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Pedagogy Workshop on May 15th: Learning from Remote Japanese Language Instruction

Screen capture of Kaoru Ohta's shared computer screen showing how he teaches remotely.

April 5, 2021

Learning from Remote Japanese Language Instruction: Building on the Past to Equip Ourselves for the Future

Saturday, May 15th, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Virtually on Zoom – Register Below

A workshop for teachers of Japanese language. English: Below Japanese Description




ケンタッキー大学 丹野幸治先生
カリフォルニア大学ロサンゼルス校 林あさ子先生




主催者:太田 薫(ワシントン大学アジア言語文学科准教授)

Purpose of the Workshop

To reflect on the tremendous amount of innovation and learning that we have experienced while teaching Japanese remotely during the pandemic, using various digital tools, with a focus on considering how the skills and knowledge that we have developed can be applied to our Japanese language teaching beyond the pandemic, when we can return to our classrooms.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Asako Hayashi Takakura Lecturer of Japanese, UCLA
Dr. Koji Tanno Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Program Coordinator, University of Kentucky

Organizer: Kaoru Ohta Associate Teaching Professor, University of Washington

Keynote addresses will be followed by topically-focused discussion groups where participants can connect, plan for the future, and socialize. We will welcome proposals for discussion group topics. 

This workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Please update your Zoom software to the most recent version, by going to your Zoom settings. To do this, click on your Zoom profile and select “Check for Updates” from the pull-down menu. The Zoom invitation, with meeting link, will be sent to registrants by May 10th.


10:00 – 10:15 AM        Greetings, Introduction of Workshop leaders and Explanation of the each workshop

10:15 – 11:05 AM        Concurrent Sessions (1)

11:05 – 11:10 AM        Break

11:10 – NOON.           Concurrent Session (2)

NOON – 1:00 PM        Social Hour

‘Pivoting to the New Normal language education for Generation Z and Alpha’ with Asako Hayashi Takakura

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our learning environment. Among various alternative learning modes other than face to face instruction, remote teaching/learning has become our new normal. In this presentation, I will share some project based learning (PBI) activities and assessment used in K-12 and college language classes in the remote learning environment.

asakohayashi1-300x300Asako Hayashi Takakura is a lecturer of Japanese at University of California Los Angeles. Her research focuses on language development of Japanese-English bilingual children, curriculum development for Japanese heritage language speakers, and computer assisted language learning (CALL). Dr. Hayashi-Takakura earned her MA in Japanese pedagogy from Columbia University and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree from Boston University. Her recent presentations include Association of American Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) invited webinar in April 2020, and Journey from learners to “authors “ through Original Creative Writing at AATJ annual conference, March 2021.

‘Discovering new ways of teaching — Facilitating learner autonomy with’ Koji Tanno

In this talk Tanno discusses how to apply teaching techniques newly identified in remote instruction to face-to-face instruction. In particular, the issue of facilitating learner autonomy will be explained with examples taken from online first- and second-year Japanese courses.

tannoKoji Tanno is an Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of Kentucky. He received his PhD from the University of Washington. Previously, he taught Japanese at Lewis and Clark College, Eastern Michigan University, Arizona State University, and Middlebury Summer Language School.  His research interests are computer-assisted language learning, corpus linguistics, second language acquisition, pragmatics, discourse markers, and grammaticalization.  He also develops online applications for learning Japanese using JavaScript.

For more information or if you have discussion group topics, please contact the organizer: Kaoru Ohta, Associate Teaching Professor, University of Washington

Sponsored by UW Japan Studies Program with support by the Department of Asian Languages & Literature.

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