第二言語習得学会 The Japan Second Language Association

Greetings from the President

Research into second/foreign language acquisition has begun to attract far more attention among a broader audience than it used to, bringing about a substantial increase in significance to the kind of theoretically-driven empirical research that we conduct. Just as society in general benefits from a broad-based understanding of the distinction between “the myth of alchemy” and “the reality of chemistry,” so too can the insights gained from our work benefit society at large. As clearly stated in the Association’s “Main Objectives,” we aim to reveal, by scientific means, the mechanisms of second language acquisition, independent of their application to foreign language teaching. At their core, the findings from our investigations serve to elucidate characteristics of human cognition. What we must do now is to gain the attention of society in general, raise awareness of the significance of our research, promote interest in the field, and above all share our findings with young people, encouraging them to become engaged and involved in pursuing research along with us, thereby ensuring future advances and a healthy scientific community.

Shigenori Wakabayashi
President of the Japan Second Language Association
Professor, Chuo University

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