Increasing Diversity of Japanese Language Teachers: Approaches to Teaching-Related Professional Development for College Students in North America


  • Amy Snyder Ohta University of Washington



The purpose of this article is to share approaches to raise undergraduate student awareness and understanding of Japanese foreign language (JFL) teaching careers, which might increase the number and diversity of our students who become teachers. These strategies, presented with examples from the Japanese program at <Institution Name>, are presented in order of ease of implementation, including  1) advisement to provide a space to consider JFL teaching as a possible career and to share share accurate information about JFL teaching opportunities and qualifications 2) guest lectures by local JFL teachers, 3) instructional units related to Japanese teaching and learning, 4) a new Japanese teaching-related internship program where students can get experience helping in a JFL classroom, and 5) courses on Japanese applied linguistics, including a newly-developed course on foreign language teaching methods featuring JFL in North American and EFL in Japan. 

Author Biography

Amy Snyder Ohta, University of Washington

Amy Snyder Ohta is an associate professor of Japanese Applied Linguistics at the University of Washington. Her most recent work considers how concept-based instruction can be applied in the teaching and learning of Japanese.


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