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Gavin Brooks

International Studies Assistant Professor

Gavin Brooks


Gavin Brooks is an Assistant Professor at NUCB. His main research interests are corpus linguistics, the acquisition of Second Language (L2) vocabulary and multi-word expressions, and English as an Additional Language (EAL) learner needs. Through this research, Gavin aims to use learner corpora to better understand how L2 vocabulary acquisition occurs and the relationship between proficiency and vocabulary usage in spoken and written English. This includes a focus on the type of vocabulary, and multiword expressions, international students are likely to need in the English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) context. His research has appeared in several journals both in Japan and overseas, including Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching. His research has been funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Research Interests

Corpus linguistics, Vocabulary acquisition, English as an Additional Language

Final Education

M.A., University of New England

Academic Papers

  • Gavin Brooks (2021) Exploring the Importance of Vocabulary for English as an Additional Language Learners’ Reading Comprehension. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching 11 (2) :2084-1965
  • Gavin Brooks (2020) Vocabulary Usage in Second Language Presentations. Teacher Efficacy, Learner Agency


  • (2021) Investigating the Impact of Learner Proficiency on Their Usage of Vocabulary and Multi-word Expressions: A Longitudinal Multi-modal Corpus. JSPS Co-researcher
  • (2021) Spoken and Written Vocabulary in High-stakes Assessments: The Impact of Lexical Choices at Different IELTS Proficiency Levels. JSPS Co-researcher
  • (2020) Addressing the issue of assessing English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners: Developing and validating a word list and Vocabulary Levels Test for EAL learners. JSPS Primary Researcher
  • (2020) Acquisition and decay: The long-term impact of study abroad on receptive vocabulary knowledge and lexical diversity. JSPS Co-researcher