About

(Last updated 9.6.2017)

Originally from a small town outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A., I have lived in Japan for over 15 years. During this time I have taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at a range of levels and contexts and worked to develop a thorough understanding of the needs of English language learners. I have taught full-time at the university level since 2006 and received tenure in 2013 as a founding member of the English Education Research Center at Kobe College in Nishinomiya, Japan where I currently work as an Associate Professor.

Besides being actively involved in program management, curriculum development, and classroom teaching, I have also pursued a wide range of scholarly research interests. At the moment, I am most interested in applied linguistics research on second language (L2) speaking development and assessment. I also maintain active interest in the areas of task-based language teaching (TBLT), Rasch measurement, L2 vocabulary testing, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), instructional technology, and information literacy instruction.

I received my M.A. in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University in 2005 and my M.L.I.S from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Temple University Japan Graduate College of Education where I am working to complete my dissertation entitled “The development of interactive English speaking abilities in a Japanese university context.”

米国ミシガン州アナーバー近郊出身。日本滞在歴15年ほど。これまで多様な目的を持った様々なレベルの英語学習者を対象に英語教授に携わり、英語学習者に必要な学習事項に対する理解を深めるべく研究を続けている。2006年から大学で教え始め、2013年神戸女学院大学(兵庫県西宮市)共通英語教育研究センターの設立に関わり、終身在職権を得る。現在、神戸女学院大学准教授。

英語プログラム運営やカリキュラム作成に積極的に関わり、実際に授業を担当する以外に、幅広い分野での学術研究を続けている。近年、最も興味を持っているのは、応用言語学における第二言語習得過程とその評価に関する研究である。また、タスク・ベース言語習得(TBLT)、Rasch測定、第二言語語彙試験法、コンピューター支援言語習得(CALL)、言語教授に関するテクノロジー、情報リテラシー(情報活用能力)教授法などについても、積極的に興味を維持している。

2005年イースタンミシガン大学にてTESOL(第二外国語としての英語教育)修士号取得。2011年ウィスコンシン大学ミルウォーキー校にてMLIS(図書館情報学修士号)取得。現在、テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス大学院教育学研究科博士課程に在学中で、「日本の大学における相互作用の英語スピーキング能力の発達」と題する博士号論文を執筆中。

Publications

2017

McDonald, K. (2017). [Review of TBLT 2017: The 7th International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching]. Taking It To Task, 2(1), 3-6.

Kawagoe, E., McDonald, K., & Shirai, Y. (2017). A portrait of Kobe College (2nd ed.). Tokyo, Japan: Kodansha Scientific Ltd.

2016

McDonald, K., & Asaba, M. (2016). 'I don't know' use and guessing on the bilingual Japanese Vocabulary Size Test: Clarifications and limitations. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, 5(1), 34-39. Available online here.

2015

McDonald, K., & Asaba, M. (2015). 'I don't know' use and guessing on the bilingual Japanese Vocabulary Size Test: A preliminary report. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, 4(1), 16-25. Available online here.

McDonald, K. (2015). Connecting academic library users to virtual reference services. 2015 International Business & Education Conference Proceedings, 574.1-574.6. Available online here.

McDonald, K. (2015). The potential impact of guessing on monolingual and bilingual versions of the Vocabulary Size Test. Osaka JALT Journal, 2, 44-61. Available online here.

McDonald, K. (2015). Re-envisioning libraries for training and literacy development. Procedia - Social and Behaviorial Sciences, 176, 504-508. Available online here.

McDonald, K. (2015). Chapters: 2-1) Communication in English (GE100ab) (pp. 13-16), 3-3) English Zone (pp. 61-62), 4-1.3) 受容語彙サイズとTOEIC scoresの相関性の研究 (pp. 68-69), 4-3) 個人研究 (pp. 72-73) in 神戸女学院大学 共通英語教育研究センター 活動報告書, Vol. 1. Nishinomiya, Japan: Kobe College English Education Research Center.

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Presentations

2017

McDonald, K. (2017, November). Validation of analytic rating scales using MFRM. Paper to be presented at the JALT 2017 Conference, Tsukuba International Congress Center, Ibaraki, Japan.

McDonald, K. (2017, August). Video-recorded discussion and reflection tasks for language learning. Paper presented at the IETC 2017 Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

McDonald, K., & Asaba, M. (2017, June). Student perceptions of video-recorded group discussion and reflection tasks. Paper presented at the JALT CALL 2017 Conference, Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan.

McDonald, K. (2017, April). A many-facet Rasch analysis of the functioning of established rating scales for lower-proficiency L2 speakers. Paper presented at the TBLT 2017 Conference, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

McDonald, K. (2017, March). Improving the statistical functioning of CAF rating scales for lower-proficiency L2 speakers. Paper presented at the 4th Global Arts and Science Society Conference, Peking University, Shenzhen, China.

2016

McDonald, K., Ballou, K., Kim, M., & Deguchi, M. (2016, November). Assessing speaking in a general English program. Paper presented at the JALT 2016 Conference, Aichi Industry and Labor Center, Nagoya, Japan.

McDonald, K. (2016, September). Are CAF rating scales viable for lower proficiency L2 speakers? Paper presented at the Pacific Second Language Research Forum 2016, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan.

McDonald, K. (2016, June). Exploring the viability of established rating scales for lower proficiency L2 speakers. Paper presented at the 3rd Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia Conference, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan.

2015

McDonald, K. (2015, November). Factors influencing Vocabulary Size Test estimates. Paper presented at the JALT 2015 Conference, Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center "Granship", Shizuoka City, Japan.

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Teaching

I am currently teaching the following courses offered in the General Education English program at Kobe College:

GE100ab - Communication in English

GE101ab - Communication in English II

Students, please refer to your class syllabus for course-related information and links.

 

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