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Ema Ushioda





Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 765 23808

Research Interests

As a person of Japanese heritage born and raised in Ireland, I have had a longstanding interest in language, culture and identity, particularly in motivational perspectives on engaging with different languages and cultures. Much of my research revolves around issues of motivation and autonomy in language learning and their implications for classroom practice and teacher education. My preference is for qualitative methods of inquiry.


I have been working in language education and language teacher education since 1982, and have taught in Japan, Ireland and the UK. I obtained my PhD in 1996 from Trinity College, Dublin, where I also coordinated a research-and-development project to set up institution-wide language programmes, and then pursued postdoctoral research funded by Atlantic Philanthropies to promote language learner autonomy in Irish secondary schools. This project involved designing and evaluating a version of the Council of Europe's European Language Portfolio. I moved to Warwick in 2002 where I have been teaching primarily on our MA and PhD courses. I became Director of Graduate Studies in 2013, before taking up the role of Director of the Centre in September 2018.

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  • Ushioda, Ema, Dörnyei, Z., 2017. Beyond global English : motivation to learn languages in a multicultural world : Introduction to the Special Issue. Modern Language Journal, 101 (3), pp. 451-454, View
Books and Chapters
  • Ushioda, Ema, 2018. Motivation and multilingualism. In: Singleton, D.; Aronin, L.; (ed.), Twelve Lectures on Multilingualism, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, pp. 179-211, View
  • Ushioda, Ema, 2015. Context and complex dynamic systems theory. In: Dörnyei, Zoltán; MacIntyre, Peter D.; Henry, Alastair; (ed.), Motivational dynamics in language learning, Bristol ; Buffalo, Multilingual Matters, pp. 47-54, View
  • Harsch, Claudia, Ushioda, Ema, Ladroue, Christophe, 2016. Investigating the predictive validity of TOEFL iBT® scores and their use in informing policy in a UK university setting, TOEFL® COE, Report, View

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