The achievement of proficiency requires a focused and efficient approach. Each component of such language learning needs to be synchronized towards the ultimate goal. This process encompasses the entire structure of a language course, including its curriculum, classroom activities, assignments, and assessments. We will explore these issues, particularly as they impact Category IV languages such as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, and teachers of any of these three languages are encouraged to attend.
Dr. Konomi is an assistant professor at Portland State University, teaching first-year and other upper division language courses at Portland State University. She graduated from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in linguistics. Her research interests include Japanese language pedagogy and Japanese linguistics. Prior to joining the Portland State University faculty, she taught at Williams College, MA. She has also taught in various teacher training programs across the country, and directed the MA program in Japanese pedagogy at the University of Maryland, College Park.