Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department

Noriko Yoneji

Department: Modern Languages
Title: Lecturer

Office: Kenna 211
Phone: 408-551-3000 ext. 6606


Biographical Information

Noriko Yoneji was born and raised in Japan.  She received a BA in English in 1957 from Kobe Jogakuin, Nishinomiya, Japan, a girls school founded by American missionaries. After coming to the USA, she received her MA in Japanese Studies (with distinction) from Monterey Institute of International Studies, in 1990.
She taught  Japanese conversation at Foothill College, Los Altos and San Jose City College and supervised Japanese culture workshops at Foothill College.   She taught Summer Japanese Culture School, Suzume no Gakkoo for grade school children and thereafter organized her own private Japanese school where she taught after school hours. She started teaching Japanese at Santa Clara University in 1983. There, using the latest technology, she has developed her own websites for all levels of Japanese language instruction, from elementary to advanced. She is interested in Japanese culture, including art, clothing, habitation and food. 
She has been a consultant and a board member for Okasan and Me Inc Linguistic Blend, Japanese School for children.

Courses Taught
  • Advanced Japanese I, II, III 
  • Intermediate Japanese I,II, III
  • Independent Studies
  • Reading in Japanese


Research Interests
  • Japanese Culture: Clothing, Food, and Habitation


Selected Publications
  • '81 Publication     Hiragana for Fun             19th Edition 2008

  • '87 Publication     Katakana for Fun             16th Edition 2008
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