Assistant Professor KATO Makiko

Affiliations :

  • Graduate School Faculty of Arts and Letters
  • Division of Department of Integrated Human Sciences
  • Psychology and Linguistics Course
  • Department of Linguistics

Research on the instruction of summarization and its assessment

The ability to accurately and concisely convey information that has been heard or read is an important ability in our daily lives. However, reporting information word for word is impossible due to the limited capacity of working memory. To summarize the information, we carry out the mental operation of compressing it as much as possible, and we express the information by speaking or writing in our own words.
I have been engaged in English education for many years, so my research interest is in the application to English education. Summary writing is considered an essential element of academic literacy in studying English as a Foreign Language (EFL). However, it is also recognized as difficult to learn because it requires abilities such as reading comprehension and writing in English, as well as the skill to organize information, and metacognitive competence. Since the evaluation of this complex summarization ability involves measurement of various skills and abilities, it is essential to verify its reliability and validity. I am studying effective instruction of summarization in English education and evaluation of summary writing that is practical, reliable, and valid for English teachers.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Personal History
    Completed master’s program at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Completed doctoral program at the Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics, Sophia University

    English teacher at public junior high schools in Aichi, prefectural senior high schools in Aichi, St. Ursula Eichi High School (part- time), Meisei University (part-time) , Chiba University (part-time), Waseda University (part-time), Research Assistant at Sophia Linguistic Institute for International Communication
    Ph.D. (Linguistics)
    Foreign language education; English education; Language testing; Applied linguistics
    Research Subject
    1) Study of effective instruction on summary writing for EFL learners
    2) Study of validity and reliability in assessing summary writing
    Instruction of Summary writing; assessing summary writing; ability of summary writing; metacognitive strategies
    Sophia University Linguistic Society
    Japan Language Testing Association (JLTA)
    International Language Testing Association (ILTA)
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Academic Papers
    1) Kato, Makiko. Summarization in English as a Foreign Language: A Study Comparing L2 Summary Performances to Summarizer’s L2 Vocabulary Size and L1 Summarizing Skill. English Language Teaching 14(5), 77-88. DOI: 10.5539/elt.v14n5p77. April 2021.

    2) Kato, Makiko. Exploring the Transfer Relationship of Summarizing Skills in L1 and L2. English Language Teaching 11(10), 75-87. DOI: 10.5539/elt.v11n10p75. November 2018.

    3) Kato, Makiko. Good and Poor Summary Writers’ Strategies: The Case of Japanese High School EFL Learners. Journal of Language Teaching and Research 9(6), 1199-1208. DOI: 10.17507/jltr.0906.09. November 2018.

    4) Kato, Makiko. Providing Comprehension Clues in L1 to Japanese EFL Summary Writers: Do they help? International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature 7(5), 12-21. DOI: 10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.7n.5p.12. September 2018.