1. What's your role at NYU?
As a Clinical Associate Professor, I teach Japanese language courses at NYU. As the Japanese Language Coordinator, I assist students with language placement and enrollment questions. I support students seeking guidance with study abroad courses that will count towards their language requirements.
2. Could you tell me about your background?
I have a Master's in Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before NYU, I taught at Brown University, UC Berkeley, and Connecticut College. I have also taught summer intensive programs at Middlebury College and other programs, including Princeton and Cornell.
3. Besides supporting students with questions about the Japanese language or course placement, do you want to share any you have been working on?
I organized student events, workshops, and conferences for Japanese language teachers and presented papers at conferences. I also have done some projects that connect different areas in language learning.
Most recently, Dongmin Kim, Jiayi Xu, and I worked on a book called "Language Triathlon for Peacemakers "Volume I was published in January, and Volume II is forthcoming.
I am part of a project that involves two colleges and three languages (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean).
- For questions and guidelines about Placement & Exemption Exams.
- NYU library has many Japanese books and ebooks for language learners from tadoku to JLPT. If you want to explore Japanese other than what you are familiar with, check it out. We also have the Japanese Language Table, Movie Night, and Tadoku club throughout the semester.
- If you are considering taking a course but already know some Japanese, we strongly recommend you take the online placement exam before registering.
Please visit Professor Nonaka's faculty profile to learn more about her.