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Hiroko Yamashita

Department Chair
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts
Professor

585-475-6074
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Hiroko Yamashita

Department Chair
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
College of Liberal Arts
Professor

Education

BA, University of Southern Mississippi; MA, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Currently Teaching

MLJP-351
3 Credits
This course aims to introduce students to modern Japanese society, its rich cultural heritage, and the use of Japanese language that reflects the societal norms. It provides students with a fundamental yet diverse knowledge of Japanese culture and Japanese language use. Course work will include lectures, readings, discussions, and working with multi-media resources. Knowledge of Japanese helpful but not necessary.
MLJP-410
3 Credits
This course teaches specialized terminology and linguistic structures important for communicating scientific and technological knowledge in the target language. The focus is on developing students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in interpreting technical Japanese. Students will learn science and technology terms and structures in a broad range of technical areas via experiential learning activities. In addition, students will research and present topics of their own interest or beyond their disciplines. Students will expand their knowledge of the target language to include technical terms/structures and prepare themselves to better apply their language skills in internships, research, and work while exploring and understanding the culture in professional workplaces.
MLJP-301
3 Credits
This is the first course in the second-year sequence designed to give students more advanced instruction and practice in the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending contemporary Japanese. A strong emphasis is placed on proficiency through reading, writing, and speaking activities. Students learn cultural information and practice using the language in real life situations in Japanese society. Approximately 60 new Kanji are introduced.

Select Scholarship

Invited Keynote/Presentation
Yamshita, Hiroko. "How We Convert our Thoughts to Words: Sentence Production Research and Language-Specific Questions." Psychology Colloquium. RIT. Rochester, NY. Jan. 2012. Address. *
Yamshita, Hiroko. "Length-Based Phrase-Ordering in Japanese and its Interaction with Canonicality." Cognitive Science Colloquium. University of Buffalo. Buffalo, NY. Apr. 2012. Address. *
Formal Presentation
Yamashita, Hiroko. “Teaching a Foreign Language to Deaf Students: Tools, Techniques, andChallenges.” Association for the Department of Foreign Languages/Modern Language Association, MLA. Rochester, NY. June 2010. Presentation.
Published Article
Yamashita, Hiroko and Tadahisa Kondo. “Contexual Frequency as a Predictor for Word-order in JapaneseSentence Production.” Technical Report of The Institute of Electronics, Information andCommunication Engineers, 2010. Print. *