Mayumi Oka

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Director of Japanese Language Program
Head Lecturer of Japanese Pedagogy - Summer Lang. Institute

202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 5028 STB
Phone: 734.647.9990

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Japanese Studies
    • Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Fields of Study
    • Japanese Pedagogy
    • Language Acquisition
  • About

    Teaching History
    Part-time Lecturer, Sophia University, Japan (1988-89)
    Full-time Lecturer, Columbia University (1989-96)
    Full-time Lecturer, Princeton University (1996-2000)
    Full-time Lecturer, University of Michigan (2000-present)

    Major Publications
    Rapid Reading Japanese - Improving Reading Skills of Intermediate and Advanced Students (Tokyo: The Japan Times, 1998)
    "The Benefits of Including Metaphors in Japanese Language Instruction," Nihongo-kyooiku no Shintenkai, O. Kamada, et. al. (eds.) (Tokyo: Hituzisyobo, 2005)
    TOBIRA Gateway to Advanced Japanese
    (Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers, 2009)
    Power Up Your Kanji (Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers, 2010)
    TOBIRA: Teaching Intermediate Japanese - Teachers' Guide (Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers, 2011)
    Bilingual Dictionary of Similar Metaphors in English and Japanese (with Seiichi Makino) (Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers, to appear in 2012)

    Board Member, Association of Teachers of Japanese (2007-10)

  • Education
    • Program in Japanese Pedagogy, Columbia University, 1992
    • MA, Education and Human Development, University of Rochester, 1985
    • BA, Chuo University, 1975