Yukari Nakamura-Deacon has a MA in Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MA in Education from Carthage College. As an instructor at ASU, she teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced Japanese language courses and has taught calligraphy. Her research interests include student acquisition of pragmatic Japanese sentence final expressions and the effectiveness/implementation of student-led classroom activities. She is interested in implementing curriculum development to facilitate students’ language learning such as utilization of Japanese comic books. Prior to ASU, she taught at the University of Florida as a senior lecturer for 9 years and served as a board member of the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese for 3 years.