Mako Beecken, emerita, received her M.A. in Teaching English as Second Language from Colorado State University.  She taught and was responsible for the curriculum development for the Japanese program at Colorado State University since its inception in 1988. She also taught a short Summer education abroad program at the Kagawa University in Tokyo. Her research interests include second language acquisition and Japanese language pedagogy. She taught all levels of Japanese courses including a theatre production and as culture course.
In 2018 she along with her husband, Tim established the T & M, alumni and friends scholarship for Japanese minors.


The 2014 Multicultural Staff and Faculty Distinguished Service Award (CSU) , the College of Liberal Arts first Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching in the non-tenure track faculty category (CSU CLA) award, the 2007 Teacher of the year at community/college/university level for excellence in Teaching, Leadership and Contribution to the Community award from the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT), the 2005 “Creativity Award” from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT), and the “Excellence in Teaching Award” in the category of temporary/special faculty from the College of Liberal Arts, 2000.


Co-authored the article "An Approach to Instruction of Pragmatic Aspects: Implications of Pragmatic Transfer by American Learners of Japanese," The Modern Language Journal (81, iii, 1997)


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