Izumi Funayama

Undergraduate Discipline

Japanese

BA, Waseda University, Japan. MA, Ohio University. PhD, The University of Texas-Austin. Doctoral Dissertation: Intercultural experiences and practices in a Chinese-Japanese joint venture: A study of narratives and interactions about and beyond “Chinese” and “Japanese.” Associate professor, Kumamoto University, Japan; certified professional co-active coach, Coach Training Institute; certified designer and facilitator of LEGO Serious Play Method; certified instructor, Omotesenke tea ceremony. Recipient of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. Interests include intercultural communication, ethnography, narrative analysis, discourse analysis, intercultural training, and intercultural coaching. SLC, 2014–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Japanese

Japanese III

Intermediate/Advanced , Seminar—Year

This course is for students who have completed Japanese II or its equivalent. The aim of the seminar is to advance students’ Japanese language proficiency in speaking and listening, reading (simple essays to authentic texts), and writing in various styles (emails, essays, and/or creative writing). Students will meet for classes and conferences with the instructor and for weekly individual tutorials with a language assistant.

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Previous Courses

Japanese I

Open , Seminar—Year

This course will be taught by Ms. Oyama in the fall and Ms. Funayama (Onishi) in the spring.

This course is for students with no previous knowledge of Japanese. Students will develop basic communicative skills in listening comprehension and speaking, as well as skills in reading and writing (katakana, hiragana, and basic kanji) in Japanese. While classes will be devoted primarily to language practice, an understanding of Japanese grammar will also be emphasized as an important basis for continued language learning. Classes will meet three times weekly, and tutorials with a language assistant will meet once a week.

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Japanese III/IV

Intermediate/Advanced , Seminar—Fall

This course is for students who have completed Japanese II or Japanese III (or their respective equivalents). The aim of the seminar is to advance students’ Japanese language proficiency in speaking and listening, reading (simple essays to authentic texts), and writing in various styles (emails, essays, and/or creative writing). Students will meet for classes and conferences with the instructor and for weekly individual tutorials with a language assistant.

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Japanese II

Intermediate , Seminar—Year

This advanced-beginning course is for students who have completed Japanese I or its equivalent. Students will continue to develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing while expanding their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. At the end of the course, students should be able to handle simple communicative tasks and situations effectively, understand simple daily conversations, write short essays, read simple essays, and discuss their content. Classes will meet three times weekly, and tutorials with a language assistant will meet once a week.

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