The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

        California State University, Los Angeles


DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Sachiko Matsunaga

Associate Professor of Japanese

Office: KH B3029
Phone: (213) 343-4240
FAX: (213) 343-4234
Email: smatsun@calstatela.edu

INTRODUCTION

Dr. Matsunaga is an Associate Professor of Japanese. This is her sixth year at CSLA, teaching Japanese language, culture, and linguistics. She is the Japanese language program coordinator, and the director of the Japanese Studies Center.

EDUCATION

Ph.D.  Japanese, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1994
M.A.  Japanese, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1989
B.A.   Psychology ,University of Oregon, Eugene, 1986
A.A.   English, Kyoto Seika College, Kyoto, Japan, 1981

TEACHING INTERESTS

Her teaching interest is to find effective ways to incorporate computer technology into language teaching. She has incorporated Webfolios (portfolios on the World Wide Web) in her classes. She has created Japanese Web based tests in collaboration with two Japanese teachers at UCLA and Kapiolani Community College in Hawaii. She is also involved in a long distance education project in teaching less commonly taught languages.

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Her research interests are Japanese psycholinguistics and acquisition of Japanese as a foreign language, in particular, on reading processes and on acquisition of reading skills by students with different backgrounds. Her current research project involves the learning processes of Japanese syllabic symbols by nonnative readers.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (for the last three years)

 

Matsunaga, S. (to appear). Are Chinese characters ideographs? An argument from the psycholinguistic perspective. In M. Erbaugh (Ed.), The Chinese and Japanese writing systems: An interdisciplinary reader. Columbus, OH: National East Asian Languages Recourse Center.

 Matsunaga, S. (to appear). Subvocalization in reading kanji: Can Japanese text be comprehended without it? In H. Nara (Ed.), Advances in Japanese pedagogy. Columbus, OH: National Foreign Language Resource Center.

 

Matsunaga, S (to appear). Review of “The Japanese Mental Lexicon: Psycholinguistic Studies of Kana and Kanji Processing” by J. F. Kess & T. Miyamoto. The Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Matsunaga, S. (to appear). Automaticity in reading Japanese as L1 and L2. Proceedings of the 12 th World Congress of Applied Linguistics. Tokyo: AILA’99.

Matsunaga, S. (to appear). Early phonological coding in reading kanji: An eye-tracking study. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Cognitive Processes of the Chinese Language. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press.

Matsunaga, S. (1999). Universality in reading processes: Evidence from an eye-tracking study. Psychologia, 42, 290-306.

Matsunaga, S. (1999). The role of kanji knowledge transfer in acquisition of Japanese as a foreign language. Japanese-Language Education Around the Globe, 9, 87-100.

Matsunaga, S. (1999). Kanji knowledge transfer: Its effects on acquisition of Japanese as a foreign language [in Japanese]. Proceedings of the 10 th Conference on Second Language Research in Japan. Tokyo: International University of Japan.

Matsunaga, S. (1998). Transfer of kanji knowledge in reading Japanese as a foreign language: Could it cause fossilization?  In N. O. Jungheim & P. Robinson (Eds.), Second language acquisition, Vol. 2: Pragmatics and pedagogy--The proceedings of the third Pacific Second Language Research Forum. Tokyo: PacSLRF.

Matsunaga, S. (1998). Review of “Cognitive Processing of Chinese and Related Asian Languages” edited by H.-C. Chen. The Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese, 32(2).

Matsunaga, S. (1998). Review of “A Practical Guide to Learning Kanji” by M. O. Douglas. The Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese, 32(1).

Matsunaga, S., & Crosby, M. E. (1997). The relationship between spatial ability of native speakers of Japanese and their coding strategy when reading kanji. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 10(4), 321-338.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS (for the last three years)

"Developing a web-based language proficiency test for college-level learners of Japanese as a second/foreign language." Teachers of Japanese in Southern California Fall Workshop, Santa Monica, CA, November 12, 2000, with Yasuyo Sawaki (University of California, Los Angeles).

 

“Webfolios in an Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Course.” Teachers of Japanese in Southern California Fall Workshop, Santa Monica, CA, November 12, 2000.

 

“Learner needs arising from different backgrounds: Performance-based analyses.” National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Language Third Annual Conference, Washington, DC, May 6-8, 2000.

 

“Efficient reading of Japanese texts: Elements and implications.” The Association of Teachers of Japanese Seminar, San Diego, March 16, 2000.

 

“What eye fixation can tell us about phonological coding in reading Japanese kanji.” The 9th International Conference on Cognitive Processing of Asian Languages, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, October 16-19, 1999.

 

“Automaticity in reading Japanese as L1 and L2.” The 12 th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA '99), Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, August 1-6, 1999.

 

Presented, as a part of a team of four, the products of the Webfolio project we conducted under the leadership of Professor Lori Kim in spring 1999 at Tech ED Expo, California State University, Los Angeles, September 22, 1999.

 

“Kanji knowledge transfer: Its effects on acquisition of Japanese as a foreign language” [in Japanese]. The 10 th Conference on Second Language Research in Japan, International University of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, January 23, 1999.

 

“Effects of content variables on phonological coding in reading Chinese characters: An eye-tracking study.” International Workshop on Written Language Processing, Sydney, Australia, December 7-9, 1998.

 

“Transfer of kanji knowledge in reading Japanese as a(n) FL.” The Second Language Research Forum, Honolulu, October 15-18, 1998.

 

“Effects of kanji knowledge transfer in acquisition of Japanese as a foreign language” [in Japanese]. The Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education Seminar, Toronto, Canada, August 8-9, 1998.

 

"Transfer of kanji knowledge in reading Japanese as a foreign language: Could it cause fossilization?" The Pacific Second Language Research Forum (PacSLRF), Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, March 26-29, 1998.

 

"Transfer of kanji knowledge in reading Japanese as a foreign language: Is it positive or negative?" The American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, the Madison Hotel, Seattle, Washington, March 14-17, 1998.

 

"Universality in reading processes: Evidence from an eye-tracking study." The 8 th International Conference on Cognitive Processing of Asian Languages, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, December 1-4, 1997.

 

"Teaching verbal and nonverbal skills in business Japanese: Two practical methods." The 31st ACTFL (American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Annual Meeting at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, November 20-23, 1997, with Akemi Katayama (California State University, Los Angeles).

 

"Phonological coding in reading Chinese characters: An eye-tracking study." The International Symposium on Cognitive Processes of the Chinese language, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, August 31-September 2, 1997.

Prepared byjchrzan@calstatela.edu


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