Yuko Goto Butler is Associate Professor of Language and Literacy in Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are primarily associated with the improvement of second and foreign language education among young learners in the U.S. as well as in Asia in response to the diverse needs of an increasingly global world. Dr. Butler has been interested in identifying effective ESL/EFL teaching and learning methods and strategies that take into account the relevant linguistic and cultural contexts in which instruction takes place. She is also interested in how we can effectively assess children’s second/foreign language proficiency and how best to evaluate the effectiveness of various programs and policies for language education. Her most recent project examines various issues that have arisen in conjunction with the introduction of English language instruction at the elementary school level in select Asian countries.
Foreign language education at elementary schools in Japan: Searching for solutions amidst growing diversification, Current Issues in Language Planning (2007)
Second Language Learners' Theories on the Use of English Articles: An Analysis of the Metalinguistic Knowledge Used by Japanese Students in Acquiring the English Article System., GSE Publications (2002)
Although it is well known that many second language (L2) learners have trouble using articles...