Assistant Professor NTT, Japanese
Office Hours: Wednesday 1-1:30 p.m., Friday 4:30-5:00 p.m.

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Please come to see me if you have any questions or concerns.  Also, come to my office to chat with me in Japanese!

Ritsuko Narita has various teaching experiences at all levels of Japanese courses at Universities in the US as well as in Japan.  At Macalester College, she mainly teaches 2nd  & 3rd  year Japanese language courses. In addition to her classroom work, she plans the department cultural events such as the Asia Festival or Poetry Contest in alternating years. Narita also coordinates other departmental events such as Study Abroad Information Sessions.

Ritsuko Narita’s research interests include second language acquisition, language pedagogy, pragmatics, discourse analysis and conversation analysis, and computer assisted language learning.  She received her Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics at the University of Hawai’i in August 2009. She recently published her dissertation research in the Journal of Pragmatics, entitled “The Effects of Pragmatic Consciousness-raising Activity on the Development of Pragmatic Awareness and Use of Hearsay Evidential Markers for Learners of Japanese as a Foreign Language.”