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About Me

Junya FUKUTA, Ph.D.


Associate Professor at Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University

Adjunct Lecturer at Graduate School of Letter and Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Chuo University

 I was born in Miyagi prefecture, Japan, and raised in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. In 2016, I completed my doctoral dissertation at Nagoya University. I have taught at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Nagoya Zoukei University (part-time), the Language and Communication Research Centre at the University of Shizuoka, and Shizuoka University, Faculty of Education (full-time). I dedicated this time  to the exploration of the findings that have pedagogical implications for language teaching.
   After the experiences noted above, I moved to Tokyo and joined Chuo University as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering in 2019. Since 2020, I have also taught applied linguistics, language acquisition, and psycholinguistics at Housei University and Rikkyo University, and I have been an adjunct lecturer at the Graduate School of Letters, Chuo University. Around this time, I started to aspire to conduct research on language acquisition and processing with contributions to cognitive science.
 My main publications have been published in international journals such as Applied Linguistics, Second Language Research, Journal of Second Language Studies, Applied Psycholinguistics, IRAL – International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, System, Language Teaching Research, and Language Awareness.
 I am currently a self-professed linguist and cognitive scientist   as for my current research interests, please visit the research interest page.


Grants and Awards

2013 - 2016

Grant-in-Aid for Fellows of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

“学習者のスピーキング中における文法形式への注意と文法知識との有機的関連性の解明 (Elucidating the organic relationship between learners' attention to grammatical form and grammatical knowledge during speaking.)”

2021 - 2023

Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists

“Embodied Cognition and Linguistic Relativity: Perceptual Availability in Language Processing”

2022 - 2023

Joint-Research Grant, Chuo University

“Universality and cross-linguistic influences on the acquisition of unconscious linguistic knowledge”

Principal Investigator

with John Matthews, Shigenori Wakabayashi,  John Williams, Boping Yuan

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • The Japan Second Language Association

    • A steering Committee member

    • Editor-in-Chief of Second Language

  • Japan Society for Cognitive Psychology

  • The Japan Cognitive Linguistic Association

  • The Japan Society for Language Education & Technology

    • A steering Committee member

Refereeing Experience


Award for Encouragement of New Talent

Japan Association for Language Education & Technology


Other Activities Online

Major experience of teaching activities (selected)

  • English courses (English as specific purposes: science and engineering): Chuo University (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

  • Research on Humanities and Language Science I, II: Chuo University (Graduate School of Science and Engineering)

  • Seminar I, II (language acquisition): Chuo University (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

  • ​TESOL Studies: Chuo University (Graduate School of  Letters)

  • Applied Linguistics: Housei University (Faculty of Letters)

  • Language Acquisition I and II: Housei University (Faculty of Letters)

  • Second Language Acquisition: Housei University (Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies)

  • Psycholinguistics: Rikkyo University (College of Intercultural Communication)

  • Applied Linguistics (Oxford University Press), 2017

  • Canadian Modern Language Review (University of Toronto Press), 2018

  • Cognitive Processing (Springer), 2023

  • Foreign Language Annals (Wiley), 2021

  • Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (Nature), 2023

  • International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Wiley). 2022, 2023

  • IRAL - International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (De Gruyter), 2021, 2022

  • Journal of Second Language Studies (John Benjamins), 2022

  • Language Awareness (Taylor & Francis), 2020

  • Language Teaching Research (SAGE), 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022

  • Modern Language Journal (Wiley), 2019, 2022

  • PlosOne (Plos), 2021

  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (SAGE), 2024

  • Review of Education (British Educational Research Association), 2022

  • Scientific Reports (Nature), 2023

  • Studies in Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge University Press), 2023

  • System (Elsevier), 2019

  • TESOL Quarterly (Wiley), 2016


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