NAME: DR. MOTOKO TABUSE
OFFICE: 323 ALEXANDER
PHONE: (734) 487-3346
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. She is also a Faculty Associate in the EMU Honors College  where she coordinates with honors students, parents, professors, and communities to promote and enhance academic success for students. 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 World 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 Japanese  among 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 in Illinois and Manhattan College in New York. She also agreed to serve 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 member , and a board member of the Association of Teachers of Japanese and the 2010 ATJ Annual Conference Chair .
1. Japanese Business Survey
In the summer of 2005, Dr. Motoko Tabuse and Yukari Fujiwara launched into research regarding “Japanese Business including Japanese business culture in the work place.” The purposes of the project are to review and revise the current Business Japanese courses at Eastern Michigan University and to train our students to meet the needs of Japanese corporations in Michigan. The data collections as well as the data analysis of the research project are presented here. We sincerely appreciate all the Japanese workers who voluntarily participated in the questionnaires of this project. Thank you very much for your all cooperation. <<Click here for Japanese introduction (pdf) >>
Presentation : Result of the Japanese Business Survey ( Best Viewed with IE 6.0 or higher)
2. JBSD/JSD Seminars conducted in February 2006
With a grant from JBSD, Dr. Tabuse organized two seminars on ESL (English as a Second Language) Education in Michigan for Japanese parents and students. Dr. Cathy Day (Eastern Michigan University) talked about "Quality ESL Teachers" on Febuary 18 and Ms. Jacie Moase-Burke (Oakland Schools Consultant) talked about "Michigan ESL Information for Japanese Students and Parents" on February 25. EMU Japanese section expresses our sincere appreciation for the Japan Business Society of Detroit and Japanese School of Detroit for giving us opportunities for hosting these lectures.
3. Advocating Business Japanese Programs in the United States
She interviews academic, business and government people and uses the video footage in her hybrid business Japanese courses and share them with other Business Japanese instructors in the US.
Video Samples (.wmv files, requires Quicktime on Macs)
Interview with Mr. Dennis Archer: Chairman of the Japan America Society of Greater Detroit and Windsor (August 2009) in English.
Interview with Mr. Muneo Takashi, Chief Executive Director of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Chicago in Japanese
Importance of Japanese language ability by Honorable Tamotsu Shinotsuka, former Consul General of Japan in Detroit, February 2007Interview with Honorable Tamotsu Shinotsuka in Japanese