Junko Ueno
Assistant Professor of Japanese
Department of Modern Languages
Union College

Office: 213B Humanities Building
Phone: 518-388-6213
Email: uenoj@union.edu
On Leave Spring 2004

Junko Ueno's research areas are second language acquisition, Japanese linguistics, and educational psychology. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Education at Indiana University. Her dissertation was titled Grammar Instruction and Learning Style: A Case of the Japanese -te iru Construction .
Professor Ueno is currently working on articles about learner motivation of students of Japanese as a foreign language, techology use in the language classroom, and loan words in Japanese.




Indiana University: School of Education, Bloomington, Indiana
Doctor of Philosophy in Language Education with minors in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Japanese linguistics and pedagogy), 2001.

Indiana University: Linguistics Department, Bloomington, Indiana
Master of Arts, TESOL and Applied Linguistics, 1995.

Kyusyu University: Literature Department, Fukuoka, Japan
Bachelor of Arts, English and American Literature and Language, 1994.


“Gender differences in Japanese conversation” will appear in the Journal of Intercultural Communication Studies.

“Enhancement of student creativity and motivation using Japanese Adobe Photoshop Elements” In Teaching with technology 1. Heinle Professional Series in Language Instruction. (Eds.) Terry Robert, Lara Lomicka, and Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz. 2004. (with Mark Knowles)

"Detraditionalization: a Case of Japanese students in the USA" in Language, Culture, and Curriculum, 2001.

"Interactive Internet Reading" in Recipes for Wired Teachers. (ed) Japan Association of Language Teaching. September 2000.

"Error Correction and Students' Learning Styles in a Foreign Language Classroom" in Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse. June 1999.

"The Progressive Aspect in English language" in Waseda Lingua Journal. January 1998.


“In-depth analysis of learner motivation of less commonly taught languages” at AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics) conference. Portland, Oregon, on May 4 2004.

“Gender differences in Japanese conversation” at International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference, Fullerton California on July 27 2003.

“Enhancement of student motivation through content-based language teaching: A case study” at AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics) conference, Arlington on March 25 2003. Co-presentation with Mark Knowles.

"Descriptive and comparative analyses of motivation factors for the study of Japanese" at ATJ (Association of Teachers of Japanese) seminar, San Diego on March 9, 2000.

"Teachers’ speech patterns and teaching philosophies" at AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics), Connecticut on March 6, 1999

"The Usage of the te/de-iru construction: Pedagogical perspectives towards advanced learners of Japanese" CATJ Conference, Indiana, 1998.

"Language Minority Students in Japan" AAAL in Washington on March 14, 1998

"How to Incorporate Culture into Communicative Teaching Activities" K-12 Program: Teaching Less Commonly Taught Languages, Indiana on December 5, 1997.

"Error Correction in a foreign language classroom: teachers’ expectations vs. students’ preferences" Midwest Regional TESOL Conference, Wisconsin, October 25, 1997.

"Cross-Cultural Investigations in the Second Language Setting." The Fifth Annual Crossing the Boundaries Counterdisciplinary Graduate Conference, New York, April 1997.


Modern Languages, Union College, Schenectady New York
Assistant Professor (September, 2000 – current)
Teach various courses including Basic Japanese, Intermediate Japanese, Intercultural Communications and Japanese Sociolinguistics.

East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Associate Instructor (August 1995 – May 2000)
Taught courses including Elementary Japanese, Intermediate Japanese, Advanced Japanese, and Second Language Research in Japanese.

East Asian Summer Language Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana Assistant Instructor (Summer 1996, 1997, and 1998)
Taught courses including Intermediate Japanese and Advanced Japanese.


Mellon Research Grant (2001)
Received from Union College to conduct technology-related research

Humanities Grant (2001)
Received from Union College for research in humanities area

Recognition of Excellent Teaching (1998)
Received from Indiana University

Research Travel Grant (1997)
Received from Indiana University

Rotary International Scholarship (1994)
Received from Rotary International Foundation


Trimmaster Inc. (May 1999 – August 1999) Nicholasville, Kentucky
Worked as a technical interpreter. Interpreted from Japanese to English and English to Japanese in business meetings, conferences, presentations and interviews. Translated technical documents and the manual for employees.

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