Yumi Takamiya newAssistant Professor of Japanese
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Humanities Building 407H
(205) 934-0910

Research and Teaching Interests: Applied Linguistics, Pragmatics, Discourse/Conversation Analysis, Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Teacher Education, Language Assessment, Cross-Cultural Communication

Office Hours: By appointment

Education:
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Applied Linguistics
  • PhD, Purdue University, Applied Linguistics

Yumi Takamiya has extensive university-level teaching experience in Japan and the US. She enjoys weaving new media into the language classroom. She is currently examining how second language learners of Japanese facilitate cross-cultural interaction and enhance identity (re)construction through blogging and video conferencing tele-collaboration. Using a conversation analytic approach, she also investigates how learners of Japanese develop pragmatic and intercultural competence.

She has worked on a series of research projects focused on classroom interactions and dialogic teaching that rely on a sociocognitive approach, sociocultural theory, and communities of practice theory. She is co-editor (with Yuko Saegusa) of From Japan to the World: Life History of Japanese Language Teachers (Bunkyo University Press, 2012), and has authored a number of articles in journals such as Kotoba [Language] and Gengo to Bunka [Language & Culture], among others. She also serves as reviewer for Applied Linguistics, a journal published by the Oxford University Press.

Yumi Takamiya is a master of the Omotesenke tea ceremony and of Ikenobo flower arrangement. She is eager to help our students of Japanese be engaged and become media literate, able to communicate effectively in Japanese, culturally competent, and prepared for the challenges of our interconnected world.


  • JPA 101: Introductory Japanese I
  • JPA 102: Introductory Japanese II
  • JPA 201: Intermediate Japanese I
  • JPA 202: Intermediate Japanese II
  • JPA 203: Intermediate Japanese Language & Culture I
  • JPA 204: Intermediate Japanese Language & Culture II

  • N. Ishihara and Y. Takamiya, "Pragmatic development through blogs: A longitudinal study of telecollaboration," in Engaging Language Learners through Technology Integration: Theory, Applications, and Outcomes, S. Li and P. Swanson, eds. (IGI Global, 2014), 137-61.
  • Y. Saegusa and Y. Takamiya, From Japan to the World: Life History of Japanese Language Teachers (Tokyo: Bunkyo University Press, 2012).
  • Y. Takamiya and N. Ishihara, "Blogging: Cross-cultural Interaction for Pragmatic Development," in Technology in Interlanguage Pragmatics Research and Teaching, N. Taguchi and J. Sykes, eds. (John Benjamins, 2013), 185-14.

  • American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)
  • International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)
  • Modern Japanese Language Association (Gendai Nihongo Kenkyukai)
  • Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (Nihongo Kyoiku Gakkai)