Advancing to Proficiency

Below are my ACTFL Certification and a visual timeline of my efforts to maintain skill in negotiating meaning through the four modes of communication in Japanese language. The timeline supports evidence of my persistence to attain fluency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The Oral Proficiency Interview-computer (OPIc) Certificate reflects my current speaking level, which is a work in progress to achieve and exceed the Advance Low proficiency level.

  • 1994

    Japanese began as a hobby, as a result of engaging visiting technical specialist while employed at a multinational chemical company

  • 1995

    Enrolled in Rhodes College to complete undergraduate degree.

  • 1997

    Earned scholarship to study in Japan. Traveled to Osaka to complete a one semester exchange program.

  • 1998

    Received Bachelor of Arts Degree, returned to work in private sector. Began volunteering in literacy organization and introducing Japanese language and culture to urban youth.

  • 1999

    Enrolled in engineering outreach masters degree program, studied technical Japanese at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • 2004 – 2013

    Engaged in self-study programs, while volunteer teaching Japanese language. Received first formal teaching contract to teach Beginner Japanese, Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, grades 7 – 9.

  • 2018 – 2019

    Enrolled in Michigan State University, MAFLT. Conducted classroom research, teaching a 12-week Japanese language workshop, Harrison Central H.S. Music Department.


    OPIc Exam