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Jeff Peterson

Visiting Assistant Professor
Asian and Near Eastern Languages

3091 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


Jeff Peterson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. His research focuses on the area of Japanese pedagogy. He’s also interested in CALL and corpus research. Recently, he worked with the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources as a consultant on the council’s Tadoku-Extensive Reading LibGuide.

Research Interests

As an academic researcher my research focuses on the area of Japanese pedagogy. I am also interested in CALL and corpus research. My recent research investigates the effects of different types of reading activities on learners of Japanese. Since entering academia, I’ve presented my research at 17 national and international venues. I have also published three articles, two of which explore the effects of different Japanese language learning activities. I currently have two articles in press at different academic journals. As a research assistant supervisor, I also guide, mentor, and supervise graduate and undergraduate students on research projects.

Recently, I was invited to be a consultant for the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, providing expert knowledge and materials in preparation for the council’s Tadoku-Extensive Reading LibGuide. By invitation, I have also acted as a manuscript reviewer on Japanese language related articles for Foreign Language Annals.

Teaching Interests

My approach to language pedagogy places an emphasis on contextualized culturally appropriate behavior, both in word and action. Culture is integral to the language-learning process and relating culture to learning-in-context is key to assisting language learners in performing in the target culture. This approach to language pedagogy goes beyond a basic linguistic-only focus, and beyond treating culture as a separate language skill. Thus, I guide my students in using the ‘four language skills’ within the cultural context.

As a university instructor, I have demonstrated an outstanding ability in teaching the Japanese language using a student-centered pedagogical approach and in building strong relationships with my students of all levels and backgrounds. Further, I maintain a good rapport and work effectively with a broadly diverse group of students and faculty by being inclusive and supportive of individual differences. I also have experience managing multiple language instructors and coordinating multiple sections in a Japanese-language program at the university level. As a full-time visiting assistant professor of Japanese at Brigham Young University, I strive to recruit and retain students in the university’s Japanese program.

At the university level, I have developed two technological applications for language learning, taught and mentored students in 44 sections across the entire spectrum of the undergraduate Japanese curriculum, have contributed to the development of a new textbook and new blended/hybrid course, and have developed numerous other Japanese educational materials. I have also completed ACTFL Japanese oral proficiency assessment training further conveying my dedication to continual professional development.

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