Western Michigan University
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Jane Blyth joined the Haenicke Institute after returning from a year-long stay in Kyoto, Japan, where she was a visiting researcher in the Faculty of Culture and Information Science at Doshisha University. Originally from a small town in upstate New York along the Erie Canal, her first experience with study abroad was in France as a 16-year-old.
As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, where she began her lifelong study of Japanese language and culture. Jane holds a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Language Education from Indiana State University. Her chapter, “Web-based Language Portfolios and the Five C’s; Implementation in Foreign Language College Classrooms” appears in R. Oxford & J. Oxford (Eds.), World language teaching and learning in the N-Generation: Issues and perspectives, National Foreign Language Resource Center, Hawai’i. (2009).
While in Japan, Jane conducted research on using online digital portfolios and podcasts to improve oral English skills in Japanese university students. Jane has taught Japanese, ESL, and linguistics at Kalamazoo College, Japanese and ESL at Indiana State University, as well as Japanese at Moorhead State University and Valley City State University. She has also been a volunteer English teacher at a secondary school in Chiquimula, Guatemala. Read more about Jane in WMU International News: http://international.wmich.edu/content/view/2663/401/