Teaching philosophy

Teaching is an essential part of my academic life. Through teaching and interacting with students, I broadened my perspective on fundamental issues in linguistics, and deepened my understanding of the theoretical approaches to such issues. My teaching philosophy consists of three principles:

  1. make explicit statements about long-term goals and short-term goals that a student has to achieve;
  2. facilitate students’ interest through tangible but non-trivial puzzles;
  3. balance empirical and theoretical aspects in teaching specific linguistic analyses.

Current and upcoming courses

  • Spring 2017: BA Semantics 2 (LUCL)
  • Spring 2017: BA graduation seminar (Japanese Linguistics track, LIAS)
  • Spring 2017: BA 2nd-year seminar ‘Introduction to Japanese Linguistics’ (LIAS)

Past courses

  • Fall 2016: MA seminar ‘Trends in Japanese Linguistics: Japanese and theories of semantics and pragmatics’ (LIAS)
  • Fall 2016: BA 3rd-year seminar ‘Japanese Linguistics’ (LIAS)

Teaching experience at past institutions

  • Teaching Assistant, Advanced Semantics, Spring 2014, MIT (graduate; Instructor: Professor Irene Heim)
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Semantics, Fall 2012, MIT (graduate; Instructors: Professors Kai von Fintel and Martin Hackl)
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Linguistics, Fall 2011, MIT (undergraduate; Instructor: Professor Michel DeGraff)
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Syntax, Summer 2009, University of Tokyo (graduate; Instructor: Professor Takane Ito)
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Linguistics, Winter 2009, University of Tokyo (undergraduate; In- structor: Professor Takane Ito)
  • Teaching Assistant, English 1, Summer 2008, University of Tokyo (undergraduate)