Japanese Program | Modern Languages Studies

Author: Kimi Furuta

I was born and raised in Japan. After four years of teaching Japanese in Singapore, I moved to Canada for my MA in UBC.

I have been teaching Japanese at VIU since 1994.

Japanese-speaking Volunteers Wanted

The Japanese program at VIU is looking for Japanese-speaking volunteers who can help students in the first and second year Japanese language courses. In the past years, many international students took this opportunity and enjoyed meeting Canadians and other international students who are interested in Japanese language and culture.  If you are interested in teaching Japanese to non-native speakers in the future, this would be a great opportunity to have a first-hand experience.

You, as a volunteer, come to class on a regular basis (once or twice a week) and help students to practice Japanese by engaging in-class activities together. Sometimes, you meet students outside the classroom and give them brief tutoring sessions.

If you are fluent in Japanese (non-Japanese students are also welcome) and interested in this opportunity, please send an e-mail at yoichi.mukai@viu.ca, with the following information.

  • Your Name
  • How often you can come to class
  • Your availability to meet the student outside of class¬†

Please feel free to contact me at yoichi.mukai@viu.ca if you need any further information.

VIU Welcomes the New Japanese Professor

VIU Japanese program welcomes the new Japanese professor, Yoichi Mukai, from University of Alberta. He is taking over VIU Japanese program from Kimi Furuta, who is retiring at the end of August, 2019. Please contact Prof. Mukai (please see the “Contact Us” page) for any inquiries on Japanese courses at VIU.

ASIA230 (Introduction to Asian Cultures) Offered Again in Spring, 2020

Department of Modern Languages Studies is offering ASIA230, Introduction to Asian Cultures, in Spring 2020 for the 6th year.  It is currently scheduled from 16:00 to 17:30 on Mondays & Wednesdays.

This course will provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the main Asian countries, including elements from linguistics, literature, history of the region, socio-economic and political structures.  The course is taught in English and also open to Japanese and Chinese native speakers.  It is a part of the Certificate of Proficiency in Language and Culture in Asian Studies.

For more information on ASIA230, please contact the instructor, Lei Chen at (250)753-3245 x2327 or Lei.Chen@viu.ca.

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