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John Racine

Research student, Centre for Language and Communication Research, School of English, Communication and Philosophy


Academic Background

B.Sc. in Psychology – University of Toronto
M.A. in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language –  University of Birmingham

Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)
Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET)
Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics (PAAL)
British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other  Languages International Association (TESOL)

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

Priming in Second Language Word Association.  Lexical Studies Research Network Conference  2013; Cardiff University, UK (March 20, 2013).

Word Association Profiles and Language Learning Strategies. The 22nd  Vocabulary Acquisition Research Group Conference; Swansea University, UK (March  17, 2012).

Replicating Rabbits: Toward a Comprehensive Categorization of Word Association Responses. The 1st Annual JALT Vocabulary SIG Symposium; Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka (March 3, 2012)

Cognitive Processes in Grammatical Word Associations. The 20th Vocabulary Acquisition Research Group Conference; Swansea University, UK (March  18, 2010).

Grammatical Word Associations and Processes.  The 6th Annual Meeting of the JACET  Vocabulary Acquisition Research SIG; Reitaku University, Tokyo (December 5,  2009).

Cognitive Processes in Atypical Word Associations.  The 34th JALT International  Conference on Language Teaching and Learning; Tokyo (November 2, 2008).

Word Association and Cognitive Processes.  The 3rd Annual Colloquium of the  Shinshu ELT Research Group; Shinshu University, Matsumoto (March 4, 2007).

Word Association and the Second Language Mental Lexicon.  General Meeting of JALT, Ibaraki Chapter;  Tsuchiura (December 10, 2006).


I have been an English language teacher in Japan  for more than 15 years and have taught in a variety of contexts and to learners  at a variety of proficiency levels.  I  currently hold the position of Associate Professor in the Interdepartmental  English Language Program at Dokkyo University, Japan, where I teach English for  General Academic Purposes to Japanese natives majoring in German, French, Law,  Economics and Management.


Research interests

Word association, L2 vocabulary acquisition, lexical organization and processes


Second Language Word Association: Processes and Methodologies

I am interested in using word association (WA) response data to make inferences about cognitive processes in language learners. Ultimately, I hope to create a model that accounts for both L2 lexical processes and the organization of L2 vocabulary in the mental lexicon. At the same time I wish to examine methodological issues (response categorization, cue order, etc.) that underpin all WA research.


Alison Wray

Professor Alison Wray

Research Professor