Lecturer in Japanese
Roger Williams Hall, Room 209
Keiko Konoeda is a lecturer in Japanese, and teaches Japanese language courses. She received her doctorate in education (EdD) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her doctoral dissertation examined language students’ identities and engagement in digital storytelling in Japanese.
Keiko’s research focuses on language pedagogy, rooted in sociocultural theories of language and literacy, such as Literacy as Social Practice, Critical Literacies, and the Pedagogy of Multiliteracies. Her research rethinks what it means to learn a foreign language in a college language classroom, through ethnographic and discourse analysis of students’ engagement in classroom projects. She recently co-authored a chapter in Multiliteracies in World Language Education (Routledge, 2015, find on Amazon.com) and a Japanese book of task collections Nihongo-de Shakai-to Tsunagaroo [Let’s connect with the society in Japanese!] (Coco Shuppan, Tokyo, 2016, find on Amazon.co.jp).
Her language courses provide ample opportunity for experiential learning – opportunities to actually use Japanese language for real-world purposes. Her courses are designed with authentic projects that scaffold students to engage in meaningful and culturally-relevant tasks in Japanese language, while developing their skills in language use, cultural analysis, and technology. She also advises senior thesis written in Japanese language.