eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Hikari Nishida

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JPN201, Spring 2014
JPN201, Spring 2014
JPN201, Fall 2013
JPN202, Spring 2013
JPN102, Fall 2012
JPN102, Summer II 2012
JPN202, Spring 2012
JPN202, Fall 2011
JPN201, Summer I 2011

Hikari Nishida: JPN201, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 201 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 81367 (004)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.92 13 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 6 (46%) 3 (23%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
7. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The speaking were most valuable with classmates.
The new grammar notes and the new Kanji characters.
The handouts that Nishida Sensei gave to us were very helpful and they had good examples.
Nishida sensei was very knowledgable in this subject. She taught with clarity and was very concise.
I think the most valuable aspect of this course is that the way she teaches Japanese is more modern, as opposed to most senseis who teach it more traditionally. She doesnt teach out of a book, like how most senseis would. Instead she uses powerpoints and worksheets and it is very appealing to people of this generation because technology is becoming a staple in our society. I appreciate that she posts these slides on laulima for future reference, so I know if I ever forget how to do something, I can always look back and learn how to do it again.
She spoke more Japanese than English which allowed me to adjust my brain into understanding Japanese better.
The handouts sensei provided us with each day were very valuable when studying. Also, reviewing out oral scripts before we presented helped a lot too.
Constant reinforcement of previous vocabulary and grammar points in a way that emphasized correct use over simple memorization (ex: handouts).
- grammar - Nishida sesensei own's insight. Not just the book definition
I feel that all contents of this course were highly valuable. I learned a lot of new Kanji, sentence structures and grammar points that are all important to know :)
The hand outs were a huge help.
The handouts and reviews before each lesson quiz.
Being able to go through the content with her everyday with a clear understanding. Also, if we did not understand she would elaborate more so that we know how to use verbs, adjectives, and appropriate formal and casual writing.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The writing were least valuable because I mostly wanted to learn how to speak more than read and write japanese.
It was all valuable information.
N/A. All aspects of the course were valuable.
N/a
None. Everything Nishida-sensei does for us in this class is very valuable and beneficial to our learning of the Japanese language.
None. I felt everything was essential.
Sometimes we had too much time to practice with our partners.
- particle (biased opinion)
N/A
cant really think of any that were not helpful
I don't think anything was least valuable. The way she handles the course we are able to practice all aspects from kanji to how to write letter properly. I understand much more culturally when using verbal, as well as formal in how I write my sentences and letter.
10. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
11. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
13. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
14. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
15. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
16. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
17. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
18. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 1.18 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
20. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
21. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
23. Other comments:
Very helpful. Explains well.
Nishida Sensei is a great instructor! She was always available to help, good use of materials (not too much or not too little), overall a good experience for this class.
Everything Nishida sensei assigned had relevance to the topics covered in class. She is an excellent teacher!
I wouldn't mind having her as my JAP 202 sensei as well!
- She really cares for her students, it is something I can really appreciate.

Hikari Nishida: JPN201, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 201 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 81368 (005)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.91 11 0.94 Freq(%) 5 (45%) 2 (18%) 4 (36%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 1.33 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%)
7. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 11 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 6 (55%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Aspects that were most valuable for this course were that we knew what to expect for upcoming classes and that Nishida-sensei communicated and explained the material well.
Doing homework at our own pace was good. The random speaking part of oral tests was also nice. Lectures on sentence structure was also well done. But most importantly, sensei teaching us causal ways to speak so that we wouldn't sound "square" when talking with our Japanese buddies was the most valuable.
I think the way that she taught the material was in a way that all of us could understand.
The worksheets that were given everyday after she presented her powerpoint for the day's lesson. I think these helped me to practice using what we just learned, and helped me to gain a better understanding of the proper grammar points.
The reading and writing assignments really helped me
I liked that we did not only learn the language of the course, but also some cultural aspects of Japan as well. I learned a lot even though I lived in Japan for most of my life!
Sensei really considers the students' opinions and concerned. She is interpersonable and approachable.
