Miyoko Nakajima King
World Language Department: Japanese
International Club Advisor
International Club Moderator
This is my seventh year working as a Japanese teacher at Marist, and it has been a long and winding path for me to get here. I was born and raised in Nagano, Japan, and moved to Tokyo to attend Waseda University. While studying there, I started backpacking in Japan, and then in other countries. on my own. Through traveling, I became more and more interested in learning other languages and, also teaching my own language, Japanese.
I came to Eugene as a graduate student in 2000 and studied Japanese pedagogy and linguistics. I’m simply fascinated by languages. In addition to English and my native Japanese, I have studied Chinese and Spanish, traveling to mainland China and Guatemala as a student of those languages. I have traveled to many other countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia as well.
I was very fortunate to be able to work as a long-term substitute teacher here at Marist in the winter of 2008, while working as a research assistant at the U of O, and from there, to transition to being Marist's Japanese teacher starting in fall 2008. There are countless things that I love about Marist, but the number one reason is, the people. Every single staff member, all the students, and their parents. Awesome!
I am the coordinator for Marist's International Club, a small club open to all students. The club's goal, and my hope, is that participating students will have their view of the world broadened and enriched. I also work with Marist's international students two days a week after school, helping with their English writing and other academic needs. I love getting to know each individual and appreciate and enjoy helping all the hard working students I meet at Marist.
I have been practicing traditional Japanese tea ceremony for the last six years and I love spending time in the quiet tea room. I also enjoy watching sports games and events, especially American football games. Go Ducks! Go Spartans!
College Now Certified:
Japanese 3 – Linn Benton CC (JPN102)
Japanese 4 – Linn Benton CC (JPN103)
Japanese 5 – Linn Benton CC (JPN201)
BA from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan (in Commerce)
MA in Japanese language and pedagogy from the University of Oregon (MA +45 graduate level hours)
Chinese language at Jilin University, China
Education at Pacific University
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