Misato Sekita

My life long research interest is multiculturalism, which I focused on during my post-secondary and graduate education. Through conducting fieldwork for my research in Canada and in Hawaii, I learned the importance of the ability to communicate via various methods. Soon after that, I started my teaching career as an EFL teacher in Japan. Seeing students smile after having a successful communication became a joy for me. Hence after I left Japan, I started teaching Japanese in Canada, France, and now in the USA.

I love to learn anything new, and that passion has always helped me in getting well-adjusted to any new environment wherever life takes me. I hope I can convey to students the beauty of learning whether it is new, foreign, scary, or weird. You can live without learning anything outside of your radar, but I would rather know what is out there with my own eyes. In Japanese, we say “Hyakubun wa ikken ni shikazu,” which means “Seeing once is better than listening 100 times.” I believe my task is to better prepare my students with more communication tools, such as a new language, so that their journey of learning will be smooth and joyful. 

Teaching Experience

  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • L’association franco-japonaise de Grenoble et de l’Isère, France
  • L’école complémentaire de japonais à Grenoble, France
  • Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Canada


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M.A.      University of British Columbia, Cultural Anthropology
M.A.      University of Chuo, Policy Studies
B.A.        University of Chuo, Policy Studies
ACE-TESOL (Certificate) Renison University College, University of Waterloo

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