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CET Japan

Seasoned Faculty

Your Japanese language instructors are experienced teachers, hand-picked and trained by CET. Instructors hold an advanced degree in language education or linguistics, and many have passed the Japanese language teaching competency test. Some have taught at US colleges and universities, so they understand the kind of language training you may have had before attending the program.

Your Japanese studies faculty teach your electives. They are instructors at the host university, and are accustomed to teaching international students of all kinds.

Full-Time, Bilingual, On-Site Staff

The Academic Director ensures that you and your classes are a good fit. She directs the curriculum, manages the faculty, and monitors courses. Do you have particular learning needs? Do you need advice for keeping up with the class pace? Talk to the Academic Director.

The Resident Director helps you get the most out of the program. She handles housing, excursions, and day-to-day logistics, and is trained in emergency prevention and management. Got an idea for an activity? Need to see a doctor? Just want someone to talk to? The Resident Director is your best resource.

Miho Young
Dr. Miho Ohta Young received her PhD from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she also taught Japanese language. Her thesis, entitled Collaborative Reasoning in Japan: English Learners’ Discussions and Experiences, explores the dynamics of a new instructional model for foreign language learning in Japan. Dr. Young is also experienced in in-service teacher training, online course development, and qualitative research.

Miho Young

Academic Director

Kiyomi Komuku
Kiyomi was born in Wakayama, to the southeast of Osaka. She moved to Osaka to attend Osaka Gakuin University and has been there ever since. As an OGU undergraduate, she became interested in study abroad and, in her junior year, joined the CET program as a local roommate. To this day, her CET roommate is one of her best friends! Kiyomi loves sharing her knowledge of Osaka and the surrounding region with students.

Kiyomi Komuku

Academic Coordinator

Masatomo Yonezu
Masatomo Yonezu studied both Swahili and East African culture, completing an BA at Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 2007 and an MA in International Studies at Hiroshima City University Graduate School in 2009. He then relocated to the United States to pursue a degree in ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington. He has conducted ethnographic research in Tanzania, focusing on institutionalization of traditional music. Prior to joining CET, Masa served as an assistant Japanese language instructor for beginning through advanced levels, and led study abroad programs for Indiana University high school students.

Masatomo Yonezu

Student Services Coordinator

Malika Watson
Malika studied Cognitive Psychology and Japanese at Vanderbilt University, and studied abroad with CET Japan in the Spring of 2012. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in 2013, Malika worked in student support at CIEE in Maine and then joined CET as Student Services Coordinator for Asia Programs from 2015 to 2017. Malika is a Texan who grew up all over the place – Texas, India, Spain, Pennsylvania, and Germany. Finding her passion for language, education, and cultural studies at an early age, it’s no surprise her career path led to International Education. Malika is a foodie and a bookworm, loves living in Japan, and is excited to share her enthusiasm with students in Osaka.

Malika Watson

Senior Student Services Coordinator