Mayumi Oka

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Japanese Language
Director of the Japanese Language Program

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 Shin-tenkai, 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 - Teacher's Guide(Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers, 2011);

    Bilingual Dictionary of Similar Metaphors in English and Japanese (with Seiichi Makino, Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers, (to appear in 2012))

    Other : 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