Masato Kikuchi

Associate Professor of Japanese

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Office Location:
Swann 315
Office Hours:
Thu/Fri 1:30-3:30pm (EDT/EST)


Dr. Masato Kikuchi is Associate Professor of Japanese in the School of Modern Languages. He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh where his research focused on the areas of application of natural language processing techniques such as development and evaluation of intelligent computer-assisted language instruction, discourse/pragmatics processing, and psycholinguistics. He is currently developing a virtual world based learning platform in Second Life, coordinating online Japanese courses, developing content for online Japanese, translation of technical and business documents and social media development in Japan. 

His latest research/development work focuses on building multi-player Virtual World platform in Second Life that enables language production with visualized feedback.  The current VW platform is accessible to general public via SLURL (Sky Platform at EduNation III in SL).

  • Ph.D. 1995, University of Pittsburgh, Intelligent CALI
  • M.S. 1982, University of Pittsburgh, Intercultural Communication
  • B.A. 1979, International Christian University, Intercultural Communication
Areas of
  • Instructional Technology
  • Intelligent CALI
  • Japanese Language
  • Second Language Acquisition


Research Fields:
  • Instructional Technologies for Foreign Language Acquisition
  • Japanese
  • Asia (East)
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Language and Popular Culture


  • JAPN-1001: Elementary Japanese I
  • JAPN-1002: Elementary Japanese II
  • JAPN-2001: Intermediate Japanese I
  • JAPN-2002: Intermediate Japanese II
  • JAPN-3001: Advanced Japanese I
  • JAPN-3691: Tech & Scientific Japn
  • JAPN-4113: Adv Reading & Listening
  • JAPN-4123: Tech&Bus Jpn Translation
  • JAPN-4173: Anime: Culture&Society
  • JAPN-4231: Design Websites in Jpn
  • JAPN-4233: Cali Pedagogy for Jpn
  • JAPN-4235: 3D RPG Develop. Japn.
  • JAPN-4500: Intercultural Seminar
  • JAPN-8804: Special Topics

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