Atsushi's research interests include second language writing, creative writing, writing poetry and haiku, literature in second language education, and teacher professional development. He is a co-editor of the book, International perspectives on creative writing in second language education: Supporting language learners' proficiency, identity and creative expression (Routledge, 2022). 

His current research projects involve the value of poetry writing in a second language, voice and identity in second language poetry writing, the use of haiku as reflective practice, and multi-genre research writing.  Throughout these projects, he has explored some potential impacts of using literary genres on second language learning.

His dissertation study entitled “Revisiting haiku: The contribution of composing haiku to L2 academic literacy development” addressed the issue of cross-genre literacy development in a second language: how haiku writing helps Japanese EFL students to develop academic literacy in a second language.

He has published his articles to various international journals: Qualitative Inquiry, System, Scientific Study of Literature, Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, English Teaching Forum, Assessing Writing, Asian EFL Journal.

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