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Favorite Quote or Motto“You can if you think you can.” –George Reeves

Surprising Fact about YourselfPeople in Japan are often surprised to know that I live in America and have a career here.

If You Weren’t a ProfessorI would work at a world institution like the United Nations.

Places to Visit or Things to DoI want to visit Paris, France again because I studied French in my college days.

Favorite MovieThe Borrower Arrietty by Hayao Miyazaki

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University Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner

Title: Professor of Japanese

Teaching Japanese
I was interested in foreign language education and the second language acquisition, which are perfect for teaching Japanese.

Professional Accomplishments
I created the teacher licensure program in Japanese for the state of Ohio several years ago with the cooperation of colleagues in my department. We currently have several students who have pursued or are pursuing the licensure in Japanese.

Teaching Style
I use a communicative approach. I also utilize several multimedia instruments for enhancing students’ language skills and for drawing their interest. I construct creative classroom activities for students so that they can learn the language with excitement.

Former Students
It is very exciting when former students contact me after graduating and tell me what they are doing in their careers.

The Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (KHIC) is my favorite building on campus. I like the post-modern architectural style, and my office is also located where I can view the Campus Lakes.

A Unique Campus
Mount Union offers a beautiful campus, small class sizes and frequent interaction with faculty and staff.

Preparing Students
Our curriculum incorporates classes into internship opportunities, community service and study abroad experiences to train students for work in the real world.

Research Interests
Foreign language education, second language acquisition, pedagogical issues on language teaching

B.A., American Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan
M.A., Political Science, Western Michigan University
Ph.D., Education, University of Idaho

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