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Yuri Kumagai

Senior Lecturer in Japanese

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Office Hours: Mondays 11 a.m.-noon; Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-noon; and by appointment

Yuri Kumagai has been teaching Japanese language to college students in the United States for more than 20 years. At Smith, she teaches all levels of Japanese language courses. Well-grounded in her training and expertise in applied linguistics, sociocultural theories and critical approach in foreign language education, she has been developing a project-based language learning curriculum by collaborating with other Japanese language teacher-researchers worldwide.

Kumagai has been active in presenting her research findings nationally and internationally, and her publications appear in numerous journals and in edited books both in English and in Japanese. She has co-edited three books, “Assessment and Japanese Language Education”(2010, Kuroshio Shuppan, Tokyo), “Japanese Language education for Global Citizens”(2011, Hituzi Syobo, Tokyo), and “Problematizing Intercultural Communicative competence: Toward Transcultural Communication Capacity” (2014, Coco Shuppan, Tokyo). She is currently writing an intermediate Japanese language textbook, “The Routledge Intermediate to Advanced Japanese Reader: A Genre-Based Approach to Reading as a Social Practice(forthcoming in 2015, Routledge), and co-editing two books, “Critical Content-Based Language Education” (forthcoming in 2014, Coco Shuppan) and “Multiliteracies in World Language Education” (forthcoming in 2015, Routledge).

Kumagai earned a doctoral degree in language, literacy and culture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests include: critical literacy and multiliteracies in foreign language, analysis of classroom discourse and interactions, and ideology and language.