Ms. Tomoko Takami

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Director of Modern Japanese Language Program
Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages
Contact Information
Office Address: 
802 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Fall 2017: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00AM to 11:00AM or by appointment
Phone: 
215-573-3640
Fax: 
215-573-9617
Email Address: 

Biography

Education: 
  • EdM, Columbia University, 2012
  • MS, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
Recent Courses: 
  • JPAN011/012: Beginning Japanese I and II
  • JPAN111/112: Beginning Japanese III and IV
  • JPAN211/212: Intermediate Japanese I and II
  • JPAN311/312: Intermediate Japanese III and IV
  • JPAN381/382: Japanese for the Professions I and II
Other Professional Activity: 
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committie Member (July 2017-Present)
  • Board Member, American Association of Teachers of Japanese (January 2014-May 2017)
  • Director, National Japanese Exam, American Association of Teachers of Japanese (July 2013-May 2017)
  • Founding Chair of Japanese for Specific Purposes (JSP), Special Interest Group (SIG) at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) (2007-Present)
  • ACTFL OPI Tester Certificate (Japanese) (2001- )
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture Reader (2010, 2008)
  • Intercultural Development Inventory Administrator and Interpreter Certificate (2008)
  • Business Language Research and Teaching Award/Grant, CIBER Consortium for Business Language Research and Teaching (2013,2007)
  • Penn Lauder CIBER Faculty Research/Curriculum Development Grant, Penn Lauder CIBER (2010, 2009, 2008) 
  • Japanese Language Education Mini-Grant, The Japan Foundation, Los Angels (2010)
  • SAS Language Teaching Innovation Grant (2007, 2006), University of Pennsylvania. 
  • Best Project Award, the Second Annual Language Grants Showcase hosted by Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania  (2008) 
  • Teachers College General Scholarship from Teachers College, Columbia University (2010-2012)
  • Rotary Foundation Academic-year Ambassadorial Scholarship (1994-1995)

Publications

Selected Publications: 

BOOKS:

  • Co-editor, Mirai wo tsukuru kotobano kyooiku wo mezashite: Hihanteki naiyoojyuushi no gengokyooiku no riron to jissen [Language Education for Social Future: Critical Content-Based Instruction] (2015). Co-editor with Shinji Sato, Uichi Kamiyoshi, and Yuri Kumagai. Tokyo: Coco Syuppan.
  • Chukyu kara nobasu Bijinesu keesu de manabu nihongo.(Powering Up Your Japanese through Case Studies: Intermediate and Advanced Japanese) (2014; 4th printing 2017)  Tokyo: The Japan Times, Inc. 

Articles:

  • Review article, “Shigeru Osuka- Japanese for Healthcare Professionals: Introduction to Medical Japanese”  (2015)  Japanese Language and Literature. 49 (2). (pp. 375- 380) .American Association of Teachers of Japanese.
  • “Infusing the National Standards into Business Language Curriculum” (2010) Global Business Languages. 15, Article 4. Purdue University CIBER.
    Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gbl/vol15/iss1/4
  • Editor, “Meeting Student Needs: Perspectives on Teaching Japanese for Professional   Purposes” (2010). Association of Teachers of Japanese Occasional Paper.
  • Introduction. “Meeting Student Needs: Perspectives on Teaching Japanese for Professional  Purposes.” (2010) Association of Teachers of Japanese Occasional Paper.
  • “Employing International Business Cases for Business Language Instruction.”  (2008)  Global Business Languages. 13 (pp 63-79). Purdue University CIBER.
  • “A Study on Closing Section of Japanese Telephone Conversation.”  (2002). Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, vol. 18. Philadelphia, USA:  University of Pennsylvania

 Book Chapters:

  • “Proficiency-Based Instruction from Intermediate to Advanced level”  In Miura and Watanabe (Eds.), Proficiency-Based Instruction in Japanese Language Education:Application and Practice of ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (tentative Title) (in writing)
  • “Beikoku daigaku no bijinesu nihongo koosu ni okeru nakyoojyuushi no hihanteki gengokyooiku no kokoromi (A study of Critical Content-Based Instruction in Business Japanese Course in the United States).”   In Sato, Takami, Kamiyoshi, and Kumagai (Eds.), Mirai wo tsukuru kotobano kyooiku wo mezashite: Hihanteki naiyoojyuushi no gengokyooiku no riron to jissen [Language Education for Social Future: Critical Content-Based Instruction]. Pp. 297-322.  Tokyo: Coco Syuppan. (2015)
  • “Amerika ni okeru naiyo jyuushino nihongo kyoiku (Content -Based Instruction in the US)”. Co-author with Shinji Sato, Yuri Kumagai, Astushi Hasegawa, and Akemi Morioka.  In Sato, Takami, Kamiyoshi, and Kumagai (Eds.), Mirai wo tsukuru kotobano kyooiku wo mezashite: Hihanteki naiyoojyuushi no gengokyooiku no riron to jissen [Language Education for Social Future: Critical Content-Based Instruction]. Tokyo: Coco Syuppan.  Pp 77-121. (2015)
  • “Building Connections between Language and Culture Learning: A Hybrid Curriculum Model for More Effective Business Japanese Teaching.” (2010). In M. Gueldry (Eds) How Globalizing Professions Deal with National Languages: Studies in Cultural Studies and Cooperation (pp.79-99) The Edwin Mellen Press.

Conference Proceedings:

  • “New Approach to Business Japanese Instruction: Content-Based Instruction Using Business Cases.” Proceeding of the 9th Intenational Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese (in writing)
  • “Bujinesu nihongo no projekuto ni okeru manabino komyuniti wo mezasu kokoromi (An Attempt to Build Learning Community through a Project in Business Japanese) (2014) Proceedings of the 21st Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum.  Pp 1-10.  Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University.