Miyuki Takeuchi is an adjunct professor of Japanese. Throughout her experience in teaching foreign languages, including teaching English in Japan and Japanese in the US, her passion has been to help learners develop their foreign language skills at most and stimulate their interest in foreign culture and society at the same time.
In her PhD work, she conducted extensive research on grammatical and pragmatic development of learners of Japanese. In response to the findings, she proposed lesson plans to address the specific weakness among native English speakers in learning Japanese language at both formal and pragmatic levels and presented them at several conferences. She wants to continue researching on this topic and apply the findings to classroom teaching to provide her students the most effective Japanese classes for their skill development.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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- Upcoming term(s) ○
This course aims to develop functional Japanese language skills through exploring the features of Japanese society and culture. Among the unique features of Japan, we will focus on the three topics this semester, Japanese Youth, Communication Styles in Japan, and Current News. Students will continue developing intermediate grammatical structures and vocabulary in order to expand the volume and fluency of their speech and increase the reading/writing capacity on various every day and social/cultural topics. Major class activities include reading of passages including some authentic ones, video viewing, pair/group dialogues, discussions, essay/message writings, kanji studies, and presentations.
Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS
Japan’s Soft Power and Youth Culture
This course aims to deepen understanding of Japanese society and culture and develop Japanese communication skills at the same time. The overall theme of the course is Japan’s Soft Power. We will explore some of the current soft power that Japan could use and discuss the potential as a means to increase its international presence. As a source of the soft power, we will look into the Japanese cultural products that are popular among youth, such as anime, manga, computer games, and pop music to discuss their characteristics, uniqueness, and reasons of popularity. Students will read articles from various sources and discuss the current trend of these cultural products and their influence on youth, domestic and beyond, analyzing their roles as Japan’s soft power. Study of intermediate and advanced grammar and expressions will be integrated into the course work.
Spring 2018 - MIIS
Globalization in Contemporary Japan
This course aims to deepen the understanding of recent ‘globalization’ taking place in Japan and develop overall Japanese communication skills at the same time. The agenda to be discussed includes the globalization in the field of education, business, and media. Other fields may be looked upon based on the participants’ interests. The current circumstances of the globalization and the impact it has in the fields are analyzed and examined. Regular class activities include reading selected articles from online sources, newspaper, magazines, etc.; watching and listening to videos and news reports; and having discussion on the topics. The study of kanji compound relevant to the topics and the use of advanced grammar and idioms will be integrated in the course work.
Spring 2018 - MIIS
This course is for students who have knowledge of basic Japanese grammar and speaking skills at the intermediate level. The course has two major goals: One is to develop functional Japanese language skills used both for leading everyday life in Japan and discussing the social and cultural subjects studied in class. The other is to explore content areas on the selected cultural/social trends in modern-day Japan, such as health and garbage recycling, and 2020 Tokyo Olympics and future technologies of Japan. Students will be exposed to a variety of written and video materials as input and given opportunities for creative language production such as discussion, interviewing, essay writings, and presentations. Some intermediate grammar and kanji kanji compound will be focused and studied.
Fall 2017 - MIIS
The primary goal of the course is to help students
(1) expand four language skills at the intermediate/ advanced levels usable in personal and academic contexts, while solidifying basic grammar, vocabulary and kanji foundation; and
(2) expand knowledge on current social/political issues in Japan. The topics to be discussed will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, women’s status, foreigners in Japan, and a few others in accordance with students’ interests.
Class activities will include:
(a) reading of authentic materials that are both assigned by the instructor and chosen by students;
(b) having discussion about the selected topics;
(c) studying intermediate/advanced grammar, vocabulary, and kanji necessary to understand the authentic materials;
(d) writing summary and opinions;
(e) presenting one’s work to class;
(f) strengthening kanji reading and reproduction.
Fall 2017 - MIIS
This course aims to develop functional Japanese language skills while studying the features of Japanese society and culture. Among the unique features of Japan, we will focus on ‘Entertainment in Japan’ and ‘Building Social Relationship in Japan’ this semester. Students will continue studying basic grammar/ structures and new vocabulary in order to expand their communication skills and increase reading/writing capacity. Major class activities include reading of passages including some authentic ones, video viewing, pair/group dialogues, discussions, message writings, kanji studies, and presentations.
Spring 2017 - MIIS
This course aims to develop professional/academic Japanese communication skills while studying the subject, “The potential of Japan’s public diplomacy: the roles of cultural and business activities.” Public diplomacy, translated as????? or ???? in Japanese, is a diplomatic strategy pursued by various parties, such as the government, non-governmental organizations, private companies to communicate and engage meaningfully with foreign public and thereby develop better diplomatic relationships. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has been looking to the impact of practicing public diplomacy, hoping that Japan’s cultural and technological capabilities could create strong appeals overseas, which would eventually help enhance Japan’s diplomatic capacity. In this course, we will study, analyze, and discuss (1) what is “public diplomacy,” (2) what resources Japan could utilize to implement public diplomacy, focusing on the cultural and business activities, and (3) whether and how Japan can make use of the potential to improve diplomatic relations with other countries. Students will be asked to extensively read/watch authentic resources such as newspaper articles, magazines, online articles, TV programs, etc. to explore the subject. Study of advanced grammar, expressions and idioms, strategical reading and writing, professional presentation skills are integrated into the course work.
Spring 2017 - MIIS
This course has two major goals: One is to develop functional Japanese language skills which can be used in a number of settings one would encounter in everyday life of Japan. The other is to familiarize students with unique features of Japanese society and culture recognized in the same settings selected for the study of language skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of written and video materials as input and given opportunities for creative language production such as pair/group dialogues, speech, discussion, message writings, and presentations. Some basic structures and kanji kanji compound will be focused and studied in class.
Fall 2016 - MIIS
This course has two major goals: One is to develop functional Japanese language skills to be used for leading everyday life in Japan and exchanging their views on the social/cultural subjects selected in class. The other is to explore content areas on the selected features of Japan, such as nature and geography, family environment, and community environment. Students will be exposed to a variety of written and video materials as input and given opportunities for creative language production such as discussion, interviewing, essay writings, and presentations. Some intermediate grammar and kanji kanji compound will be focused and studied in class.
Fall 2016 - MIIS
This course aims to develop professional/academic Japanese communication skills through studying the topic “Energy, Environment, and New Technologies of Japan.” We will specifically focus on the energy and energy-related environmental issues that Japan has been experiencing since 2011. The subtopics to be discussed include the energy challenges and related policies that Japan has been implementing; the arguments on the use of nuclear power taking place since the Fukushima disaster; the deregulation of electric power that started in April, 2016 and the impact it has on the society; and the new technologies for sustainable energy sources and green environments as a solution to the problems, We study and analyze these issues through extensive reading/listening to authentic resources such as newspaper articles, magazines, online articles, TV programs, etc. Studies of advanced grammar, strategic reading and writing, and professional presentation skills are integrated in the course work.
Fall 2016 - MIIS
Areas of Interest
I enjoy teaching not only Japanese language but the content areas related to Japan and people there. It is very interesting to discuss various issues in Japan with students from various cultures and countries at the Institute. It enables me to see my own country from broader perspectives.
- PhD in Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington
- MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington
- BA in English and American, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Professor Takeuchi has been teaching at the Institute since 2012.
- Takeuchi, M. (2014). Subject referential expressions and encoding of referential status in L2 narrative discourse by L1-English learners of Japanese. Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana University.
- Takeuchi, M. (2010). The Perception of Geminate Stops by L1 English Learners of Japanese. Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online, Vol. 10.