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Japanese Language & Culture

For new and experienced AP teachers

course description:

The Japanese AP Summer Institute is designed to familiarize Japanese teachers with Standards-based and proficiency-oriented instruction. The materials and activities in this institute will allow participants to gain knowledge about AP Japanese, ACTFL World Readiness Standards, proficiency-oriented instruction, assessment, various instructional strategies and advocacy.


consultant: yo azama

Yo Azama, Japanese Language consultant

Yo Azama currently serves as Lead Instructional Coach for Salinas Union High School District and teaches World Language Teaching Method course at California State University, Monterey Bay. He is a team leader of the Monterey Bay World Language Project. He has 25 years of teaching experience from kindergarten to high school.

He has conducted numerous presentations and seminars regionally, nationally, and internationally on various topics including; Social Issues Infused Lessons, Motivational Curriculum & Syllabus Design, Classroom Management, and Effective use of Technology in World Language Classroom. He has also served as a College Board Advisor for AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the 2012 ACTFL Language Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Teacher of America Award by Carlston Family Foundation, the Robert J. Ludwig Distinguished Leadership Award, and Elgin Heinz Teaching Excellence Award just to name a few. His teaching has been featured in the Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Video Library by WGBH Boston in 2003.

He enjoys running, traveling, and playing music with friends.