East Asian Languages & Cultures
B.A., Tohoku Gakuin University
Lecturer in Japanese
Always looking for fun ways to get students actively involved in Japanese learning.
Working with my students and having them enjoy class while learning lots of Japanese is my main interest - I'm always looking for fun ways to get students actively involved in Japanese learning.
For over two decades I have been teaching college Japanese and courses from beginning to advanced level. Before coming Wellesley, I taught at Harvard, MIT, and Boston University. At Wellesley, I teach beginning and intermediate Japanese classes. This year, I've started a new course for advanced-level students to read original Japanese works of short fiction and essays by well-known contemporary authors.
My academic interests include Japanese pedagogy, language acquisition, and formal approaches to Japanese language proficiency evaluation. Most recently, I have been working on formal certification in Japanese oral proficiency interview assessment.
I love listening to music, reading mysteries, and photography. I also love animals.