Masashi Kato i s senior lecturer and associate director in the Technical Japanese Program of the Department of Technical Communication in the College of Engineering, University of Washington. He received his B.A. from Keio University and his M.A. from the University of Washington. He has been a faculty member of the Technical Japanese Program since its inception in 1991. Kato currently teaches Japanese for Technical and Business Professions and Japanese for Heritage Learners. His current research focuses on technology-enhanced language teaching and learning, developing and implementing multimedia tools for oral communication instruction, distance learning for language training, and socio-linguistic analysis of daily language used in Japanese work situations. His latest project examines relationships between non-native learners’ reading strategies and the effectiveness of reading comprehension using an eye-tracking system.
Keys to Becoming a Successful Communicator in Foreign Languages
It is often said that Japanese people tend to choose indirect speech for expressing disagreement or making requests. Even in scientific papers, they seem to conclude their discussions less assertively than their...