Yoko Kano, M.S.

Description: KanoSenior Lecturer in Japanese
Coordinator of Japanese Minor
Director of World Language Resource Center

Office: Leutze Hall 253A
Tel: (910) 962-7575
Fax: (910) 962-7712

B.A., Kansai Gaidai University of Foreign Studies, Japan
M.S., Iona College

Ms. Yoko Kano extensively uses technology to enhance teaching and student learning. She is the recipient of the Teacher of The Year at Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ) in 2020 and the Lecturer of the Year at UNCW in 2009. Ms. Kano has published an on-line textbook and publications about her technology-enhanced courses and has been making presentations at international as well as national conferences. Her teaching goes beyond classroom and has led over two hundred students and over one hundred K-12 educators and administrators to Japan as study abroad programs.

Currently she serves as the director of World Language Resource Center, director of the North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN), director of Japan Center-Coastal Chapter, and coordinator of Japanese Studies Minor at UNCW. She has also served as a board member of the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (former American Association of Teachers of Japanese), a national task force member of American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages Japanese language standard for preschool to college, and is the former president and founder of Carolina Association of Teachers of Japanese. She received the Service Appreciation at SEATJ in 2017 for her leadership in the Japanese language field.


Gifts from Articulation Efforts, How Can I Get To Student’s Mind, Conducting Interviews with Native Speakers, Service Learning, Writing Exchanges with Native Speakers: Pros & Cons and Recommendations  at national, regional, & state-wide conferences.

Japanese cultural topics including Japanese food as a UNESCO's intangible world heritage, How to conduct Study Abroad in Japan, Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese Cinema for Cultural Studies, Japanese Education, Rice in Japanese culture, Food education at Japanese schools, and Japanese calligraphy at North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN) seminar for K-12 teachers.

Global Classroom: Going beyond the classroom with technology connecting students to Japan" at National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. It is broadcasted nationwide via videoconference and archived as a simulcast seminar for K-12 teachers.


On-line Japanese textbook for elementary and intermediate students at UNCW in 2018

“Going Beyond the Classroom with Videoconferencing and Internet Discussion Forum: Effective Use of Peer Editing from the Japanese College Students 2003

Simulation Teaching booklet, Stalwart in Japan, coauthored with Marta Szabo and Ary Suh, Duke University CIBER, 2003