Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Miyuki Takeuchi


I am passionate about knowing how people develop language proficiency. 

I enjoy teaching not only Japanese language but the content areas related to Japan and people there. It is very interesting to discuss various issues in Japan with students from various cultures and countries at MIIS. It enables me to see my own country from broader perspectives. 


Second language acquisition (I am particularly interested in the pragmatic and grammatical development among learners of Japanese.)

Foreign language pedagogy

Recent Accomplishments

Completion of my PhD dissertation (2014)

Presentation of my research on the acquisition of subject referential forms among learners of Japanese at SLRF (Second Language Research Forum, 2013) and ASPAC (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, 2013) conferences.

Previous Work

My career as an instructor of Japanese started at Indiana University, where I obtained MA and PhD degrees. Before the current engagement at MIIS, I taught Japanese at Santa Clara University.


PhD in Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington

MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington

BA in English and American at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies


Takeuchi, M. (2014).  Subject referential expressions and encoding of referential status in L2 narrative discourse by L1-English learners of Japanese. Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana University.

Takeuchi, M. (2010).  The Perception of Geminate Stops by L1 English Learners of Japanese.  Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online, Vol. 10.

Course List

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JALA8341 - Aspects of Japanese Society      

This is an intermediate/advanced Japanese language course that is designed to further develop oral and written communication skills through the study of various topics of current Japanese society. The students will read authentic news articles, magazines, websites, etc., of their choice, and/or watch/listen to authentic TV/radio programs, engage in group and class discussions, use the language in the actual research in interview, questionnaire, and/or email survey, and present the findings of their research formally. Through these activities, the students will enlarge their vocabulary, including the knowledge on the kanji compound words as well while deepening the understanding of current-day Japan. All four skills will be developed to increase overall proficiency and grammatical accuracy, which will be accomplished through language exercises in class and as homework assignments, frequent reading and writing exercises, and writing up a research report with multiple drafts. Students are assumed to know at least 500 kanji and their combinations and to have good foundation on basic grammar structures.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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JALA8344 - Japan-SoftPower &YoungGeneratn      

This course is designed for students with knowledge of basic grammatical structures and about 500 kanji and their combinations. It aims to deepen understanding of Japanese society and culture while enhancing Japanese communication skills. The overall theme of the course is Japan’s Soft Power. We will look into some of the current soft power Japan utilizes and how Japan could exercise it more effectively as a means to increase its international presence. Particularly, we will examine some of Japan’s cultural products that are popular among young generation, such as anime, manga, computer games, and pop music to discuss their characteristics, uniqueness, and reasons of popularity. Students will read articles from various sources and discuss the current trend of those cultural products and their influence on youth, domestic and beyond, analyzing the role of Japanese soft power in the international society. Study of intermediate and advanced grammar and expressions will be integrated into the course work.

Spring 2016 - MIIS

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JALA8349 - Current News in Japan      

This is an intermediate (3rd-year college level) Japanese course designed to further develop oral and written communication skills through discussion on the current news in Japan. Students will watch the natural speed news, summarize and present the content in their own words, write their opinions/views on the issues, etc. The authentic NHK news will be utilized for materials as well as web-based news program, along with some newspaper/magazine articles for supplementary reading.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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JALA8375 - GlobalizatnInContemporaryJapan      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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JALA8385 - ModernJapanSociety-NewMovemnts      

This course aims to develop advanced Japanese communication skills while examining a number of current changes that are taking place in the Japanese society. Topics will include, but not limited to, the decrease of population, poverty, the recent change of the security policy with its related protests, and educational reform. Students will examine a wide variety of resources such as newspaper articles, online news, magazines, and news broadcasts, through which to learn and analyze these social phenomena. At the same time, we will examine and discuss what sorts of measures the Japanese government is taking or could take to cope with these changes. Advanced grammar, reading and writing strategies, and professional presentation skills will be integrated into the course work.

Spring 2016 - MIIS

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JALA8491 - Understanding Japan      

This course aims to develop professional/academic Japanese communication skills while studying topical issues of Japan. The overarching theme of the course is “the year 2015, how Japan is changing.” The controversial issues and changes in Japanese government’s defense policy and diplomatic stance with its neighboring countries will be discussed in the first half of the course. The second half will focus on the social and technological changes that are and will be occurring towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Students regularly read/listen to relevant editorials and articles written by experts, analyze and discuss the issues, and write their opinions. Students are also given opportunities to engage in research on the topic of their interests and deepen their understanding.

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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JALA8494 - IndvidualizdProjectsInJapanese      


Spring 2015 - MIIS

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