Personally, how to communicate using every day dialect. Professor Nishida did an excellent job to provide examples in every lesson with how that certain lesson would be used in Japan Today.
I think that the powerpoint slides that Hikari sensei sensei posts on laulima were very valuable. They provide examples and good explanations that help while I study for tests and homework. The weekly Kanji tests were also valuable because it forced me to keep up with my Kanji. I actually like Kanji because of this class. Hikari sensei can explain the Kanji meanings sometimes and they're very interesting.
I found learning the different grammar patterns to be most valuable because now I can better convey what I want to say.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I don't feel that there were any aspects that were not valuable.
Sometimes I thought the review powerpoint wasn't that helpful. I would prefer if we had gone over some questions in our workbook homeworks as a class, since those things are usually in some form or shape on the lesson quizzes.
Well, I thought everything was pretty much valuable, so I can't really think of anything that was the least valuable.
None
Everything was pretty valuable
Needing to write a script and follow it every time we had an in class oral. I understand that it is helpful for some, but for me it would be much easier to respond/interact as we are speaking. It was frustrating when I lost points for incorrect or incomplete scripts when I felt that I did not even need it.
Sensei sometimes doesn't mix up lesson review groups and partner work, so we stay with the same people. It is better to have a variety of different people to communicate with and learn about their life through Japanese language.
Everything was valuable to me
I thought that the role plays were least valuable because I imagined it to be where the students come up with the script. The scripts though are very helpful since Hikari sensei uses dialogue that people in Japan use. I thought this would be a more challenging aspect that is why I think it is least valuable. However, I thought they were enjoyable experiences and helpful because they cover helpful sentences that can be used in scenarios if you have to speak to someone in Japanese.
I think everything was of value.
10. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
I learned more kanji and new grammar structures from this course.
A improvement in my Japanese speaking, listening, reading, and writings.
Everything I learned from the class was beneficial to me, from learning about grammar, vocabulary, etc.
The review games before the lesson tests
Review of basic forms/rules of Japanese grammar. I was placed into this class thinking it was going to be way too easy for me, and it was pretty easy, but it was still good to review because I hadn't learned that stuff since 8th or 9th grade.
I can now communicate verbally with another person in Japanese , especially if I go to Japan! Also, I am able to assist Japanese tourists if they have questions. Reading and writing, especially kanji, will also help me read japanese articles like manga or any anime.
I learned how to communicate more efficiently with Japanese and I believe my kanji had improved.
I liked the cultural notes that Hikari sensei shared (e.g. stories about her fiance and creating distance) and the stories that she told in Japanese. My listening skills for Japanese have been improving because Hikari sensei speaks Japanese as much as she possibly can unless English is needed. I also think the letter writing was helpful because now I am more aware of things that you translate from English to Japanese can sound awkward if you use the wrong words. Learning the context of when to use grammar point and vocabulary is very beneficial to me.
I learned how to write and speak in Japanese and this will benefit me in future interactions with Japanese people who do not speak English.
11. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 1.34 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
14. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
15. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 11 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
16. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 11 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
17. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 11 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 7 (64%)
18. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
20. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
21. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 6 (55%)
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
23. Other comments:
I enjoyed this class a lot this semester.
Yoku dekimashita
I really enjoyed this class. Usually speaking in front of a class makes me really nervous, but it wasn't too bad when doing so for this class. It was enjoyable.
I would have liked to learn more about some Japanese cultural holidays/events and maybe even Japanese mythology. I would have also liked to learn more about stories behind Kanjis.
Sensei Nishida has great English speaking skills! She rarely has a Japanese accent, plus she is very funny! She was the best sensei I ever had at UH Manoa. Because my prior experience in Japanese courses were bad, I was uninterested so I didn't enjoy Japanese class very much. Sensei makes the content fun and relatable.
Professor Nishida is an excellent teacher! I would recommend her to everyone! Not only is her english amazing, but she is always so cute and doesn't make you feel dumb for making mistakes! She is always willing to help no matter what! I do wish maybe she gave required homework assignments, that way I would not have a choice to slack off.. But other than that, everything throughout the semester was great! She is an excellent professor!
