April 22, 2019 at 4:05 pm

Alumni News | Yoshimura Returns as Visiting Scholar in Linguistics

Alumna Fumiko Yoshimura, Visiting Scholar in Linguistics Department

Alumna Fumiko Yoshimura, Visiting Scholar in the Linguistics Department

Ohio University alumna Fumiko Yoshimura, from Tohoku Gakuin University, was excited to return to the Linguistics Department after more than 20 years.

The Ohio University alumna was a Visiting Scholar for several months to observe classes and tutoring sessions in the English Language Improvement Program. She found this opportunity to notice the quality instruction and the learning environment as valuable and relevant to her teaching.

Yoshimura earned an M.A. in Linguistics in 1994 from the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO.

Yoshimura is a professor in the English Department at Tohoku Gakuin University in Japan, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students in academic communication. She is interested in how these skills are taught in ELIP, based on a genre-based approach, and so far she is impressed.

“The genre approach is my favorite, and it is nicely implemented in this program. But I’m more impressed by the instructors’ willingness to help students.” Upon her return to Japan, she hopes to implement the effective teaching she has observed in ELIP.

She remembers well her OHIO faculty members, most of whom have retired. After graduating, she stayed to teach Japanese for a few years. In Japan, she successfully applied what she learned in various teaching positions throughout until securing her current position.

Before earning her master’s, Yoshimura was an English teacher at a high school in Japan and was intent on keeping the same job till her retirement. But the M.A. from Ohio University changed her career trajectory and helped her secure a university faculty position that she couldn’t imagine before.

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