Kanako Yao

Kanako Yao

Senior Lecturer in Japanese Language
PHD, Ohio State University
research interests:
  • second language acquisition
  • language pedagogy

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office hours:

  • Monday 11:00am-1:00pm
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  • Washington University
    CB 1111
    One Brookings Dr.
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Kanako Yao teaches first, second, and third-level Japanese courses in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. 

Kanako Yao received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the Ohio State University, where she developed expertise in Japanese linguistics and language pedagogy. She teaches undergraduate courses in Japanese. Since 2014 she has been involved in the training of future foreign language teachers in the Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX) where she serves as the director of Japanese Teacher Training and the Japanese Language Program.

Dr. Yao’s scholarship has grown alongside of her enjoyment of teaching. Her research interest lies at interactional sociolinguistics, pragmatics, intercultural competence, second language acquisition, and language pedagogy. She takes special interest in examining cultural convention in conflict strategies in a Japanese enterprise setting. Her current research explores learner’s intercultural competence in conflict strategies.

Dr. Yao is a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Tester of Japanese and ACTFL Written Proficiency Tester of Japanese.