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

Frances Ozaki

Frances was born in Austin, Texas and moved to Prague with her family at the age of five. While there, she traveled across much of Europe, developing a love for the international lifestyle. She completed her education after returning to the United States, graduating from Scripps College with a BA in Asian Studies and a minor in Japanese Language. Before joining CET, Frances spent five years living in Japan—two years as a student at Sophia University in Tokyo and three years teaching English in Osaka. Frances has advanced Japanese skills and passed the highest JLPT proficiency level, N1, in December 2014. She is passionate about travel and education and in her free time enjoys playing tennis, going hiking, and singing karaoke.

Frances Ozaki

Resident 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