Emi Murayama


Department of East Asian Languages and Literature in the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature

Dr. Emi Murayama in East Asian Languages and Literature sees the classroom as a dynamic space for collaboration in which students are contributors, teachers are learners, and learning is ongoing, and speaks with openness of how students contribute to her teaching. Her primary instructional goals are informed by her own research that indicates that pedagogical efforts need to foster the learners activity-specific interactional competencies within the contexts in which they function. Professor Murayama’s research focuses on business environments but the practices are easily adaptable to other environments and in this respect, has had an important impact on the development of the new curriculum in Japanese, in which teaching pragmatics is a key element. Her colleagues praise her impact on the curriculum as an experienced faculty with an exceptionally wide range of courses. She is a main contributor of the unique and innovative new textbooks for the curriculum, which will in turn impact on Japanese programs at other universities as well as Mānoa. Colleagues visiting her classes come away inspired for their own teaching in that she is highly encouraging of efforts made by students to become proficient, no matter the grade they are able to achieve. Students speak of the active environment created by Professor Murayama to foster student engagement, making learning opportunities out of mistakes and offering individualize learning experiences. A former student speaks of being inspired by Dr. Murayama motivating students as active learners, fostering their intellectual curiosity and interest, providing engaging course materials and building their confidence and interest such that entire class proactively began taking charge of their own learning by working together outside class on their studies. Students credit Professor Emi Murayama for their academic success because she generates in them a transformation from passive to becoming active, inquisitive, engaged learners.

Department of East Asian Languages and Literature