Project Description


Fumiko Nazikian received her Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics from the University of Sydney, Australia. She joined Columbia University in 2004 and served as the director of the Japanese language program till Spring, 2015. At Columbia she has taught all levels of Japanese from elementary to fourth year Japanese. She also regularly teaches at the Columbia Summer M.A. program in Japanese Pedagogy. Prior to arriving at Columbia, she was a senior lecturer at Princeton University where she taught for 16 years. She has also taught at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, and the University of New South Wales. Her research interest is in linguistic pragmatics focusing on topics such as discourse analysis and exploring links between linguistics and language pedagogy. Among her recent publications are “Robot can talk—but can they teach?” (Walter de Gruyter, 2015), Modern Japanese Grammar: A Practical Guide & Modern Japanese Workbook (Routledge, 2014, co-author with N. McGloin, M. E. Hudson and T. Kakegawa), Hiyaku (Routledge, 2011, co-author with M. Nittono, S. Eguchi, K. Okamoto & J. Park ), “The Role of Style-Shifting in the Functions and Purposes of Storytelling: Detective Stories in Anime” (Georgetown University Press, 2010); “Bringing learners’ perspectives into assessments: Self and peer Assessments in a Blog project” (Special Issue of Japanese Language and Literature: Japanese Pedagogy, the Association of Teachers of Japanese, 2008, co-author with M. Fukai & S. Shinji), “Danwa ni okeru jootai no kinoo nitsuite.” [On discourse functions of da detached style in Japanese] (Kuroshio Press, 2007); “Developing Learners’ Communication Skills through Story-Writing in Japanese Language Teaching” (Princeton University, 2007, co-author with Jisuk Park); Genkokyoiku no Shintenkai[New Perspectives on Language Teaching] (Hitsuji-shobo, 2005, co-edited with O. Kamada, M. Tsutsui, Y. Hatasa and M. Oka). She acted as a reviewer of the AP Japanese Language and Culture Course and served as a committee member for the Japanese SAT. She was a Board member of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) for 2008 – 2012.

Office: 520 Kent Hall
Office Hours: MW 2:00-4:00
Teaching Hours: MTWR 10:10- 11:15, MWF 1:10-2:25
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