Tomoko Takami

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Director of Modern Japanese Language Program
Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages
Contact Information
Office Address: 
850 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00PM-2:00PM
Email Address: 


  • 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
  • JPAN311/312: Intermediate Japanese III and IV
  • JPAN381/382: Japanese for the Professions I and II
Other Professional Activity: 
  • Board Member, American Association of Teachers of Japanese (January 2014-present)
  • Director, National Japanese Exam, American Association of Teachers of Japanese (July 2013-Present)
  • 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)


Selected Publications: 

Book Publication:

  • Chukyu kara nobasu Bijinesu keesu de manabu nihongo.(Powering Up Your Japanese through Case Studies: Intermediate and Advanced Japanese) (2014)  Tokyo: The Japan Times, Inc. 

 Paper Publication:

  • “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.
  • “Infusing the National Standards into Business Language Curriculum” (2010) Global Business Languages. 15, Article 4. Purdue University CIBER.
  • “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.
  • Editor, “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