Associate Professor, Japanese Program Coordinator
Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1993
M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language, University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
B.A. Psychology (with High Honors), Wheaton College, 1984
Current Research Projects:
I am currently doing research on the following topics:
- Identity formation via narrative in Japanese and English-language social media
- Research methodology in multilingual interviewing; discourse analysis of Japanese research interviews
- Instructional innovation in language teaching; The role of creativity in TA development
- Applying systemic-theoretic instruction (sociocultural theory) to teaching Japanese
- Amy Snyder Ohta. "Laughter and second language acquisition: A study of Japanese foreign language classes." Japanese Applied Linguistics: Discourse and Social Perspectives, ed. Mori, Junko, and Amy Snyder Ohta. New York: Continuum, 2008.
- Amy Snyder Ohta. Junko Mori, eds. Japanese Applied Linguistics: Discourse and Social Perspectives. London: Continuum, 2008.
- Amy Snyder Ohta. "Interlanguage pragmatics in the zone of proximal development." System 33.3 (2006). 503-517.
- Amy Snyder Ohta. "The Zone of Proximal Development and Second Language Acquisition: Beyond Social Interaction." Readings in Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Pedagogy in a Japanese Context, ed. Asako Yoshitomi, Tae Umino and Masashi Negishi. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2006. 155-178.
- Amy Snyder Ohta. "Confirmation checks: A discourse analytic reanalysis." Japanese Language & Literature 39 (2005): 383-412.
- Amy Snyder Ohta, Pauline Foster. "Negotiation for meaning and peer assistance in second language classrooms." Applied Linguistics 26.3 (2005): 402-430.
- Amy Snyder Ohta. Second Language Acquisition Processes in the Classroom: Learning Japanese. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001.
- Amy Snyder Ohta. Second Language Acquisition Processes in the Classroom: Learning Japanese.
- Amy Snyder Ohta. "Limitations of social interaction in second language acquisition: Learner “voices” and mediation in the zone of proximal development." Conceptualising ‘Learning’ in Applied Linguistics, ed. Paul Seedhouse. London: Multilingual Matters (forthcoming).
- Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture: Junko Mori on Translingual Competence and Asian Language Education - May 26, 2017
- Faculty News 2010 - June 1, 2010