Nakatsukasa Published Research Findings in Language Teaching Research

Kimi Nakatsukasa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures (CMLL), and her collaborator, Dr. Shawn Loewen from Michigan State University, investigated a teacher’s use of first language in a Spanish-as-a- foreign-language classroom, especially when the student-teacher interaction is about languages. Their findings, published in the journal Language Teaching Research, showed that the teacher often used the students’ first language when talking about vocabulary and grammar. The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures (CMLL) is one of 16 departments in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Nakatsukasa also received a $10,000 grant from Language Learning’s Small Grant Research Program. This grant will fund her joint project, “Gestures and Acquisition of Prepositions by L2 Learners,” which investigates the role of embodiment in the conceptualizations of prepositions by second language learners.