Nakamura, Katsuji

Email: knakamura@usiu.ac.ke | Telephone: +254 724-454100

Areas of interest/specialization: Teaching methods, classroom activities.

Biography:

(Mr. Katsuji Nakamura is a lecturer of Japanese. He is one of the founding members of Japanese Language Teachers Association – Kenya, and served as its chair from Jan 2010 to Jan 2019. During his tenure, the association organized East African Conference on Japanese language education in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018; and published its conference proceeding as Japanese Language Education in East Africa vol. 1 and 2. He had presented 7 conference papers on the use of SNS and manzai (Japanese comedy) in teaching Japanese, etc. and a few journal papers including “Students’Perception of Ethnicity and Learning: A Case Study of at United States International University,” Journal of Language, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Africa, Vol. 2 USIU:2009. He had been chair of Japanese language proficiency test organizing committee, and organized annual national speech contest during the tenure as well. He was voted as best male lecturer of the school from 2007 to 2011, and was awarded Faculty of the Year in 2008. He was also awarded Certificate of Commendation at Embassy of Japan at the ceremony to celebrate 50th anniversary of diplomatic relation between Japan and Kenya for his contribution to building the friendship between the countries.

Academic Degrees

1995 – 1999 University of Nairobi (M.A. in Literature)

1990 – 1995 Soka University in Tokyo, Japan (B.A. in Japanese)

Journal Articles

April 2018 (Forthcoming) “Japanese Language Education in Kenya: 2016,” Japanese Language Education in East Africa 3 (Nairobi 2019) Japanese Language Teachers’ Association – Kenya)

August 2016 , “Teaching Japanese at University in Kenya: Some Experiments at USIU” co-authored with Wanda Masinde), Japanese Language Education in East Africa 2 (Nairobi 2016) Japanese Language Teachers’ Association – Kenya)

Aug 2016 “Learning Japanese Culture, Society and Life at Basic Level of Japanese Course in East Africa: A Case Study of USIU, Kenya” Japanese Language Education in East Africa 2 (Nairobi 2016)

Feb 2014 “Exploring the Use of Facebook Message Box in the Basic Level Japanese Class: An Experiment” Japanese Language Education in East Africa 1 (2014) Japanese Language Teachers’ Association – Kenya)

Feb 2014 “Student’s anxiety, teacher’s attitude, and teaching methods” vis-à-vis “students’ perception of achievement” in Japanese course: Preliminary Survey” Japanese Language Education in East Africa 1

Feb 2014 “The Use of Social Media in Teaching Japanese: Exploring Different Tasks in an attempt to Solicit Students’ Contributions in Facebook Group Page” Japanese Language Education in East Africa 1

Books

Feb 2012 Teach Yourself Japanese (English-Japanese Beginners Audio Book) (Global Publishers Canada: Toronto)

4.0 Teaching:

Beginning Japanese 1 &2, Intermediate Japanese 1 & 2, Advanced Japanese 1 & 2, Japanese Culture and Civilization

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