Teaching Professor of Distinction • Japanese Language Coordinator

Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:00am or by appointment on Zoom 

PhD in Japanese, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012; Minor: Second Language Acquisition; Dissertation: “Learner Investment, Identity, and Imagined Communities: A Study of Japanese Language House Community”
MA in Japanese, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001


  • Matsunaga, Y. 2020. “Learners’ Investments and Identities in the Japanese House: A Study of JFL Learners Living in Foreign Language Housing.” In J. Bown, W. Baker-Smemoe, & D. P. Dewey (Eds.), Language Learning in Foreign Language Houses (pp.293-318). Auburn, AL: International Association for Language Learning Technology.
  • Mori, J., & Matsunaga, Y. 2017. “Becoming a conversationalist at the dinner table: Topic management practices by a JFL student living in foreign language housing.” In T. Greer, M. Ishida, & Y. Tateyama (Eds.), Interactional competence in Japanese as an additional language: Pragmatics & interaction (pp.293-331). Honolulu, HI: National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • Wahls, N., Méndez-Betancor, A., Brierley, M., Pinzón, V. A., Matsunaga, Y., Bocanegra, N., and Vidaurrázaga M. B. 2017. “Collaborative Learning in Global Online Education Using Virtual International Exchanges.” EDUCAUSE Review. (https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/9/collaborative-learning-in-global-online-education-using-virtual-international-exchanges)


Matsunaga, Yumiko and Hacke, Mariko. 2023. “オンライン会話練習プログラムTalkAbroadを利用しての異文化学習プロジェクト (Intercultural Projects in Japanese Using the Online Video Chat Program TalkAbroad).” Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education, Montreal, Canada. (https://www.cajle.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/11-CAJLE2023Proceedings_MatsunagaYumiko_HackeMariko.pdf)

Research Interests:

Japanese linguistics; second language acquisition; Japanese language pedagogy; ethnography.