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Matsunaga, Yumiko Senior Instructor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Matsunaga's research is focused on issues that foreign language learners face, such as identity construction, participation framework, and community building. Ever since her dissertation work, she has been researching foreign language housing (FLH), a form of special university housing for language learners. FLH has increasingly attracted attention among both foreign language educators and second language acquisition (SLA) researchers who have been dedicated to understanding language learning and the development of language competency in community learning settings for the last decade. Her FLH research focuses on the complex interactions/configurations of each participant’s unique expectations and contributions to this setting. Currently, she is working with fellow researchers for the edited volume of foreign language housing research.

keywords

  • Teaching Japanese as a second/foreign langauge, Japanese linguistics, second language acquisition

Publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • JPNS 1010 - Beginning Japanese 1
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Provides a thorough introduction to modern Japanese, emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a cultural context.
  • JPNS 1020 - Beginning Japanese 2
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    Continuation of JPNS 1010.
  • JPNS 2110 - Intermediate Japanese 1
    Secondary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Continued study of oral and written modern Japanese in a cultural context.
  • JPNS 2120 - Intermediate Japanese 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    Continuation of JPNS 2110.
  • JPNS 3110 - Advanced Japanese 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Enhances student competence and performance in Japanese language in a holistic and integrative manner.
  • JPNS 3120 - Advanced Japanese 2
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Continuation of JPNS 3110. Enhances student competence and performance in Japanese language in a holistic and integrative manner.
  • JPNS 4110 - Advanced Readings in Modern Japanese 1
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Surveys a variety of material written in modern Japanese, including texts from literature, the social sciences, religion, and cultural history. Emphasizes content and style. Texts and selections vary from year to year.
  • JPNS 4120 - Advanced Readings in Modern Japanese 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Continuation of JPNS 4110. Texts and selections vary from year to year.
  • JPNS 5980 - Practical Issues in Japanese Language Pedagogy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on practical issues in Japanese language pedagogy for students who will serve as teaching assistants in Japanese language class. Examines the connection between theory and practice as well as practical methods for teaching Japanese. Discusses how to teach Japanese as a second language in a communicative approach and how to assess student language learning. Knowledge of Modern Japanese at the level of JPNS 4120 is required. Same as JPNS 4980.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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