Japanese Language Program
Yasuko Konno Baker was born and grew up in Tokyo. She received an M.A. in Linguistics from University of South Carolina, and another in Japanese from San Francisco State University. She has taught Japanese and English in Japan, and has been teaching Japanese at UC Berkeley since August 1992. Her classes are lively and fun. She believes that it is crucial to have good communication with her students as well as among students in order to facilitate their learning, so she encourages students to cooperate and get to know each other well. She has had many presentations on in-class activities and reading-writing projects using the Internet. Her current interests are effective use of the Internet for teachers, and reading activities for advanced students. Her hobbies include exercise, listening to music (The Beatles, Elvis Presley and classical), gardening, and watching football and baseball.