Hikari sensei is a very good Japanese teacher. She is very helpful and willing to explain if you need help, and she's not afraid to push you to do better. My experience taking this course was pleasant.
Very interesting class

Hikari Nishida: JPN201, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 201 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 77922 (009)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.67 12 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The most valuable part of this course is the instructional material which her format for her PowerPoint was extremely helpful because she structured it first by vocabulary for that lesson, then introducing the topic for the day such as what does it mean, then go over the grammar one step at a time so it goes with the worksheet that she hands out. Her PowerPoints were clear and easy to understand. Another thing that was valuable is her worksheets, her worksheets was clear because she made a whole page table that made it clear breaking each group of the vocabulary words and she gave examples for each so it made filling out the worksheet better especially to understand.
The worksheets, the workbook, and the games played for review before tests.
She was the most valuable aspect. A great teacher.
Sensei provided our class with a couple of different ways to learn the material including lectures, power points, games, homework, and tests.
Everything. We used all of the skills we learned in the class, since it is all language based after all.
The powerpoints
Games, handouts and power points were very helpful
I think the way she dedicated days to learning specific grammar points and reinforcing it with various activities was effective. Also, being able to do the assignments at my own pace throughout the semester took a huge load of stress off me that I usually feel in Japanese classes. There was a great atmosphere in the class, even when we were being challenged in class I think we enjoyed being there.
I thought that the homework and other assignments were reasonable. It was helpful that we were able to correct our kanji tests for additional points. The powerpoints were very useful and helped me study for the tests.
In class speaking.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
The textbooks. hardly used them.
None.
I know it was our own fault but sometimes I felt too distracted to learn what was going on in a lesson. Our class was too rowdy at many points.
NOthing. Like i said earlier, we needed to know EVERYTHING.
The videos. They were a little weird and old so i felt a little lost in interest. if the videos were made for this time and age i think it would have stuck better
The text books not so much
The writing assignments being due at 8pm on Friday was kind of harsh. I missed the assignment several times because of my Friday plans. And yes I know I had time to do it before then, so this is just a minor complaint. I feel like sometimes we gave you too much trouble being noisy and not focusing in class. One of the drawbacks of the friendly atmosphere means everybody is always gabbing, and I know I was guilty of this too... Still, I would think about ways to maintain control over the class while promoting a positive atmosphere.
N/A
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
18. Other comments:
I would like to take another class from this sensei. She understands her students, especially if we are having difficulty she takes time to reteach a concept again and she is very clear when understanding her students.
I really enjoyed this class and if I don't pass that was due to my lack of effort, not anything to do with Sensei. She's a great teacher and I appreciate the time and effort she put in for us.
She was a very good teacher. But up until this course I had previous teachers who were way more lenient on grading. What I mean by that is they were easier on exams and scored me to a lower standard. Though a fair grader, I wasn't expecting this type of criticism only due to the inconsistency between each teacher. Had I known this I would have played it safer and picked an easier teacher. But with that being said I learned the most from her.
It discouraged me when I saw other students playing games and not paying attention because I felt like I was doing a bad job it they already knew it and I felt distracted and discouraged.
Sometimes confusing, very hard, but still a good class.
Going miss this class sensei
Thanks for a fun class Nishida-sensei! I learned a lot this semester, and I'm even more interested in learning the language now than before.
Overall this was an interesting class and Sensei was awesome. I wish she was teaching 202 next semester.

Hikari Nishida: JPN202, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 202 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 81529 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.71 17 1.1 Freq(%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 5 (29%) 5 (29%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 17 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 6 (35%) 7 (41%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The grammar technicals and vocabulary that were taught.
Nishida used a wide range of vocabulary in each lesson.
She took the time to teach us what is more commonly used and not just textbook versions. I feel I have much more useful understanding of speaking Japanese. She also made learning interesting, modern and fun.
Learning how to say "I need to do something". For example "shinakya ikenai".
