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Dr Junko Iwasaki

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6424, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17.235
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6424
Facsimile: +61 8 9370 6593
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.235  


Junko is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Arts and Humanities. 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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
  • Master of Education in Applied Linguistics, The University of Western Australia, 1997.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Iwasaki, J., Oliver, R., (2018), Describing the acquisition of the passive voice by a child learner of Japanese as a second language from a Processability Theory perspective. International Journal Of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, 7(5), 247-259, Australia, Australian International Academic Centre.
  • Itani-Adams, Y., Iwasaki, J., Kawaguchi, S., (2017), Similarities and differences between simultaneous and successive bilingual children: Acquisition of Japanese morphology. International Journal Of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, 6(7), 268-276, Australia, Australian International Academic Centre PTY. LTD., DOI: /10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.6n.7p.268.
  • Iwasaki, J., Itani-Adams, Y., (2015), The process and rate of acquisition by second language (L2) and bilingual first language (L1) child learners: A case study of Japanese morphology. Studies in Language Sciences: Journal of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences, 14(Dec 2015), 30-58, Tokyo, Kaitakusha.
  • 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, Kaitakusha.
  • 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, The Japan Second Language Association.
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