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(1) Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, (2) Translation and Language Learning, (3) Language, Society and Culture

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Second Language Acquisition of Japanese Orthography

Professional Qualifications

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester Certification in Japanese, ACTFL OPI tester

Biography

Dr Yoko Matsumoto-Sturt took up a position as lecturer in Japanese Studies in 2004. She is an exective committee member of the cross-sector ‘Japanese Language Group’ since 2015, and she was the Chair of British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) for three years (2013-2016). 

After her first degree in Phonetics and Linguistics at University College London, she studied at the University of Edinburgh, where she took her MSc and PhD degrees in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.

During her postgraduate degrees, Dr Matsumoto-Sturt engaged in research and teaching in Japanese Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and  also had various professional experiences in the translation industry as an in-house interpreter/translator for the BBC (broadcasting translation) and the automobile industry (technical translation).

After her PhD, she was engaged in various funded research projects including a residence at Rikkyo University and Waseda University, Tokyo, as a Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Education fellow (2006). She was invited to Gakushuin univerisy as a visiting professor in 2013.

She is  currently working on topics related to Applied Japanese linguistics, Japanese pedagogy including early language learning and second language translation.

Research outputs

  1. Japanese onomatopoeias and mimetic words why are they difficult to translate?

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  2. 1+2 APPROACH: Teaching Young Japanese Learners in Scottish Primary Education

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  3. Japanese language in the Scottish primary classroom

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

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Research activities & awards

  1. 15th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

  2. 1+2 Languages Leadership Programme

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseProfessional Development and Training

  3. Japanese for Young Scottish Learners: Practice, pedagogy and reflection

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

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Research projects

  1. Japanese for Young Learners project

    Project: Other ProjectResearch Collaboration with external organisation

  2. Second Language Translation as an Academic exercise at Higher Education in UK and Beyond [Final report]

    Project: Other ProjectResearch Collaboration with external organisation

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