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Atsuko Takahashi

Senior Lecturer in Japanese


email Send E-mail office Office: Dewey 206 phone Phone: 585-3448
Office Hours: Mondays 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.; and by appointment


Atsuko Takahashi is originally from Shizuoka, Japan. She earned her B.A. at Japan Womens University in Japan and M.S.Ed. at the University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive teaching experience between the U.S. and Japan over ten years. In 2010, she was awarded a grant from the Association of Asian Studies to start creating a learners' Japanese book section in the library at Smith.

She teaches Japanese by emphasizing the direct, communicative method as well as student-centered class interactions. She creates curricula in linguistic, sociocultural, and educational terms by integrating different theories and pedagogies for Japanese classes. Thus, her courses are designed to 1) promote students' language skills, critical thinking, and autonomy in learning Japanese and 2) help students develop a sense of intercultural sensitivity, awareness, and understanding in global society. By actively collaborating with the library resources and effectively using technology in her curriculum, she encourages students' learning beyond the classroom. Her current research focuses on the pedagogical development between Information Literacy and foreign language education. She enjoys teaching and learning as well as interacting with students and working with student organizations.