken Chairperson 2019-21)