Mariko Okabe, MA

Specialization: Japanese language education, applied linguistics, educational technology

Mariko Okabe, MA


1991, MA in education, International Christian University
1983, BA in linguistics, International Christian University
1989, Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test
1990, ACTFL OPI Certified Tester

Previous Academic Affiliations:

2013 Tsuru University (associate professor)
2004 University of Yamanashi (adjunct lecturer)
2000 National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (adjunct researcher)
1990 Monash University (lecturer)
1985 University of California, Berkeley (visiting lecturer)


Mariko Okabe focuses on actual language use, and incorporates various activities into her teaching so that students experience using language firsthand. Her research areas include Japanese pedagogy, Japanese teacher training, self-assessment of language learners, language learning support and learning resources. Her recent publications concern the utilization of resources outside the classroom, and how Japanese native speakers (tutors) gain through supporting Japanese language learners in a university setting.