Teaching Assistant Professor in Japanese
iwashita@email.unc.edu
New West 102

Japan Table Counselor, Japan Club

Professional biography

I have enjoyed teaching first-year Japanese, third-year Japanese, and the fourth-year Japanese course “Manga as a Japanese Art and Culture” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). I truly enjoy the experiences of teaching Japanese language and bringing Japanese culture to UNC-CH.

I endeavor to bring to each of my classes a communicative atmosphere and learning based on the idea that language is a tool of communication. I organize each class to encourage lively interactive communication that is meaningful to students as they develop their language proficiency. Cultural aspects are also integrated into my classes to raise students’ awareness of linguistic environments and to build their sense of global citizenship.

I received an M.A. degree in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at the University of Iowa where I taught Japanese language courses as a teaching assistant. I also have taught Japanese language courses at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and the summer intensive course at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan. I also earned two certificates in Teaching Japanese Language from Seikei University and KCP International Language School, both of which are located in Tokyo, Japan. I am a certified oral proficiency interviewer (OPI) in Japanese language by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Research

My research interests are second language acquisition and language pedagogy, especially proficiency-based language teaching, task-based language teaching, content-based language teaching, and the application of Focus on Form (FonF). I am also interested in developing multimedia resources for Japanese language.

Awards

Course Development Grant, Carolina Asia Center, June 2012
Professional Development Fund, Department of Asian Studies, October 2011

Courses

JAPN 101: Elementary Japanese I
JAPN 102: Elementary Japanese II
JAPN 203: Intermediate Japanese I
JAPN 204: Intermediate Japanese II
JAPN 305: Advanced Japanese
JAPN 306: Advanced Japanese II
JAPN 414: Manga as a Japanese Art and Culture