Naoe KAWAKAMI, Lecturer
Subjects: Special lecture on applied teaching Japanese.
Research fields: My research field is the historical study of Japanese language education. In particular,I am interested in the historical progress of Japanese language education in China. I currently analyze educational materials and curriculum, etc., based on the history and social systems in China from the 1930s to 60s. I am also concerned with the practice research on Japanese language education.
Miho SAITO, Associate Professor
Subjects: Special lecture on means of teaching Japanese.
Research fields: I am currently researching modern Japanese grammar, including regional dialects.In addition, I have a strong interest in the field of teaching/learning Japanese as a foreign/second language. I am planning to carry out researches on teaching methods and coursework of Japanese based on the result of the research on Japanese grammar and my own practice of teaching Japanese.
Junko TANAKA, Professor
Subjects: Special lecture on second language acquisition (SLA) theory.
Research fields: Her research interests include the role of feedback and output in SLA processes andthe role of individual differences in SLA such as age, language aptitude, and motivation. Her current research project deals with how a concept in a second language (L2) that does not exist in the learners’first language (L1) can be correctly or incorrectly segmented and mapped onto L2 morphology. She is also interested in classroom SLA as well as SLA in naturalistic or multilingual contexts.
Sooyun PARK, Lecturer
Subjects: Teaching Japanese as a Second Language (Content).
Research fields: My research interests focus on modern Japanese language. My current research projects deal with the adverbs that indicate different meanings and functions according to whether the predicate is affirmative or negative. I am also interested in Japanese in immigrant societies and grammatical studies with the insights into Japanese education.
Fumiko FUJINAMI, Professor
Subjects: Special lecture on translation studies.
Research fields: The main themes are general practical theories on using translation for intercultural communication, and how to adapt it in detail to actual translation (especially between Japanese,German and English). I also have a keen interest in how to realize translations across cultural differences, and what effect the audience, media and goal have on translation work.
Hideo YUASA, Professor
Subjects: Special lecture on forms of commonly used words.
Research fields: I am interested in what sort of syntax is preferred in Japanese and English, German etc.What effect it has on a native speaker’s thought process, and what purpose it serves in communication.Another goal is a typology-based look at the similarities and shared points between languages.
Koichi YONEMOTO, Professor
Subjects: Special lecture on Rhetorical Communication Theory.
Research fields: I am interested in the uses of figures of speech (rhetoric) to convey thoughts and emotions effectively. I deal with anything that uses words to express something, such as daily conversation, newspapers, magazines, advertisements and so forth. I particularly have an interest in the rhetoric used in literature, especially fictional works.