Yoko Azuma Prikryl

Instructor III (Japanese Language)

Degrees:M.Ed. University of Saskatchewan; B.A. Keio University, Japan; CTJSL, Tokyo, Japan
Phone:613-520-2600 x 6635
Office:324 St. Patrick's Building

Research Interests

  • Proficiency Tests in Japanese;
  • Innovative teaching methods;
  • Canadian bilingualism and multiculturalism;
  • Language Immersion programs;
  • Curriculum development


Current course information for this faculty member can be found by searching the Carleton Central/Public Schedule by Term and Name.

Courses previously taught

Recent Publications and Presentations

Y. Azuma (2011) “Nihon eno okurimono (A gift to Japan) – Promoting critical thinking” examines various aspects of the Canadian education system such as French immersion and gifted programs in public schools.  It concludes that Canada has been far more successful than Japan in fostering creativity in children and children’s ability to readily express their own ideas.  The author advocates that children should be educated to develop their critical minds rather than just to be obedient.  In order to become creative participants in global society, it is crucial that children in Japan can think critically and deliver tehir own opinions with confidence.

Y. Azuma, “Do volunteer teaching assistants recruited from native speakers help to increase the effectiveness of language teaching?” Bulletin, International Student Center of University of the Ryukyus, Vol.5, March 2008

Y. Azuma, ”Japanese Language Education in the program of Carrier Development for Asian Scholarship students”, Ja-Net Bulletin, No. 46, July 2008

Y. Azuma, “Curriculum development for business Japanese”
11th annual conference of Kansai Japanese Language Association, March 1, 2008, Kyoto, Japan


  • Society of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, Japan
  • Southeast Association of Teachers of Japanese, U.S.A.
  • The Japanese Association for Canadian Studies