Shinji Sato is the Director of the Japanese Language Program at Princeton University. He completed his Ph.D. in anthropology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University and specializes in educational and linguistic anthropology. His works critically examine self-evident notions in Japanese language education including learning, culture, communication, competence, and creativity. He also proposes alternative classroom practices.
Sato is the co-author of several publications, including Bunka, kotoba, kyoiku: Nihongo/nihon no ‘hyojun’ o koete [Culture, Language, and Education: Beyond Japanese “Standard”] (Akashi shoten, 2008), Syakaisanka o mezasu nihongo kyoiku [Japanese Language Education for the Global Citizens] (Hituzi shobo, 2011), Rethinking Language and Culture in Japanese Education (Multilingual Metters 2014), and Mirai o tsukuru kotoba no kyoiku o mezashite [Language Education for Social Future] (Koko Syuppan 2015). He is currently editing books on reexamination of "intercultural communication" in language education as well as critical content-based Japanese instruction.
Sato has taught Japanese at Columbia University, Harvard University, HIF (Hokkaido International Foundation), and Middlebury College Summer Language Program.
1. Asesumento to nihongokyoiku [Assessment and Japanese Language Education]
2. Syakaisanka o mezasu nihongo kyoiku [Japanese Language Education for the Global Citizens]
3. Rethinking Language and Culture in Japanese Education
4. Ibunka komyunikesyon noryoku o tou [Rethinking Intercultural Communicative Competence]
5. Mirai o tsukuru kotoba no kyoiku o mezashite [Language Education for Social Future]