Yoshiko Mori


Associate Professor; Japanese Language Coordinator


Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
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TR 2:00-4:30 pm


Yoshiko Mori is Associate Professor and Director of the Japanese Language Program in Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown University. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and an advanced certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), an MA in applied linguistics from Ohio University, and a BA and an AA in English studies from Nanzan University.

Dr. Mori’s specialization is in second-language learning and instruction from a psycholinguistics perspective. Her publications include her work on cross-linguistic influences on vocabulary/kanji learning, the roles of metacognitive/metalinguistic awareness in language learning, individual differences, and heritage language learning in book chapters and major journals including Reading Research Quarterly, Language Learning, Modern Language Journal, Applied Psycholinguistics, Foreign Language Annals, Language Teaching, and Japanese Language and Literature.

Over the past twenty years, Dr. Mori has taught numerous college-level Japanese language courses from introductory to advanced levels and courses in Japanese linguistics, second language learning, and research methodology at various institutions including Ohio University, UIUC, Georgetown University, and Columbia University. Before moving to the U.S. for graduate studies, she taught English as a foreign language in private and public high schools in Japan.


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  • Ph.D. (1996) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Educational Psychology
  • Advanced Certificate (1996) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Second language Acquisition and Teacher Education
  • MA (1991) Ohio University, Applied Linguistics
  • BA (1983) Nanzan University, British and American Studies
  • AA (1980) Nanzan Junior College, English


  • Japanese (speak, read, write)