Naoko Kurokawa

Naoko Kurokawa

Senior Lecturer of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

External address: 
2204 Erwin Road Room 236, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
(919) 681-4593

Naoko’s interests include language pedagogy with a primary focus on the proficiency-oriented approach, curriculum development, content/thematic based instruction, and computer-assisted language learning. She has taught at various JFL/JSL intensive programs, including Middlebury College, International Christian University and Kyushu University. In recent years, she regularly teaches at Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, which specializes in Advanced level language training for graduate students who are embarking on careers in Japan-focused studies, and she is responsible for developing course materials to bring those students a level of proficiency sufficient for academic or professional use. She has published on the effect of group projects in JFL courses, peer-feedback in L2 Japanese writing, and repetitions in L1 Japanese discourse. Currently she is exploring ways to integrate interactions with a local community into the JFL courses in order to enhance intercultural communication.


  • Japanese Linguistics
  • Foreign Language Pedagogy

Education & Training

  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison 2001

Mori, Mari, et al. “Speculation on the naming of Moyamoya disease.J Neuroradiol, vol. 45, no. 4, July 2018, pp. 261–62. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.neurad.2018.03.004. Full Text

Kurokawa, N., et al. “Using SNS to Enhance Cross-Cultural Communication: Perspectives from EFL Teacher-Training & JFL Instruction.” Proceedings of the Ciec Pc Conference 2013, July 2013.

Kurokawa, N. “Acquisition of the Explanatory modal n(no)da through the corpus-driven language pedagogy.” Proceedings of the Practice Study Forum for Japanese Education, the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (Nihongo Kyoiku Gakkai), July 2011.

Kurokawa, N. “Enhancing Intrinsic Motivation: Analysis of JFL Learners’ Motives and the Potential of Digital Comic Making.” Proceedings of the Practical Study Forum for Japanese Education, the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, 2009.

Kurokawa, N. “Examining the Effect of Peer Feedback and Internet-Mediated Communication in JFL writing.” Proceedings of the International Conference of the Japanese Language & Literature Association of Taiwan, 2009.

Kurokawa, N. “Pedagogical Use of the Fixed-form Verses in the JFL Instruction.” Proceedings of the 23rd Seatj Conference, 2008.

Kurokawa, N. “Learning beyond the Classrooms with iPods.” Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computer Assisted Systems for Teaching & Learning Japanese, 2007.

Kurokawa, N. “Repetition in Japanese Conversational Discourse.” Icu Studies in Japanese Language Education, vol. 3, 2007.

K Aoki, M. Isoyama, and N. Kurokawa. “Looking at Commercials: Windows into Culture and Language.” Proceedings of the 18th Catj Annual Conference, 2006.


K Aoki, M. Isoyama, et al. Videos for Japanese Language Education. Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 2005.

Kurokawa, N., and H. Endo. “Facilitating Kanji Acquisition and Retention by Using Web-based Practice.” Proceedings of the 19th Seatj, 2004.