Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner

Teaching Area(s): Japanese

I use a communicative approach. I also utilize several multimedia instruments for enhancing students’ language skills and for drawing their interest.

Japanese Learning Objectives

The Japanese major at the University of Mount Union focuses on several different aspects of Japanese culture. Japanese majors will gain speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills of the Japanese language. The living patterns, social structure, and value systems of Japanese culture will be discussed along with Japanese literature. Students will be able to understand the cultures and civilizations of Japanese speaking people along with an understanding of the careers and professions available to Japanese majors. Lastly, students will spend a period of time living and learning in Japan, experiencing the culture first hand.

Student organizations that are discipline-specific for students pursuing a Japanese degree include Alpha Mu Gamma, the foreign language honorary society, Japanese Club and the Association of International Students (AIS). Graduates of the Japanese program can choose from career opportunities such as public relations, teaching, business, social work, government service, scientific research, various technical occupations and legal and medical services. Many graduates also continue on to graduate study.

 Foreign Language Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to function in an environment where Japanese is used exclusively.  Students will demonstrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Japanese at the ACTFL Advanced-Low Level.  Additionally Japanese majors will demonstrate the ability to read written passages and write compositions from a minimum vocabulary of 400-500 Kanji Characters.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultures and civilizations of the principal groups of people who speak Japanese, from a variety of perspectives, including the historical, geographical, sociopolitical, literary and artistic.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of foreign languages to professions and careers.
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