Nakahama, Yuko



Faculty of Environment and Information Studies (Shonan Fujisawa)



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Profile Summary 【 Display / hide

  • My research interests lie in finding out how learners acquire second language (L2)within the framework of functional approaches to language learning. I am currently investigating how children can learn L2 English enjoyably and effectively, as future world is in children's hands!

Career 【 Display / hide

  • 1992.09

    Lecturer, University of Notre Dame

  • 2001.10

    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Languages and Cultures, Nagoya University Nagoya University

  • 2006.10

    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Area and Cultural Studies Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

  • 2009.04

    Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus

Academic Background 【 Display / hide

  • 1991.08

    The Ohio State University, Department of Educational Studies, Foreign Language Education

    The United States of America, Graduate School, Completed, Master's course

  • 2003.07

    Georgetown University, Department of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics

    The United States of America, Graduate School, Completed, Doctoral course

Academic Degrees 【 Display / hide

  • M.A., The Ohio State University, Coursework, 1991.08

  • Ph.D, Georgetown University, Coursework, 2003.07


Research Areas 【 Display / hide

  • Foreign language education (Foreign Language Education)

  • Japanese language education (Japanese Education)

  • Linguistics

Research Keywords 【 Display / hide

  • Teaching English at primary school level, Functional approaches to SLA, Storytelling

Research Themes 【 Display / hide

  • Teaching English at primary school level, 


  • Learning environment and discourse processing: Investigation within the framework of Socio-cultural theory, 


  • Interlanguage Pragmatics: Speech Acts, 


  • Functional Approaches to Second Language Acquisition, 



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  • Referring in a second language: Studies on reference to person in a multilingual world

    J. Ryan & P. Crosthwaite, Routledge, 2020.02

    Scope: Does referent marking style transfer from L1 Japanese to L2 English?,  Contact page: pp. 58-76

  • Skippers Pass

    Ryan, J., Nakahama, Y., Tarau, M., Rabbidge, M., Alphabet Publishing, 2019.10

  • Language Learning, Discourse and Cognition Studies in the tradition of Andrea Tyler

    L. Pickering and V. Evans (Eds.), John Benjamins Press, 2018

    Scope: Chapter 10. Effects of L2 exposure on the use of discourse devices in L2 storytelling,  Contact page: pp. 249-273

  • 『日本語教育の道しるべ 第四巻 ことばのみかたを知る』

    NAKAHAMA Yuuko, 凡人社, 2017.09

    Scope: 「日本語教育と質的研究」

  • Referent markings in L2 narratives: Effects of task complexity, learners' L1 and proficiency level.

    NAKAHAMA Yuuko, Hituzi Publisher, 2011.03

    Scope: 235

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Papers 【 Display / hide

  • 機能主義的アプローチにおける第二言語習得研究

    NAKAHAMA Yuuko

    『第二言語としての日本語の習得研究』 (凡人社)   ( 第19 ) 61 - 81 2016.12

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work, Accepted

  • (特集論文)「タスクの複雑さと言語運用(正確さ,複雑さ,談話の視点設定)との関連性」

    Yuko Nakahama

    『第二言語としての日本語の習得研究』  ( 第16 ) 146-163. 2013.12

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work, Accepted

  • Cross-linguistic Influence on Reference Introduction and Tracking in L2 Japanese

    NAKAHAMA Yuuko

    Modern Language Journal (Blackwell publishing)  Vol 93 ( 2 ) 241-260 2009.07

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work, Accepted

  • タスクの複雑性、母語、日本語能力が談話構成に及ぼす影響: 指示表現・受身表現の使用について

    NAKAHAMA Yuuko

    JALT Journal (Japan Association for Language Teaching)  31 ( 1 )  2009.05

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work, Accepted

  • 日本語の物語構築:視点を判断する構文的手がかりの再考

    NAKAHAMA Yuuko

    『言語文化論集』 (名古屋大学 国際言語文化研究科)  27 ( 2 ) 97-107 2006.03

    Research paper (bulletin of university, research institution), Joint Work, Except for reviews

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Presentations 【 Display / hide

  • Crosslinguistic influence in L2 English referent markings by adult and adolescent Japanese learners

    Yuko Nakahama & Junko Okabe

    RELC International Conference, Singapore (Online), 2021.03, Oral Presentation(general)

  • Cross-linguistic influence in L2 English speech acts: Manifestation of Japanese discernment toward seniors

    Yuko Nakahama

    International Pragmatics Association, 2019.06, Oral Presentation(general)

  • Development of pragmatic ability through watching and making of movies

    Yuko Nakahama

    Task-based teaching and the place of grammar in secondary-school foreign-language classes: finding a common ground, Nanterre University, France., 2019.02, Oral Presentation(general)

  • Use of TPR and picture book to teach young learner of English

    NAKAHAMA Yuuko

    The Japan Association for the Study of Teaching English to Children The 38th Annual Conference (大阪商業大学) , 2017.06, Oral Presentation(general), The Japan Association for the Study of Teaching English to Children

  • Effects of learning environment on the use of discourse devices

    NAKAHAMA Yuuko

    ELL seminar at English Language and Literature Academic Group at NIE (Nanyang Technological University) , 2017.02, Public discourse, seminar, tutorial, course, lecture and others, English Language and Literature Academic Group at NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Research Projects of Competitive Funds, etc. 【 Display / hide

  • Helping L2 learners to succeed in global society: Investigation of the learning processes of L2 English pragmatic abilities and development of learning materials


    MEXT,JSPS, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 中浜 優子, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Principal Investigator

  • 談話構築プロセスと学習環境要因の関連性:社会文化的観点からの考察


    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Research grant

  • 日本語習得における学習者の母語が及ぼす影響:機能言語学的観点からの研究調査


    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Research grant

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    This research investigates how learners' L1 influences the ways in which they manage referential topics in oral Japanese narratives. It also examined how different tasks ("Here and Now"/ picture description task and "There and Then"/ film re-telling task) would shape oral narratives spoken by native and non-native speakers of Japanese. The study revealed that Korean learners of Japanese were able to use particles and zero anaphora appropriately throughout the narrative discourse at intermediate level, while their English speaking counterparts had difficulty. This was explained by the fact Korean language has equivalents to Japanese particles and zero anaphora, and the follow-up interviews supported this explication. The Korean learners, confirmed that they were making use of this typological 'closeness' between Japanese and Korean. The research also showed that the task types affect narrative discourse. The "There and Then" task elicited more grammatical structures and explicit expressions, as compared to the "Here and Now" task. While this trend was seen in both native and non- native speakers of Japanese, there were some differences as to how task types influence native and non-native speakers' narrative structures. A part of this research was presented at the international symposium held at Nagoya University in March, 2005, as well as the International Conference of Practical Linguistics of Japanese in March, 2006.


Courses Taught 【 Display / hide




    2021, Spring Semester, Major subject, Lecture, Within own faculty






    2021, Autumn Semester, Major subject, Lecture, Within own faculty

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Memberships in Academic Societies 【 Display / hide

  • The Japan Association for the Study of Teaching English to Children (JASTEC), 

  • The Japan Association for Language Teaching, 

  • 日本語教育学会,