Areas of Expertise

Yuka Matsuhashi specializes in Japanese pedagogy and computer-assisted teaching and learning, cross-cultural communication, and experiential learning.

Teaching Interests

Yuka has been teaching courses on Japanese language and practical Japanese for study abroad students. Prior to joining TUJ in 2014, she taught Japanese at the University of Nevada, Reno, Willamette University, and University of Oregon in the United States.


Yuka Matsuhashi’s research interests include the effect of self-efficacy in second language learning and language learner autonomy on academic success.
She is also interested in Intercultural Communication, especially the intercultural dynamics made evident through interactions, especially in higher education settings.

Representative Publications

  • Matsuhashi Y. (2015) Politeness Strategies in Japanese Requests. Outside the Box: The Tsukuba Multi-Lingual Forum, 7 (2)
  • Matsuhashi Y. (written in collaboration with Fudano, H. & Fujii, K. & Uotate Y) (2012) Problem-Based-Learning Project for Exchange Students to Learn Basic Japanese in Science & Technology through Interaction with Japanese Students. The Society for Technical Japanese Education Journal, 14.
  • Matsuhashi Y. (written in collaboration with Banks, S.) (2019). When “real” intercultural learning is happening: Case of American study abroad students in Tokyo. IACCM-IÉSEG 2019 Conference Proceedings, 98-108.
  • Matsuhashi Y. (written in collaboration with Banks, S.) (2019). Gaps in Intercultural Understanding during Interaction: Insight Analysis of Japanese and American University Students. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 22.
  • Matsuhashi, Y. (written in collaboration with Uotate, Y.) (2018) Effective Class Preparation – What students can do prior to Class. Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum 2018 Conference Proceedings, 99-116.


M.A. in Linguistics, University of Oregon

B.A. in Linguistics, Western Washington University

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Association of Teachers of Japanese (CAJLE)
  • Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR)
  • Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)