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Nobuko Chikamatsu


  • B.A. in English Literature, Kyoto Women’s University, Kyoto, Japan
  • M.A. in TESOL, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


  • Japanese Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language pedagogy, content-based instruction, translation
  • Second Language (L2) Acquisition
  • Japanese pedagogy
  • Psycholinguistics (word recognition)
  • L2 Reading and Writing
  • Japanese Peace Education (Hiroshima, Japanese American Internment, etc.)
  • Japanese American History in Chicago


  • Chikamatsu, N. (forthcoming). Social Responsibility and Community-based Learning in the post-disaster society, Ch.7 in CCBI Japanese Pedagogy, S. Sato, Y. Kumagai (eds). Tokyo: Coco Press.
  • Chikamatsu, N . (2012). “Communication with community: Connecting an individual to the world through Japanese content-based instruction of Japanese American History.”  Journal of Japanese Language and Literature, 46, 171-199. 
  • Chikamatsu, N (2011). “Language as an essential element for human thought processes:  Critical and creative thinking in content-based instruction”, Journal of Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education, 12, 1-20. 
  • Chikamatsu, N. (2006). "Developmental word recognition: A study of L1 English readers of L2 Japanese."  The Modern Language Journal, 90, 1-19.
  • Chikamatsu, N. (2003). "The effects of computer usage on L2 Japanese writing." Foreign Language Annals, 36, 114-127. (2003).
  • Chikamatsu, N. (1996). "The effects of L1 orthography on L2 Japanese word recognition." Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 18, 403-432.