Assistant Professor ONISHI Yumi

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Reasons for studying Japanese

Post-Soviet states in Central Asia have little economic or human exchange with Japan and are therefore defined as ‘isolated Japanese language learning environments.’ Numerous conversations with university students in these countries have led me to a puzzling discovery. While first-year students are usually ardent Japanese learners, many lose interest as they approach graduation.
This experience prompted me to explore the motivation and goals of students choosing to major in Japanese.
Why study Japanese? Naturally, every learner is driven by multiple reasons. Additionally, their desire to learn may wane or intensify along the line. I am trying to deduce how an educator can support students and keep them motivated.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Personal History
    Completed the doctoral program at the Graduate School of International Media, Communication, and Tourism Studies, Hokkaido University

    Part-time Lecturer, International Student Center, Hokkaido University
    Japanese Language Education Specialist, The Japan Foundation
    Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
    Research Subject
    second-language acquisition
    language learning motivation
    The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language;
    Japanese Language Education Methods
  • Academic Papers
    大西由美(2010)「ウクライナにおける大学生の日本語学習動機」『日本語教育』147号82-96頁 日本語教育学会
    大西由美(2011) 「目標達成見込みの高低と動機づけの関連 : ウクライナにおける日本語専攻大学生の動機づけ調査」『北海道大学国際広報メディア・観光学ジャーナル』 第12号21-40頁 北海道大学国際広報メディア・観光学院
    大西由美(2014)「日本語学習者の動機づけに関する縦断的研究 」博士論文 北海道大学国際広報メディア・観光学院