Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Naoko Matsuo

Assistant Professor/Language Studies Advisor

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 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

Course List

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JALA 8365 - Business & Intercultural Comm      

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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JALA 8370 - Current Issues Japanese Media      

This is an advanced Japanese course focusing on further developing listening, speaking, reading, writing, and communication skills by using authentic newspaper/magazine materials and TV/radio news. The students will watch and read on a regular basis the most current news of the events that are taking place in Japan. The students become familiar with aural/textual features of Japanese media (TV/radio news and newspaper/magazine) as well as terms and idiomatic expressions frequently used. Skills of understanding the TV/radio news, reading of newspaper/magazine articles are developed. Emphasis will also be put on enlarging kanji compound (??) knowledge and developing communication skills of summarizing and presenting the news content in one’s own words. By the end of the course, students will become accustomed to listening to the natural speed news (NHK broadcast and others) and get the gist of the news as well as some key details/points, and to pick up Japanese newspaper, skims through articles of interest, and read them without relying too much on dictionary.

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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JALA 8392 - Current Topics Up Close      

This is an advanced Japanese language course focusing on further developing listening and speaking proficiency through the use of NHK broadcasting program called “Close-Up Gendai”. The primary focus of the course is to further develop oral skills, but other skills such as reading and writing are practiced as well. Students will choose a certain topic/aspectof current Japanese society, politics, business, or international relationsbetween Japan and its neighboring countries, and do a mini background research on the topic prior to coming to class. In class, each student will be given the opportunity to lead the class on the topic, view relevant TV broadcasting on the topic, and lead the class discussion. JLPT Level 1 and 2 vocabulary and expressions, as well as advanced level grammar/structure will be exercised in class to aid the participants’ overall proficiency development.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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JALA 8482 - Close-Up Gendai      

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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