Yuki Gergotz

Full-time Lecturer of Japanese


Guilford 409

Other Information

Degree: M.A Carnegie Mellon University

Education: Carnegie Mellon University

Yuki Togawa was born in Osaka, Japan. After graduating from Akita International University in Akita, Japan, with a B.A. in Liberal Arts: Transnational Global Studies and a Minor in Japanese Language Teaching for Foreigners, she moved to the United States to pursue her studies and career as a Japanese language teacher in 2013.

Yuki joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in August 2015, after receiving her M.A. in Applied Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University in May of the same year. She currently teaches first, second, and third-year Japanese language courses, as well as Japanese Popular Culture class.

Yuki is also an active member of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) and the Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese (OATJ). She currently serves as the secretary of the OATJ since November 2017.

In November 2016, Yuki was invited to attend the Japan Foundation (JF) – AATJ Leadership Workshop during the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Fall Convention in Boston. With 13 other participants throughout the nation, Yuki worked to build local, regional, and national-wide networks of Japanese language educators in order to develop more sophisticated advocacy projects and techniques for foreign language education as well as Japanese language.

Starting January 2018, Yuki has been working as the co-editor of electronic newsletters called Nihongo Newsletter, together with two other lecturers of Japanese, Yukiko Onitsuka (Nishida) and Margaret Fitzgerald. We share event information, Japan fun facts, authentic short readings in Japanese, and articles written by current students, alumni, and instructors. This electronic newsletter allows DMLL students, alumni, and instructors to share information about Japan-related student organizations and activities on/off campus, study abroad programs, national proficiency exams, and experience in living Japan as a graduate student or researcher, and so on.

Courses Taught:

  • JAPN101: Elementary Japanese I
  • JAPN201: Intermediate Japanese I
  • JAPN202: Intermediate Japanese II
  • ┬áJAPN202: Intermediate Japanese II
    JAPN301: Advanced Japanese I
    JAPN302: Advanced Japanese II
    JAPN/WLIT 225: Japanese Popular Culture