For each lesson, going over each sentence structure and explaining it in good detail
The class structure was engaging and didn't rely too much on the textbook which was nice.
reviewing of the material
-The powerpoints to review for a basic overview -The kanji quizzes to help remember the kanji -The video and manga examples -The writing assignment with feedback before actually turning it in because it helps with sentence practice (structures, kanji, situations, etc.) -the review before the test
I think that nishida sensei was very knowledgeable in what she was teaching. She was very helpful and it felt like she knew the subject very well. She is also very energetic and gets te class involved in the lesson.
The repetition of material was helpful. The encouragement of using phrases asking for help from the teacher.
Your power points were the most helpful. The format made the concepts seem simple, so it was easy to learn.
The schedule for each lesson helped me stay on track with the course. The required homework assignments helped me better learn the language.
Actual real life, or at least television, examples of the grammar structure that we were learning in class.
Everything because everything from the homework to the quizzes were helpful and valuable.
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8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing.
The required dialogues.
I think all the contents were valuable and helpful in studying Japanese.
only having 2 kanji tests and a lesson test. A bit rushed
Everything was relevant.
-The mill drills. It was basically the same thing everyday. Maybe different worksheets/activities to help people with different learning styles learn the content
I think that most of the aspects of the course was valuable.
I didn't really like the last oral about how to make food. I couldn't understand a lot of what the other students were saying because everyone seemed really nervous. Maybe for orals that are presented individually, there could be an option to make a video?
I think every part of the course was valuable.
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9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (47%) 9 (53%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 17 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 2 (12%) 13 (76%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 17 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
18. Other comments:
Course was well taught, I particularly enjoyed how you brought in real world usage as well as your own experiences to the topics being taught.
Memorizing the dialogues in general inhibited my overall performance in the course because I spent so much time memorizing specific situations I feel as though my general speaking ability did not increase. I would have learned a lot more if we were required to improvise and naturally converse.
If I had previously had Hikari Sensei, I would have continued my Japanese education at UH. She is an awesome teacher!
I felt like the content of the course wasn't taught in the best way possible. Best as in, best way to retain the language.
Maybe instead of just having kanji quizes and a lesson test, you could include mini quizes on sentence structures in between. So there can be a smoother transition into the test, then the overall final exam.
The class was hard but fun. Thanks, Hikari-sensei!
good teacher
In the beginning it was very difficult for me personally, to get used to the fast pace of the class and the homework due dates. But I was glad that you gave us slack in the beginning. Maybe just one suggestion I have is to incorporate at least one Kanji practice during the week. I found myself only memorizing the Kanji for the quizzes every Friday and then forgetting them shortly after. Even though I had a hard time in the beginning, I did find myself learning much more the way you taught than how my previous teacher had taught (because she was easy), and I am happy about that. Now I can converse with my Obachan in Japan when I visit her this summer. Also, congratulations on your engagement!
Hikari sensei was the best Japanese instructor I've ever had. If I were to take another Japanese course, I'd definitely want to take it from her.
The way Nishida sensei taught was very clear and helpful!
to be completely honest, i thought this class was super easy if a person were to just get the credit. but the thing that i feel that was really lacking was the challenge and critical thinking aspect. if i may use ã??ã??ã?»ã?³ å??ç?? as a reference, everyday until the end of the semester, i always felt that she was challenging the students by use of critical thinking and having the students formulate the sentences and use verbal participation and review the things from the previous day. it may sacrifice the class time and slow down the progress with the lesson but it aimed to make sure the students remembered the grammar and vocabulary until the end of the semester. today when we did a cumulative review, i noticed that possibly all the students forgot the earlier structures we learned in the semester. as well as vocabulary, it may not be the most important aspect to the course but the essential vocab that hover around the lesson of course is needed. i was sort of sad that the challenge of vocab quizes werent in this course, but at least the translation challenge of kanji was there. overall saying, vocab quizes and ways of having students being challenged so that it ensures that they understand the grammar were not so much abundant or present. i also like to point out that what madsen sensei did was to ensure, im my case, was loads of written hw, by means of turning in the SD exercises from the drills book and then giving written feedback. whether it correct or not that least for me it really got implemented in my memory and all i needed to do is adjust my mistakes and after that i was able to use various ways of saying the same sentence. sensei you probably know which student this is. however your class was really fun i liked how we did the video references of dramas and anime to get the deeper æ??ã?? and how its used. your class really helped with the "feeling" of how it is used. just need to adjust your assignments for people who will need to use it for the long run, and still be able to be necessary for the short run. æ?¥å­¦æ??é ?å¼µã??ï¼?ï½?

