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Hiroko Yamashita

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

585-475-6074
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Hiroko Yamashita

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

Education

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

585-475-6074

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

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.
MLCU-549
3 Credits
This upper division seminar constitutes the final core requirement in the Applied Modern Language and Culture degree program. Students majoring in Applied Modern Language and Culture will enroll in this course in their final year of study. The capstone seminar will further develop and sharpen the connection between the students’ professional or technical fields and their linguistic and cultural knowledge of the language of the track The course will involve a variety of written and reading assignments, and/or project which involves professional fields. May be repeated up to twice.
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.

Select Scholarship

Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Yamashita, Hiroko and Franklin Chang. "Is explicit teaching of second languages always helpful? An artificial language study." Proceedings of the Thirty-second Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. Ed. Albert Kim. Boulder, CO: n.p..
Yamashita, Hiroko and Franklin Chang. "A multiple argument overlap boost in Japanese structural priming." Proceedings of the Twenty-seventh Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. Ed. Shari Speer. Columbus, OH: n.p..
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Yamashita, Hiroko. "Artificial language learning for psycholinguistic studies." University of Tokyo linguistics colloquium. University of Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan. 7 Jun. 2017. Lecture.
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.
Full Length Book
Yamashita, Hiroko, Yuki Hirose, and Jerome L. Packard. Processing and Producing Head-final Structures. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2011. Print.
Book Chapter
Kondo, Tadahisa and Hiroko Yamashita. "Why speakers produce scrambled sentences: Analyses of spoken language corpus in Japanese." Processing and Producing Head-final Structures. Ed. Hiroko Yamashita, Yuki Hirose, and Jerome L. Packard. Dortrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2011. 195-215. Print.
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. *