Michael D. Smith

Michael D. Smith
Kwansei Gakuin University · School of International Studies

Doctorate Educational Research (Candidate); MA Applied Linguistics; MA Educational Technologies

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Introduction
A professionally-certified (qualified teacher status) lecturer and researcher with proven experience of delivering tertiary-level education within British, Japanese, and Korean settings. Currently employed at Kwansei Gakuin University, School of International Studies, facilitating English language learning at the undergraduate level. Michael's research interests include foreign language policy, the internationalisation of higher education, and social reproduction theory.
Additional affiliations
February 2013 - March 2018
The Republic of Korea Naval Academy
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
October 2010 - July 2011
New College Durham
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
January 2020 - December 2024
University of Bath
Field of study
  • Educational Research
October 2017 - September 2019
University College London
Field of study
  • Educational Technologies
October 2014 - September 2016
University of Portsmouth
Field of study
  • Applied Linguistics & TESOL

Publications

Publications (20)
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In Japan, neoliberal discourses rationalize English language proficiency as a pathway to meritocratic reward and success in the global knowledge economy. With this ideology in mind, this review engages the market orientation of English domestically and the causative implications of class-distinguished capital. Specifically, Bourdieu's theory of soc...
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With internationalisation continuing at an ever-increasing pace, Japan incentivises student mobility via study abroad (SA) programmes in the hope of cultivating the global human resources necessary for future economic growth. Against this background, proficiency in English emerges as a dominant linguistic and epistemic model, increasingly viewed as...
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This conceptual study examines the neoliberal knowledge economy as a dimension of globalisation policy within East Asian higher education. In exploring the practice of linguistic instrumentalisation, this inquiry aims to demonstrate the influence of English on the hereditary reproduction of social class. Calling on the theories of Pierre Bourdieu a...
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Through the market-based conception of neoliberal performativity, an interlocking set of socioeconomic agendas integrate higher education (HE) in state-level systems of production and accumulation. Within the scope of globalism, the capacity to develop competitive human capital emerges as a proxy indicator of achievement amongst institutions of hig...
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As global neoliberalism continues to take root, States aim to produce linguistically-skilled human capital to gain an advantage within highly-competitive market conditions. With this relationship in view, English language proficiency constitutes a 'rational' educational pathway for national and personal-level success within an outwardly meritocrati...
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As online education expands in the wake of recent global events, concerns over the privileging of dominant languages, cultures and epistemologies gain prominence. Despite the explicit biases and assumptions found within hegemonic learning contexts, however, inquiry within the domain of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) typically manifests...
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Experiential learning, in which knowledge acquisition occurs via as opposed to for task performance, represents a core principle of task-based language education. Against this background, virtual reality (VR) holds the potential to provide incidental learning experiences by facilitating communicative, socio-physical interactions across a host of la...
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Purpose: Following education’s recent and abrupt reliance on technology-mediated pedagogies, the novel coronavirus pandemic has, in many instances, highlighted the unpreparedness of learning institutions worldwide to implement effective online instruction. While practical quality considerations include content delivery, teacher training, equipment...
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This professional interest study analyses the near-synonymous verb pairings ‘move’ and ‘go’ and ‘fire’ and ‘shoot’ as employed in a military English context. Reference data was provided via a specialized military English corpus, which was compiled and measured against the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English using the Sketch Engine lexic...
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As demonstrated by the global, COVID-19-induced turn to educational technologies, the role of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) is continually evolving, leading to a requirement for evaluation of the medium in terms of both historical and contemporary perspectives. Traditionally, CALL manifests per three phases of development, namely, the...
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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the inability of the Japanese higher education system to adapt to widespread unexpected disruption. The limited metrics available to assess Japanese higher education’s response in the wake of the pandemic indicate several areas where the system needs to be strengthened. This paper aims to harness the ecological perspec...
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In Northeast Asia, as in many other regions, local administrations have interpreted English language acquisition as central to enhancing national competitiveness within the currently dominant neoliberal-financial paradigm. Against this background, this comparative analysis critically reviews the structural and ideological processes by which global...
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This pilot study sought to reveal identity-related conceptualizations of EFL use in Japanese media by employing a hermeneutic-constructivist process in which meaning emerged via the interdependence of researcher and subject. Specifically, the impetus of this small-scale qualitative inquiry was consideration of the potential negative impact of Japan...
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In recent years, educational research describing the sociological impact of the English language has drawn increasingly on the theories of Pierre Bourdieu to account for the mechanisms by which ELT imbricates in social stratification. Accordingly, this critical study takes as its analytical focus the Bourdieusian concepts of "habitus," "capital," a...
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This study critically examines the sociolinguistic positionality of the English language, as situated within The Republic of Korea, employing features of Robert Phillipson’s Linguistic Imperialism framework. Specifically, the primary investigatory aim of this inquiry is an exploration of local stakeholder perceptions concerning Centre-Periphery age...
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This paper critically reviews the pedagogical benefits and obstacles to applying CALL to military English learning in terms of the theories associated with CALL. The obstacles that hinder effective CALL practice in military settings can be attributable to a) a long-held behavioristic tradition for language learning such as rote memorization and rep...
Book
‘Readings for Naval English’ is an English for Specific Purposes (ESP) companion book, compiled by professors at the Korean Naval Academy and experienced participants of ROK-US Combined Operations, to provide an accurate understanding and awareness of the US Navy, and its relationship with the ROK Navy. This book consists of four individual section...
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This paper critically examines the major studies regarding both first (FLA) and second (SLA) language acquisition. In particular, the key similarities and differences between FLA and SLA are noted and described with regard to their relative significance. In doing so, the primary texts were analyzed in terms of psychological factors, cognitive proce...
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This critical literature review explores the effect of 'global' English on contemporary Korean society, specifically discussing the nation’s widespread adoption of English through the lens of Robert Phillipson's (1992) influential Linguistic Imperialism framework. Findings indicate that globalization, coupled with the infiltration of English into d...

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Projects (3)
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Ongoing research detailing the pedagogical and broader sociological implications of media and educational technologies, specifically computer-assisted language learning.
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Primary and theoretical research detailing the impact of Korean EFL policy on broader sociological fields, specifically drawing on the frameworks of linguistic imperialism and social reproduction.
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This ongoing project details the ongoing relationship between Japanese EFL policy and social stratification, drawing on theorists including Bourdieu, Foucault, and Phillipson.