Hikari Nishida: JPN102, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 102 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 71855 (006)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 12 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 8 (67%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Coming to class and being able to have most if the class spoken in japanese really helped.
learning new phrases to use to talk japanese
Kanji.learning more vocabulary and sentence structure
Mill drills were extremely helpful. We were able to practice the material out loud repeatedly which helped with memorization. The presentations were also helpful. They were organized and helped a lot when studying.
Doing the jeopardy reviews at the end of each lesson were very helpful
Definitely reviews and in class lectures! I like how she gives us samples of what we can use things for.
Kanji and sentence structure.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing that I can think of.
learning so much kanji
Nothing. Everything was helpful for me.
Everything was valuable in my opinion
I didn't really like Mill Drills, it was somewhat useful but most of the time it felt monotonous.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 12 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 9 (75%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
18. Other comments:
nishida sensei was very good at teaching. i really liked the powerpoints
Nishida Sensei did a fantastic job in teaching. Having gone through a few Japanese teachers already, Nishida Sensei was significantly the best thus far. Always willing to help and explain any questions even if they were not entirely relevant to the subject at hand. That said, as for her teaching method, it was very helpful that she broke down the grammar in such a way that allowed the class to remember it. Her use of examples were also fantastic, although some were a bit extreme, they did help the class to remember the grammatical function and when to use it.
There were sometimes typos in the presentations which were a bit confusing at times.
I thought the course was good. I think a little extra review from 101 would be extremely beneficial for students.
Nishida sensei is the best sensei I've ever had =)
I would've liked to see more usage of the books we bought. I spent about $200 on them and used them maybe 2-3 times for the semester :/
YOKUDEKIMASHITA SENSEI!

Hikari Nishida: JPN102, Summer II 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 102 - Elementary Japanese Crn (Section): 90272 (702)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.11 9 1.76 Freq(%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.63 9 0.52 Freq(%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 9 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I thought that the homework was really useful because it was used as practice to help us prepare for the test; especially with the writing and reading portions; without it, I feel that I would have done worse.
I felt that Mill Drills were very valuable for the course. I think that the Mill Drill activity is a very good exercise to help the students understand the material that was just being presented. I think that for this course what you see is what you get. The class was very systematical and well organized. When walking in to class you knew what was going to happen. The tests were always fair and there were never any curve balls.
In a language class, the more classroom interaction--including speaking and listening practice--the better. In Nishida Sensei's class, we had a lot of interaction and feedback, which is what made it such a good course.
I enjoyed Nishida Sensei's approach to teaching, which included making the dialogue as real as possible, and teaching the class some extra things that she felt were useful and relevant, rather than doing just enough to cover the course objectives. The writing assignments were great for practicing incorporating everything that was learned at the end of each lesson. I also felt that the Mill Drills were an excellent way to practice new material, and reinforce it with repetition.
Doing the mill drills helped us to practice for the oral tests and get to speak new words. Showing new kanji was great to learn, but the teacher needed to put yomigana for the words we don't know yet and the new words we're learning for at least a day during summer session.
the idea that i was learning japanese from someone who applied japanese in real situations was comforting. it's difficult to be technical about language nuances, so having someone who actually grasps the idea of certain words or phrases helps a lot with the learning process. the jeopardy reviews every week are very helpful, and appeal to the competitors in us (which might be a better incentive to study than the actual exams). also, while typos (in the mill drills and on presentations) can be a bad thing in a language class, they force us to read and understand what we're reading, rather than just mindlessly regurgitating information. you might have stumbled onto something good there, sensei. also, small classes are always better than big classes.
give detailed feedback
Sharpening oral skills and increased vocabulary.
