Associate Professor, Japanese
Japaneses Studies Program Coordinator
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 333, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
I am a born-and-bred Okanaganite and started my post-secondary studies at Okanagan College in Vernon. I received my B.A. in Pacific and Oriental Studies from the University of Victoria, and my M.A. in Modern Japanese Literature from UBC Vancouver. I have been very fortunate to be able to live, work and study for approximately five years in various regions and cities of Japan, including southern Honshu, Hokkaido, Tokyo and Osaka. I have been teaching Japanese language at the former Okanagan University College and UBC Okanagan since 1993.
I very much enjoy the challenge of introducing learners to a new language. I teach JPST 100 and 201, and in these classes I try to balance communicative approaches, task-based learning, focus on form, and traditional grammar explanations in order to help learners achieve functional proficiency in Beginning Japanese. Students are also required to undertake online projects with learners in Japan and other countries in order to gain intercultural skills and authentic experience with the target language. I also teach JPST 365 Gender and Japanese Language, where the class looks at issues of gender from the points of view of linguistics, history, ideology, sexuality and technology, and JPST 354 Introduction to Japanese Cinema, which explores Japanese film from the 1950s to the present day.
ResearchResearcher of the Month May 2011
Intercultural Studies and Practices
I am interested in both second language acquisition and the application of innovative computer technology in the teaching of language. I undertake research within my classes investigating online collaborative computer projects with students in Japan. My research interests also include dialect and gendered language in Japanese, particularly among university-aged students. A recent project combines these topics in an investigation of the construction of online identity and gender in language-learning classes. I am also developing and investigating the use of a custom-made online manga for teaching kanji.
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