English as a lingua franca; intercultural communication and pragmatics; the role of gestures in second language learning and teaching; humor construction; second language teacher professional development.
Yumi Matsumoto is an expert on English a lingua franca — a shared language used among speakers with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She is particularly interested in how multilingual speakers use multimodal communication practices--such as gestures, laughter, and actions--to resolve miscommunication. Matsumoto is also interested in “seeing” how second language teachers develop professionally through the lens of sociocultural theory. Learn more about Yumi Matsumoto