The Mill Drills were probably the most boring and tedious, but also the most useful for memorization.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I didn't think that any part of this class was invaluable because all aspects of the course were made to help us learn the language at an accelerated pace but also learn it effectively and to the best of our abilities. Everything that sensei incorporated in her lessons is what I see as being valuable to my learning of the material.
I think that the least valuable part of this class was the orals. To me, i felt that as a student i just memorized the oral, and half the time i did not know what i was saying. I think to improve the orals the students should come up with their own script or with a script that had some things filled out but gave more freedom to the students. I really liked the setup for the final.
I think the Structural Functional textbooks/media could use updating. However, we were able access Nishida Sensei's powerpoint slides which was very helpful.
i don't know about "least valuable," but the japanese class i had before JPN102 spent a large part of class looking at a presentation while our sensei explained the lesson. while that could be monotonous and not very good at making us apply our knowledge, it worked for me because i'm a technical learner. the mill drills done in class took a lot of time, and i'm sure it worked well for a some people in class, but i'm not sure how much it worked for me. i'm not saying it's an overall bad thing - in fact, sometimes i welcomed the change from the lecture-style of class - but sometimes they took a lot of time. i was used to being fed information and expected to study it out of class, so it's different more than anything. also the oral exams were pretty scary, especially the first one, because i don't think anyone realized it would be in front of 12 other people.
The oral exams. They did not develop our ability to speak or understand spoken Japanese. Less scripted orals would improve this.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%) 3 (33%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
18. Other comments:
Sensei made learning Japanese fun for me. I know that I struggle a lot with the accelerated pace, but it was because of sensei's constant positive appraisal and willingness to be of assistance that made me try and work harder and work toward passing her class.
I feel that the class was a very good class. It was fair, and fun. Another comment that i have is that i think that Sensei should check our homework before the test. She put up the answers for the test but i think that there are multiple ways to write things in a correct grammatical sentence but there is only one answer on laulima. There was a good amount of homework and tests. I really like Sensei's power points, it always has a lot of interesting pictures that allows sensei to tell us more about Japanese culture, as well as fun clip arts to keep the class fun. Sensei is always on top of things, when their is a small error on the powerpoint she always fixes it in a prompt manner. Sensei always has all of the power-points, homework assignments and in class activities on Laulima which as a student is very helpful so you can complete your homework early if yo have plans for the night before the homework is due. Overall, a really great class.
The only thing I would add to this course is perhaps a little more speaking/conversational improvisation. Otherwise, it was a very good class. Nishida Sensei is a strong teacher and it is obvious she puts a lot of time and work into developing this class.
one of the things i liked about class was the non-judgmental and friendly attitude of nishida sensei. especially when trying to learn a new language, it helps to know that our teachers are there to teach us, not ridicule us or remind us of how bad we are at a new language. i don't know how, but if you could squeeze in some more time to practice the material gone in class, like TWO jeopardy reviews or something, that would be great. the jeopardy reviews are nice because they organize all the information we need neatly (plus they are good summaries of the lesson we just went over). if that happened TWICE a week we'd probably all be A students. Well, probably not, but we'd be better students. maybe i've been spoiled because every japanese class i've taken so far has been entertaining and helpful, but now my standard for a decent japanese class is very high. thanks nishida sensei.
For review games, I think winner needs to receive some kind of prize such as extra credits..:)

Hikari Nishida: JPN202, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 202 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 81633 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Writing assignments and conversational practice were probably the most useful aspects of this course.
The mill drills at the end of the class and having then readily available. They helped to solidify the use of given forms.
Nishida-Sensei was willing to go over material that was difficult with us in class, and she brought up questions and concerns that she thought the whole class would benefit knowing the answer to.
