Japanese lecturer Dr Taeko Imura has won the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Griffith University Teacher of the Year. The award was presented at the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards at the Gold Coast campus on November 5.
From the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Dr Imura is passionate about teaching and watching her students develop and learn.
“I love to see my students keep trying and never give up. A lot of them already know Japanese from high school and, or exposure to, Japanese through anime, manga and games from a young age,” she says.
“Other students don’t know much Japanese at all so we start from the basics.”
But no matter the skill level, Dr Imura said the most important thing about learning a new language is persistence. “It’s not something you can cram for, it must become part of your life.”