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Yuri Kumagai
Senior Lecturer in Japanese

email Send E-mail office Office: Dewey Hall 209 phone Phone: 585-3478
Office Hours: M 1–3 p.m. or by appointment

Yuri Kumagai has been teaching Japanese language to college students in the United States for 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 two books, “Japanese Language education for Global Citizens” (2011, Hituzi Syobo, Tokyo) and “Assessment and Japanese Language Education” (2010, Kuroshio Shuppan, Tokyo). She is currently writing an intermediate Japanese language textbook,“A Japanese Reader: Reading as a Social Practice” (forthcoming in 2014, Routledge),  and co-editing two books, “Problematizing Intercultural Communicative Competence:Toward Transcultural Communication Capacity”, and “Critical Content-Based Language Education,” both to be published by Koko Shuppan in 2014.

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.