I liked how Nishida sensei incorporated media into the class lectures (powerpoints, videos). It was a completely different from any other language class that I took at UHM, and I think that it was very effective, as it appealed to the recent trend to utilize media resources more. Nishida sensei was also very patient with students. She also stressed the use of the grammar lessons in everyday life, which could be very helpful and useful in our future careers, as we will know when to use/not to use certain speech forms and statements.
The mill drills and all the chances she gave us to practice.
Learning how to give procedural directions. Also how to conjugate words.
There were daily opportunities to practice the concepts being taught in class. Also, the work assigned is very clear and assisted in learning the concepts being taught.
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Homework assignments were tedious and inefficacious, aside from the writing assignments which were quite useful.
None really.
No comment.
Nishida sensei was a little too nice, as she was too lenient on due dates. When anyone did not complete a homework assignment, she would give partial credit and also accept late assignments well past the due date. She would also accommodate us when we turned assignments in late (i.e. push back the due date). It was kind of her to do so, but I feel that being more strict with deadlines and due dates will force students to complete the task and not push back lesson plans for class. Also, I think that doing drills more in class and going over the reading assignments will enhance students' understanding (i.e. have students read aloud the paragraph and translate it).
The oral checks.
N/A
None.
7. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
8. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
9. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
10. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
11. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%)
12. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
14. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
16. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
17. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Small class size and the volume of feedback were helpful. The instructor was personable, which helps in a class reliant on communication.
Having the opportunity work with others in class, during mill drills, oral quizzes and reviews.
It was fun and upbeat, even though the class was at 8:30 in the morning, we were able to be involved and become comfortable with our fellow classmates.
I liked the lectures because she kept it relevant to people we knew.
The teaching methods were interesting and relevant. The examples provided in class were used in a real life context and showed the relevance of the concepts being taught.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The emphasis on homework is misguided at best; practice assignments for the kanji should be left to the student's discretion, as should the more rote assignments (translation practice, sentence writing practice).
None really.
No comment.
N/A
None.
20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
21. Other comments:
To reiterate, allotting 15% of the grade to homework assignments, of which only ~50% were actually useful in improving the knowledge of the language is ridiculous. Aside from that, the course was well taught.
A fun enjoyable class with a teacher that taught how the language would be used in today's modern age.

Hikari Nishida: JPN202, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 202 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 72048 (005)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning particles and memorizing kanji were the most valuable to me in this course.
The lectures and the mill drills in which we practiced the lessons we just covered in class were really helpful and helped us to really understand the sentence structures and grammar.
everything
classroom activities, scripts/orals
Learning Keigo is really important to me because none of my Japanese teachers have taught it and it's helpful when speaking to superiors if I decide to study abroad in Japan.
I found the slideshow presentation of each lesson to be very helpful and useful because it was easy to access & it came with an explanation of the lesson & a lot of example on how to use it & it what context. I also like the various incorporations of exercises we used to practice what we learned (mill drills, videos, etc.)
I think the fact that Nishida Sensei was so open to accepting questions from the students. She wasn't as intimidating as my previous teachers which made asking her questions easier. At the same time, she was adamant on due dates and such so I gained respect for her.
Being able to talk to the teacher easily and comfortable to get help from her
Being taught the difference between written and spoken language was really useful
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Learning of new vocabulary. I already knew them.
I would say that the oral checks weren't of low value, just something I enjoyed the least. However, I know that everything we covered was valuable.
...
Nishida sensei taught us all valuable things.
I think the books we needed for the course isn't needed at all, so perhaps shortening the materials needed for the class would save us money.
n/a
Differences between her free time and mine, so when I wanted to get a hold of her, it could sometimes, but not always, be difficult
It's all valuable!
7. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
9. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
10. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
11. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
12. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
14. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
15. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I don't know.
I can't think of a way in which she can improve the course.
i'm not sure. i enjoyed the course.
Nishida sensei can teach this course well due to being bilingual which helped me to understand her well.
Sensei Nishida is doing a great job & should continue her way of teaching, perhaps the best sensei I had of all the JPN courses I've taken at UH.
honestly, I did not mind it, but I feel she could make some of the writing assignments and oral scripts less scripted, thus making the challenge for the students harder. however, That does take more time to have to grade and edit, so that may be more difficult for her.
