Yoko Hasegawa Mail

Hasegawa Photo Yoko Hasegawa, Professor of Japanese Linguistics, received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. She teaches Japanese Linguistics and serves as Coordinator of the Japanese Language Program. Her publications include: The Cambridge Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming; Japanese: A Linguistic Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2014; The Routledge Course in Japanese Translation, Routledge, 2011; Soliloquy in Japanese and English, John Benjamins, 2010; Nihongo kara mita nihonjin: Shutaisei no gengogaku (with Y. Hirose), Kaitakusha, 2010; Elementary Japanese Volume 1, 2, Teacher's Guide (with W. Kambara, N. Komatsu, Y. Konno Baker, K. Nonaka, C. Shibahara, M. Tomizuka, K. Yamaguchi), Tuttle Publishing, 2005-2006; A Study of Japanese Clause Linkage: The Connective -TE in Japanese, Stanford: CSLI and Kurosio Publishers, 1996.


Kayoko Imagawa Mail

Imagawa Photo Kayoko Imagawa received her M.A. in Teaching Japanese as a Second Language from San Francisco State University and has taught Japanese to students of all ages from elementary school children through adults. She has taught at Castilleja School (middile and high school) in Palo Alto and at several language schools in San Francisco prior to coming to UC Berkeley in 2006. She is interested in effective uses of technology in the classroom as well as Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and travel.

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Wakae Kambara Mail

Kambara Photo Wakae Kambara graduated from Tokyo Women's Christian University with a B.A. in psychology and earned an M.A. in Educational Psychology from Tokyo University of Education (currently, University of Tsukuba) and an M.A. in Teaching Japanese from San Francisco State University. She also holds a licentiated diploma for TESOL from Trinity College in London, U.K. She is a certified ACTFL OPI tester. Kambara has been teaching at UC Berkeley since 1994. Her publications include Elementary Japanese Volume 1, 2, Teacher's Guide (with Y. Hasegawa et al.), Tuttle Publishing, 2005-2006, "Literacy in the foreign language curriculum: A supplementary grammar course for intermediate Japanese instruction" (with Y. Hasegawa) in Japanese Language and Literature, 2008, and "Teaching Japanese pragmatic competence using film clips" in L2 Journal, 2011.

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Noriko Komatsu Wallace Mail

Komatsu Photo Noriko Komatsu is a lecturer of the Japanese language. She graduated from Gakushuin University with a major in Japanese literature, completed a research course at the University of Tokyo and received training as a Japanese language specialist at the National Language Research Institute, Tokyo. Her publications include co-authorship of An Introduction to Advanced Spoken Japanese and contributions to Formal Expressions for Japanese Interaction and Writing Letters in Japanese, textbooks published by the Inter-University Center in Yokohama, contributions to A Japanese Language Education Handbook, Taishukan, Elementary Japanese Volume 1, 2, Teacher's Guide (with Y. Hasegawa et al.), Tuttle Publishing, and numerous articles in Studies of Comparative Literature, University of Tokyo, Nihongo Journal, etc. She is also a published poet and translated a modern English Noh Drama (Musashino University, 2005). Besides the Inter-University Center where she was Program Coordinator, she has taught at several universities in Japan and in the U.S., including Ochanomizu University, Middlebury College and Stanford University. She is particularly interested in premodern Japanese literature.

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Yumi Konishi Mail

Konishi Photo Yumi Konishi was born in Osaka and grew up in Japan. She received an M.A. in English from Loras College (in Iowa) and an M.A. in Japanese (teaching emphasis) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has since taught Japanese as a foreign language in Canada, Japan, and the United States, including US Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship program in Japan the past two summers. She first taught at UC Berkeley in 2007 and has enjoyed teaching there on and off ever since.

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Yasuko Konno Baker Mail

Konno Photo Yasuko Konno Baker was born and grew up in Tokyo. She received a Master's Degrees in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina and in Japanese from San Francisco State University. She has taught Japanese and English in Japan, and has been teaching Japanese at UC Berkeley since August 1992. Students' comments mention that her classes are lively and fun. She believes that it is crucial to have good communication with and among students in order to facilitate their learning, so she encourages students to cooperate and get to know each other well. She has had many professional presentations on in-class activities and reading-writing projects using the Internet. Her publications include Elementary Japanese Volume 1, 2, Teacher's Guide (with Y. Hasegawa et al.), Tuttle Publishing. Her current interests are effective use of the Internet for teachers, and reading activities for advanced students. Her hobbies include exercise, listening to music (The Beatles, Elvis Presley and classical), gardening, and watching football and baseball.

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Yuriko Miyamoto Caltabiano Mail

Miyamoto Photo Yuriko Miyamoto Caltabiano was born in Tokyo. She earned her B.A. degree in Japanese Linguistics, and her M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from Sophia University in Tokyo. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics (Second Language Acquisition and Development) from University of California at Davis. Her publications are: "Gaikoku ni tsunagaru kodomo ni taisuru kateikyoshi borantia no yakuwari", Sophia Junior College Faculty Journal, 2009; "Children's negotiation of multicultural identities and multiple languages in Japan: An ethnographic study of a Cambodian boy", Japan Journal of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism, 2009; "Consequences of shifting styles in Japanese: L1 listeners' attitudes towards L2 speakers' politeness", Second Language Research Forum Proceedings, 2008.

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Chika Shibahara Mail

Shibahara Photo Chika Shibahara has more than 25 years of classroom experience teaching languages. She was born in Osaka, and graduated from Kyoto Women's University with a B.A. and Master's degree in English. She also holds a Master's degree in the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language from San Francisco State University. Ms. Shibahara's early language-related experience includes translating and writing for magazines. She has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley since 1993. Previously, she taught at colleges in the Bay Area as well as in Hawaii and Washington. Her research interest includes teaching language and developing students' symbolic competence through films and literature. Her publications include Elementary Japanese Volume 1, 2, Teacher's Guide (with Y. Hasegawa et al.), and she co-authored "Film as Source Material in Advanced Foreign Language Classes" (L2 Journal, vol 6.1). She served as the Coordinator for Academic Outreach at the Berkeley Language Center from 2013 to 2016.

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Masako Shimizu Mail

Shimizu Photo Masako Shimizu grew up in Japan and graduated from Keio University in Tokyo with a B.A. in Japanese Literature. She received an M.S. in Journalism from Boston University. She worked for the Yomiuri Shimbun and TV Asahi, reporting from Japan, Asia, and the US. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she taught Japanese conversation and Kanji at San Francisco State University and Japanese at the University of San Francisco where she received an Award for Distinguished Service to Disability Issues. She has focused her studies and career on improving communications between cultures.

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Maki Takata Mail

Takata Photo Maki Takata earned her B.A. in Spanish at Kansai University of Foreign Languages (Kansai Gaidai University) in Osaka. She also earned a second B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in Teaching Japanese as a Second Language at San Francisco State University. She has been teaching Japanese in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2001.


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