Lecturer in Japanese
I have been at Vanderbilt since 2017. I have previously worked as a Japan outreach coordinator at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and also taught Japanese there for two years. Prior to that, I have taught Japanese language and culture in Argentina. I received my B.A. from University of Wisconsin and M.A. in education at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
My interests are in Second Language Acquisition including cultural experiences in language learning. I believe “language learning is communication learning.” In my classes, I encourage and enable my students to speak naturally about real-life situations. I use a communicative approach and use many authentic materials, audio, and visual aids. Students are encouraged to communicate in Japanese and exchange ideas. I also include discussions and cultural experiences to increase understanding of the language and culture. By learning Japanese, I hope my students will gain a new perspective for learning, and broaden their understanding of the world.
My hobbies include traveling, Japanese tea ceremony, Ikebana, and Calligraphy.
I am looking forward to meeting you all at Vanderbilt University!