Have students do more of their own writing. A lot of the oral and writing assignments many of the sentences were given. If the student has to look them up themselves they are more likely to remember.
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
17. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
18. Audiovisual materials (or computers) helped to clarify difficult concepts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
19. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
21. Other comments:
Very good, prepared, enthusiastic, interactive Sensei! :)
I never really used the textbook at all and it seemed a waste of money. Either use the textbook more or don't require the textbook for the class

Hikari Nishida: JPN201, Summer I 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 201 - Intermediate Japanese Crn (Section): 90241 (601)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
5. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The powerpoint slides and exercises helped me to understand the material A LOT clearer than other teachers.
oral practice
Everything we did in the class was all very valuable. The Oral exams helped us practice and gain some experience in using what we learned in the class. Also posting the powerpoints after class on Laulima helped me a whole lot; it helps to use it to study for exams.
I liked how Nishida Sensei was mindful of my speech. She always noted what forms/words/sentence patterns were appropriate for particular situations. I also liked having the Powerpoints readily available. I always used them to review for Lesson Quizzes.
1.) weekly kanji tests 2.) weekly homework packets 3.) weekly orals 4.) weekly quizzes 5.) mill drills 6.) practicing with classmates; learning from others
The power-points and the "mill drills".
6. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Writing an essay every week was a bit much....maybe 2 or 3 major ones would have been better
textbooks
n/a
I thought having to partner up for the Mill Drills were unnecessary sometimes. I felt going over new sentence structures together as a class was just as effective. Model conversations also weren't very helpful.
n/a
The long tests, possibly.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
8. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
9. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
10. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
11. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
12. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
nothing, she is awesome!
n/a
Having new vocabulary in kanji made it difficult for me to learn new words initially. They should hav been written in hiragana instead.
1.) have chapters uploaded at least a week in advance: -so that students who are having difficulty can have ample time -can print out the mill drills to write notes on them 2.) additional kanji homework 3.) incorporate techniques for learning or remembering kanji as part of the class 4.) print our mill drills for class -let them work on in on paper first (for the visual/hands on students); -then follow up with mill drill 5.) additional worksheets to follow through with powerpoints -consolidates the sentence structures learned in class that day -contains sentences for students work on (for visual/hands on students)
Include example sentences in Japanese on the "mill drills."
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Her presentation of the material was very clear and organized and she had a lot of sample problems to help us understand.
What I found most helpful is that she makes time to help students if they ask for it. Also that she encourages to try their best, helps us when we are stuck on something during a powerpoint presentation or working in small groups and she always come to class prepared.
She was always willing to look over my scripts and letters and gave positive and constructive feedback. I really liked her incorporation of pop culture (both American and Japanese) into her lessons. It made learning fun. I also really liked her enthusiasm and optimism. She made class enjoyable.
1.) feedback on letter assignments 2.) detail oriented on points system so I can see where I need to improve on 3.) provided me with additional resources outside of class as needed
She is always kind, and doesn't look down on people when they are struggling in the class, and she tries to help them.
14. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Knowledgeable, Organized, Approachable
king kobun
Helpful, Awesome,
Knowledgable, great
1.) detail oriented 2.) knowledgeable 3.) encouraging
Kind, helpful, cheerful.
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
16. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
17. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 1.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
18. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
20. Other comments:
I think I learned more in this japanese class than any other one i took previously.
I would love to take another Japanese class with Nishida-sensei. =]
Thank you for a great summer session!
The structure of this class made it easier to learn. The tests incorporated everything to check for knowledge of content: listening, sentence structure, reading, and writing, and because the tests were structured in that manner, it was easier to know what the I was having difficulty in and what I need to work on. The feedback that I received was also important to me. Overall, this was a great class and I felt I learned a lot about myself and what I need to work on for the next course in such a short amount of time. I hope the next course I take is structured exactly like this or somewhat like this.
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