Satomi Suzuki-Chenoweth

Coordinator of Japanese Program, Senior Lecturer of Japanese

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Office Location: Swann 332


Satomi Suzuki-Chenoweth (PhD, University of Georgia, 2011) joined Georgia Tech in 2003. She is a Senior Lecturer of Japanese and Linguistics. She currently serves as the Introductory-Level Program Coordinator of Japanese. She, along with Dr. Masato Kikuchi, have been pioneers of synchronous online language education, co-developing the Japanese online language courses nearly 20 years ago. This led her to develop additional (a)synchronous online courses, including Introductory Linguistics class. Her most recent projects have been focusing on cross-departmental collaboration with professors in the Biomedical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering departments, which highlights the importance of foreign language (FL) learning in conjunction with STEM education. Her research interests are in the theories of second language acquisition (SLA), particularly in conversation and multimodal discourse analysis, technology-enhanced FL education, and pedagogical application of SLA theories. Her 2013 publication in the CALICO journal entitled, Private turns: A student’s off-screen behaviors during synchronous online Japanese instruction, was selected as the journal's best article of the year. Her interest extends to cross-cultural communication based on her personal experiences, living in multiple countries, Japan, USA, Switzerland and Denmark. Besides English, she enthusiastically acquired French (DELF B2) and Danish as additional languages. Her role as a teacher is to facilitate bridges across culture, language and people to enhance the students’ learning process beyond the classroom setting. Her passion for teaching has resulted in her receiving multiple Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching awards, including Class of 1934 Award.

Areas of
  • Adult Language And Literacy Education
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Conversation And Multimodal Discourse Analyses
  • Foreign Language Pedagogy
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Machine Translation
  • Second Language Acquisition Theories


Research Fields:
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics


  • JAPN-1001: Elementary Japanese I
  • JAPN-1002: Elementary Japanese II
  • JAPN-2001: Intermediate Japanese I
  • JAPN-2002: Intermediate Japanese II
  • LING-2100: Intro to Linguistics

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