• Position: Associate Professor, Japanese Language
  • Phone: (616) 526-7708
  • Email: kschau@calvin.edu
  • Department: Japanese
  • Office: Hiemenga Hall 460 | Map


Educational/Professional Background

  • Born in Yokohama, Japan.
  • BA in Political Science from Waseda University, Tokyo.
  • MA in Japanese Language and Culture from Nagoya University, Nagoya.
  • Ph. D. in Foreign Language Education from Purdue University, Indiana.
  • Taught Japanese language and culture in many different settings, like YMCA in Teipei, Taiwan, Padjadjalan University in Bandung, Indonesia, Indiana University, Purdue University, and Grand Valley State University.

Courses taught

Academic Interests

  • Applying new technologies in teaching language and culture
  • Developing cultural competence in language courses
  • Developing different ways to lower foreign language anxiety and to maintain and nourish students interests and motivation to learn a second language


  • Reading anything in Japanese and mysteries in English
  • Learning new sports through my son’s sport activities
  • Cheering son’s sport teams
  • Walking and playing ball with our dog Kento
  • Watching Japanese “trendy” dramas online
  • Planning (dreaming) a trip to unfamiliar/exotic places


  • Japanese 101/102 - Elementary Japanese
  • Japanese 201/202 - Intermediate Japanese