Carnegie Mellon University

Keiko Koda

Keiko Koda

Professor of Japanese and Second Language Acquisition

341 Posner Hall
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Education: Ph. D.,  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


My primary research interest focuses on the development of second-language reading competence.  I pursue systematic investigations of phenomena influencing second language lexical processing and text comprehension.  Second language reading differs from first language reading in that involves two languages. My recent research includes empirical examinations of cross-linguistic interaction during processing.  To date, findings illuminate (a) the significance of first language literacy experience in the formation of second language metalinguistic awareness, (b) the specific contribution of such awareness to second language lexical development, and (c) amalgamation of literacy experiences in two languages in shaping second language lexical processing competencies.

My secondary interest lies in clarifying cross-linguistic variations in reading acquisition and their relation to second language reading development. Because languages differ in the ways they graphically encode phonological and morphological information, metalinguistic awareness varies systematically across languages.  Methodical examinations of such differences should substantially enlarge our understanding of the precise influence of structural properties on the formation of lexical processing skills, and, at the same time, permit conceptual explorations of the cognitive and linguistic requisites of literacy in a given language.

  • Second-language Reading
Member of Global Proficiency Framework Committee, USAID
  • Koda, K., Lu, Chan, & Zhang, D. (2013). L1-Induced Facilitation in Biliteracy Development in Chinese and English. In X. Chen, Q. Wang, & Y. C. Luo (Eds.), Reading development and difficulties in monolingual and bilingual Chinese children. Springer.
  • Zhang, D., & Koda, K. (2013). Morphological awareness and reading comprehension in a foreign language: A study of young Chinese EFL learners. System, 41, 901-931.
  • Nakamura, P., Koda, K. Joshi, M. (2014).  Biliteracy Acquisition in Kannada and English: A developmental Study. Writing System Research, 6, 132-147.
  • Koda, K. (in press). Reading Acquisition in Japanese. In L. Verhoeven, & C. Perfetti (Eds.), Reading acquisition across languages and writing systems: An international handbook. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lu, C., Koda, K., Zhang, D., & Zhang, Y. (in press). Effects of Semantic Radical Properties on Character Meaning Extraction and Inference. Writing System Research.

Department Member Since 1995