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Naoko Matsuo

Assistant Professor/Language Studies Advisor, Language Studies

Professor Matsuo taught at Monterey Peninsula College, Robert Louis Stevenson School and Santa Catalina School.

Professor Matsuo taught English in Japan before coming to the U.S., and has been teaching at MIIS since 1992. She has also taught  at Monterey Peninsula College, Robert Louis Stevenson School and Santa Catalina School. She has published articles in Applied Language Learning, co-authored with Dr. Leo van Lier.

Professor Matsuo's current research interests include the use of technology in language teaching and development of Intercultural Competency component as part of the language requirement at the Monterey Institute. She has taken on the role of advising prospective and current students who have any issues related to language study for their graduate programs.


Japanese language and culture, pedagogy, Japanese for business, current issues in Japanese media


MA, TESOL, Monterey Institute of International Studies; BA, Linguistics, Nara Women's University, Japan


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JALA 8341 - Aspects of Japanese Society      

Fall 2011 - MIIS

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JALA 8349 - 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.

Fall 2010 - MIIS

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JALA 8351 - Japanese 4 Profssnal Purposes      

This is an intermediate/advanced Japanese language course that is designed to further develop oral and written communication skills that are needed when you use Japanese for professional purposes. The use of Japanese for professional purposes is different from that for academic purposes or survival purposes. This course aims to develop the ability to understand and produce the Japanese used in a variety of situations and circumstances related to professional (business and formal) settings. Topics include introduction to correct/effective use of keigo (honorific language), office and phone conversation, writing resume and cover letters, job interviews, conducting research (questionnaire and interview), effective presentation skills and public speaking skills, etc. This course is particularly recommended for those who wish to do an internship in Japan in the future.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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JALA 8360 - Business Japanese I      

Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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JALA 8370 - Current Issues Japanese Media      

Fall 2011 - MIIS

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JALA 8472 - Accuracy in Speaking & Writing      

This is a 2-unit advanced level Japanese language course, where the participants can focus on accuracy in their productions skills, i.e., their speech and writing. This course aims to bring the accuracy level of the participants’ production to the new height by increasing the awareness of their own speech and writing. The first half of the semester will be focused on the oral production samples while the second half will be focused on the writing samples. The goal of the course is that each participant learns to recognize his/her own strengths and weaknesses in oral and written production, to develop awareness of their own error patterns, and to attempt to remedy them, while there is no guarantee that the production will become error-free at the end of the 15-week period.

Fall 2010 - MIIS

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JALA 8482 - Close-Up Gendai      

Fall 2012 - MIIS

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JALA 8494 - IndvidualizdProjectsInJapanese      

Fall 2013 - MIIS

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JALA 8497 - Human Security      

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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