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Shin Tsuchiya

Assistant Professor
Asian and Near Eastern Languages

3064A JFSB
Provo, UT 84604


Office Hours
TTh 3:00-3:50PM
3064A JFSB


Shinsuke Tsuchiya received his Ph.D. in Japanese Language Pedagogy from The Ohio State University and an MA in Second Language Acquisition from Brigham Young University. His interests are in language teacher training and second language socialization. His dissertation explores how language teachers and students perceive “native” and “nonnative” speakers of the target language (i.e. Japanese and Chinese), and how their perceptions are related to their background characteristics, such as their gender, first language, language level in the target language, language program, ethnicity, and age. He also documented the unique language socialization process of “divergent” language teachers, or those who do not fit in the stereotypical types of “native” and “nonnative” speakers of the target language, such as dialect speakers, heritage speakers, and non-L1 English nonnative speakers of Japanese. His research interests also include L2 Japanese narratives and measuring L2 Japanese proficiencies. He is a certified ACTFL OPI tester.


BA, Linguistics, BYU, 2009
MA, Second Language Acquisition & TESOL Certificate, BYU, 2011
PhD, The Ohio State University, 2016


Research interests include perceptions of native speakers, language socialization of language teachers and students, language teacher training, second language acquisition and assessment. He is currently working on a research project dealing with the socialization experiences of Japanese language students in an immersion program at a foreign language housing. He is also working on creating listening and reading proficiency assessment test items following the ACTFL guidelines, as well as speaking proficiency assessment test items using elicited imitation. He is co-authoring a new Japanese textbook series NihonGO NOW!, which will be published in 2019.

Research Interests

L2 language teacher training, L2 language teachers and students’ identity, language immersion programs and second language socialization, measuring and assessing L2 language proficiencies, L2 narratives

Teaching Interests

Japanese language courses (all levels), teaching methodology course, second language acquisition course


  • Ph.D., Japanese Pedagogy , Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Second Language Studies, The Ohio State University (2016)
  • M.A., Language Acquisition and Teaching , Japanese, Brigham Young University (2011)
  • B.A. , Linguistics , TESOL, Brigham Young University (2009)

Licenses and Certifications

  • Brigham Young University, TESOL Certificate (2011 - Present)
  • ACTFL, Oral Proficiency Interview Rater (Japanese) (2014 - 2018)

Honors and Awards

  • Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award for Excellence in Japanese Language Teaching, Association for Asian Studies (2016 - 2016)
  • The NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2016 - 2016)
  • Atsushi Onoe Fund, The Ohio State University (2015 - 2015)
  • Linguistics Scholarship, Brigham Young University (2010 - 2011)
  • TESOL Certificate Scholarship, Brigham Young University (2010 - 2011)
  • Humanities Foreign Language Student Residence Housing Scholarship, Brigham Young University (2009 - 2011)
  • Language Acquisition Scholarship, Brigham Young University (2009 - 2011)
  • Kenneth and Wilma Gardner Scholarship, Brigham Young University (2008 - 2009)


  • American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (2016 - Present)
  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese (2011 - Present)
  • National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (2016 - 2017)

Courses Taught