Areas of Expertise

Makoto Negishi specializes in Japanese Language Pedagogy, Second Language Teaching Methodology, Second Language Acquisition, and the use of technology in language teaching and learning.


Makoto Negishi’s research interests include vocabulary acquisition, second language reading, and second language pronunciation.

Representative Publications

  • Negishi, M. (2020). Looking at the Power of Engagement in Classroom Activities. The 54th JLEM Conference Proceedings.
  • Negishi, M. (2018). Development of a Visual Novel to Foster Students’ Cultural Sensitivity. The 24th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum (PJPF) Proceedings.
  • Negishi, M. (2016). Examining Teachers’ Roles: Japanese as a Foreign Language Environment VS. Japanese as a Second Language Environment. Society for Teaching Japanese as Foreign Language Annual Spring Conference Proceedings.
  • Negishi, M. (2013). Making productive use of the five minutes before class begins. AZ-TESOL News, September 34 (1-5).


  • M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Northern Arizona University in 2014
  • B.A. in English with a focus on English Phonetics, Kanto Gakuin University in 2009

Previous Appointments

Before arriving at TUJ, Makoto taught at Northern Arizona University where he served as the Japanese program coordinator in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures. He also taught in various summer Japanese language programs in and outside Japan (Princeton in Ishikawa, Intensive Program in Japanese for Science and Technology at Kanazawa Institute of Technology, and a Japanese language immersion program at Concordia Language Villages).

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)
  • Arizona Association of Teachers of Japanese (AzATJ)
  • Japanese Language Education Methods (JLEM)