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Yoshiko Mori


Associate Professor; Japanese Language Coordinator


Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
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+1 202-687-5098




306J ICC

Office hours

TR 2:45-4:30 pm


I feel privileged to be the Coordinator of the Japanese Language Program at Georgetown because I can create a foreign language program about which I have always dreamed. Due to my academic background, I have a very strong commitment to the quality of foreign language education. I received a BA in English from Nanzan University, an MA in applied linguistics from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My entire training focused on the theories and practice of language learning. My position gives me an excellent opportunity to apply my expertise and experience to the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language.

Learning Japanese is both an intellectual and cultural challenge, but a very rewarding one. We make our program exciting by combining linguistic and cultural studies. Our language instruction emphasizes the development of fundamental learning skills in both oral and written communication. Intensive language courses focus on the learning of basic vocabulary and grammar through various speaking, reading, and writing activities. Advanced language courses continue to provide integrated training, using authentic written Japanese materials. In our teaching, we also incorporate various out-of-classroom activities, including multimedia and internet technologies, to encourage students to independently increase their knowledge of Japanese.

I mainly teach advanced reading courses and linguistics courses at Georgetown, but I enjoy teaching other courses, too. Before starting my graduate studies, I had taught English in both private and public high schools in Japan for almost seven years. During my graduate studies, I taught Japanese as a foreign language ranging from introductory to superior levels. Teaching is very time-consuming, but I feel rewarded when I see students motivated to learn whatever I teach.

My research interests are in second language acquisition and instruction from a psycholinguistics perspective. I am particularly intrigued by issues related to second language reading and learner perception, especially in the acquisition of kanji (i.e., characters borrowed from Chinese into Japanese). My research focuses on the effects of first language on kanji recognition, kanji learning strategies, and the role of metalinguistic and/or metacognitive awareness in language learning. Currently, I am investigating individual differences in vocabulary learning strategies.


  • B.A. () Nanzan University, English
  • M.A. () Ohio University, Applied Linguistics
  • Ph.D. () University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Educational Psychology


  • Japanese (speak, read, write)