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Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Yuki Yoshimura

Senior Lecturer
Japanese Language Program Coordinator
Language Teaching & Research Lab Co-chair

Contact Information

Location: Herter 329
Phone:(413) 545-4593


Courses taught

Japanese 110 Non-Intensive Elementary Japanese I
Japanese 120 Non-Intensive Elementary Japanese II
Japanese 326 Intensive Intermediate Japanese I
Japanese 375/593B Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
Japanese 497B Contemporary Japanese I
Japanese 580 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language

Topics of independent studies (graduate level) include:
Second Language Acquisition Research
Business Japanese
Current News in Japan
JLPT 1-kyu, JLPT 2-kyu

Topics of Capstone Honors Thesis include:
Online Japanese language learning
Code switching in Japanese and English

Topics of MA thesis include:
Vocabulary acquisition using extensive reading


Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University


Yuki Yoshimura received her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include second language sentence processing, speech fluency, task effectiveness, Japanese pedagogy, and children’s first-language acquisition. Teaching responsibilities include Japanese Language (1st year to graduate level), Japanese Linguistics, and Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language. Some recent articles with B. MacWhinney include “The use of pronominal case in English sentence interpretation” (2010), and “Honorifics as a socio-cultural verb agreement cue in Japanese” (2010).

Research Interests

Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Japanese Pedagogy, Japanese Linguistics