Carnegie Mellon University

Yumiko Adachi

Yumiko Adachi

Education: M.A. University of Wisconsin - Madison, Japanese Linguistics; B.A. International Christian University (ICU), Political Science (with Certificate in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language)


I became deeply interested in teaching Japanese as a foreign language as I was taking courses for a certificate at my university in Japan. This led me to teach Japanese at a vocational school in China, after which I became a Japanese TA at Middlebury College for a couple of years. These experiences fueled my desire to learn more about the Japanese language and pedagogy, which led me to pursue a Master's degree in Japanese linguistics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I then became the coordinator of the Japanese Studies Program at West Virginia University, where I worked for 8 years building the program. I have always had a strong interest in Kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese) and how best to teach them to students. During my time at WVU, I noticed the importance of being able to infer the meaning of novel Kanji compounds in authentic texts and decided to come to CMU to do research along these lines.

  • Second language reading
  • Word recognition
  • Lexical inferencing

Department Member Since 2023