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Dr Junko Iwasaki

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6424, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17.235
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6424  
Facsimile: (61 8)  9370 6593  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.235  


Junko is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communications and Arts in the Faculty of Education and Arts. She is the Course Coordinator for Japanese and all other Language courses in the school.


Junko has been coordinating and teaching Japanese at ECU since 1998 with 26 years experience in teaching Japanese as a second/foreign language in Japan and Australia. Prior to the appointment at ECU, she taught in Japan, at high schools in WA, and at UWA.

Professional Associations

  • 2001 to date - Member of the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • 2011 to date - Member of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS)
  • 2012 to date - Member of the Japan Second Language Association (J-SLA)

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2011 - Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award

Research Areas and Interests

Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and its Application to Teaching focusing on the following areas:

  • Acquisition of Japanese as a Second Language (JSL)
  • Age Differences in SLA: Child and Adult Learners
  • Comparison between SLA and First Language Acquisition (FLA)
  • Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition
  • Interactionist Approaches to Language Learning and Teaching
  • Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT)
  • Corrective Feedback in Naturalistic and Classroom Settings
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in relation to SLA

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
  • Master, The University of Western Australia, 1997.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Iwasaki, J., Oliver, R., (2014), The acquisition of verbal morphology in Japanese as a second language (JSL) by a child: Emergence and accuracy. Studies in Language Sciences: the Journal of the Japanese Society for Language Science, 13(2014), 70-95, Tokyo.
  • Iwasaki, J., (2013), A Processability Theory (PT) -based Analysis of the Acquisition of Japanese Morphology and Syntax: a Case of an Intensive Adult Learner. Second Language, 12(Dec 2013), 21-42, Hiroshima, Japan.
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