Eastern Michigan University
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Motoko Tabuse


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Ph.D. World Language Studies, Ohio State University

Interests and Expertise

Motoko Tabuse received her Ph.D. in World Language Studies from The Ohio State University. Currently, she is a Professor in the Department of World Languages at Eastern Michigan University where she teaches courses at all levels of Japanese, business Japanese, teacher-certification courses and senior and graduate seminar courses.   Dr. Tabuse has over twenty years of experience in the field of World language education and has occupied a wide variety of positions, including Curriculum Specialist, European Language Program Inspector, Japanese Department Head at The Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California as well as having served as a Business language consultant/instructor at research and business institutions in Ohio and Michigan. 

She is a frequent presenter and invited speaker at local, state, national, and international conferences and has given numerous workshops for students and teachers of World languages.  She has written many academic articles and she reviews in scholarly journals such as Foreign Language Annals , and the Journal of Japanese Second Language Acquisition (Tokyo). Through the years Dr. Tabuse has actively served many professional organizations.  She was President of the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT) in 2003, Director of Japanese National Honor Society (2000-2003), Board member of the Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japaneseamong others. In an effort to increase the number of world languages taught in her institution, she participated in the U.S. Educators Trip to China and visited middle schools, high schools, colleges, and the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2005. She also continues to serve as a reviewer for the NCATE/ACTFL Program Review of World Language Certification programs, as well as for Michigan FL Teacher certification programs. Since 2006, she has been working as the College Board consultant for the AP Japanese for the College Board, and has taught summer intensive programs at institutions such as Northwestern University, IL, Manhattan College, NY, and the University of Iowa. She also to served on the ACTFL /FDP-Houghton Mifflin Award for Excellence in World Language Instruction Using Technology with IALL. She is currently serving as the College Board/Educational Testing Service’s AP Japanese Language and Culture Examination Development Committee , Co-Chair and Chief Reader Designate, and Vice President of the  American Association of Teachers of Japanese.

The Department of World Languages is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344