Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich Associate Professor, Chair of the Undergraduate Committee
Early Literacy; English Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language Acquisition; Literacy development; Quantitative methods; Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.
Ed.D., Human Development and Psychology with a focus on Language and Literacy Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
B.A. English Literature, University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan.
Chen, S.H., Zhou, Q., Uchikoshi, Y., Bunge, S. (2014). Variations on the bilingual advantage? Links of Chinese and English proficiency to Chinese American children’s self-regulation. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 1069. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01069
Hammer, C. S., Hoff, E., Uchikoshi, Y., Gillanders, C., Castro, D. C., & Sandilos, L.E. (2014). The language and literacy development of young dual language learners: a critical review. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 715-733. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.05.008
Uchikoshi, Y. (2014). Development of vocabulary in Spanish-speaking and Cantonese-speaking English Language Learners. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35 (1), 119-153.
Sandhofer, C. & Uchikoshi, Y. (2013). Cognitive consequences of dual language learning: Cognitive function, language and literacy, science and mathematics, and socio-emotional development. In Governor’s State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care. California’s Best Practices for Young Dual Language Learners: Research Overview Papers. Sacramento: CDE Press.
Uchikoshi, Y. (2013). Predictors of English reading comprehension: Cantonese-speaking English language learners in the U.S. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 26(6), 913-939.
Leung, G. & Uchikoshi, Y. (2012). Relationships among language ideologies, family language policies, and children’s language achievement: A look at Cantonese-English bilinguals in the U.S. Bilingual Research Journal.
Uchikoshi, Y. & Marinova-Todd, S. (2012). Vocabulary and early literacy skills of Cantonese-speaking English language learners in the U.S. and Canada. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 25(9), 2107-2129.
Hammer, C., Jia, G., & Uchikoshi, Y. (2011). Language and literacy development of bilingual preschoolers growing up in the United States: A call for research. Child Development Perspectives, 5(1), 4-9.
Awards and Honors
Foundation of Child Development Young Scholars Program, Grant recipient.
International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Finalist. 2005.
International Reading Association Jeanne S. Chall Dissertation Fellowship. 2002.
Harvard Graduate School of Education Action for Children’s Television Fellowship. 2002.
Harvard Graduate School of Education Advanced Doctoral Grant. 2001.
Itochu Foundation Fellowship. 1997-1998.
Harvard Graduate School of Education Entering Award. 1997.
Current Activities and Service
Member, Advisory Board, Disney Junior.
Member. Advisory Board. PBS Ready to Learn Literacy Project.
Courses Taught at UC Davis
EDU173/LIN173 Language Development
EDU100 Introduction to Schools
EDU206B Inquiry into Classroom Practice: Intervention and Data Collection
EDU206C Inquiry into Classroom Practice: Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Reporting
EDU206D Inquiry into Classroom Practice: Analysis
EDU242 Research on Text Comprehension
EDU245 Theory and Research in Early Literacy
FRS004-005 Television and the Developing Child
NICHD. “Understanding Literacy Acquisition through Immersion in Foreign Languages” (R01HD078351). 2015-2020.
Language Learning. “Cantonese-English Dual Language Immersion study.” 2015-2016.
Foundation for Child Development, “The Cumulative Effect of Primary School Experience on English Language Learners.” 2008-2011.
Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Program. “Early Literacy Study of Immigrant Children.” 2005-2008.
Our research focuses on the language and literacy development of young children, particularly dual language learners. We have several ongoing projects. The lab is supported by grants from the National Institute of Health and the Foundation for Child Development.