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Keiko Kuriyama « Faculty

Japanese language program coordinator
Keiko Kuriyama Assistant Professor, EALC

kkuriyam at
Goodbody Hall 223
(812) 855-3124


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I grew up in Chiba, Japan, which is where I also began my postsecondary education. In the U.S., I completed my B.A and went on to get my M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics at the University at Buffalo (State University of New York). Before coming to IU in the fall of 2008, I taught at the University at Buffalo, Princeton University and Randolph College (formerly Randolph-Macon Women’s College).

My goal as a teacher is to help my students discover the joy of language-learning and to make them life-long Japanese language users. I believe students are most motivated to learn foreign languages when they participate in language-learning activities that they find interesting, enjoyable, and practically useful. While motivation is critical to successful language-learning, intellectually stimulating and practically useful activities do not always adequately promote language accuracy. For this reason, my approach to teaching combines aspects of several different methods: I not only employ communicative and content- and task-based instructional techniques and materials, but also provide explicit linguistic instruction.

My research interests are in linguistics and second language pedagogy, and my current research in pedagogy is closely connected to my approach to teaching.  I am developing a content- and task-based model for teaching foreign language to beginning- and intermediate-level postsecondary students. My current linguistics research is on spoken language processing in Japanese. In my study, I use elicited speech errors both to challenge the view that the mora is the fundamental rhythmic unit of spoken language processing in Japanese and to support the view that there are universal, underlying cognitive mechanisms for speech production planning (an aspect of spoken language processing).