Daniel Felice '04

feliceTeaching English in Osaka

I enrolled at Mount Union specifically because I could major in Japanese - a rarity among Ohio universities. After studying with Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner for two years, I spent a semester abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, where I lived with a host family: an older couple that spoke no English. Thanks to what I learned at Mount Union, I was able not only to get by, but to thrive. My studies as a Japanese major at Mount Union were the foundation that enabled this success, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. After I returned, I continued my Japanese studies with Dr. Furuhata-Turner. For my Senior Culminating Experience, I translated some Japanese short stories into English.

After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to get a job through the JET Program teaching English at a junior high school in Daito City, Osaka Prefecture. I lived and worked there for three years. In 2005, I took and passed the N2 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Then, in 2007, I passed the more difficult N1 JLPT. At that time, the N1 was the most difficult JLPT grade available. (The JLPT is a nationally recognized test of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension and listening comprehension.) None of this would have been possible if not for the Japanese degree program at Mount Union. I encourage any prospective student with an interest in the Japanese language to apply.

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