Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Apr. 25–May 16
Instructors: Yoko Thakur, Sumiko Limbocker, Spence Limbocker, Michiko Sprester, Taiko Kimura
Class limit: 25
This course is for anyone who is interested in learning Japanese conversation. It is primarily for beginners, but also for experienced learners who want to brush up their Japanese. The participants learn situation-based conversations so that they will be able to use them in various situations when traveling to Japan. Participants learn not only Japanese language but also Japanese culture, because linguistic and cultural competency makes the trip more enjoyable and meaningful. The instructor will introduce basic Japanese expressions and other useful expressions relating to making hotel reservations, eating out, and shopping. Also, participants will learn the geography of Japan, transportation systems, places to visit, culture, customs, and cuisine, to deepen their understanding of Japanese society. In addition, participants will have opportunities to listen as experienced travelers to Japan give firsthand accounts of their trips.
Yoko Thakur received a PhD from the University of Maryland, an MA from the University of Minnesota, and a BA from a Japanese university. She taught Japanese language, culture, and history at George Mason University, Georgetown University, and other universities. She also taught in the Fairfax County Public Schools.
Sumiko Limbocker was born and raised in Tokyo Japan, and taught in the Fairfax County Public Schools Japanese partial immersion program. Her husband Spence Limbocker is a retired non-profit association director and has traveled to Japan many times over the past several years.
Michiko Sprester is president of the Japanese Americans' Care Fund.
Taiko Kimura is a former Japanese instructor at George Washington University.