Japanese at the CLRC
Japan’s contribution to science and culture and its role in modern world history likely needs no introduction. A knowledge of Japanese is not only valuable practically, it is an exciting intellectual challenge and opportunity for intellectual growth. Learning Japanese will introduce a person to the basics of Chinese characters, and will thus open the door to the study of other Asian languages. For learners familiar with foreign languages like Spanish and French etc., Japanese is highly recommended as a first non-European foreign language, as its grammar provides such a stark and interesting contrast, yet with surprising similarities.
"I took Japanese 1 with Dr. Todd Godwin last year and my Japanese improved immensely. He makes sure you get all aspects of the language including hearing, speaking, and writing in Japanese. His class challenged me to try my best at the language no matter what. I’m taking a Japanese class with him again this year. Thanks Todd Sensei!"
-Lainey A., Illinois
Todd Godwin, Ph.D.
Todd has been interested in forign languages, cultures, and history since high school (which was quite some time ago now). He has lived and traveled extensively in East Asia and the Middle East, and was for some years a language teacher there. He has more recently combined his interest in Chinese language and history with his interest in Greco-Roman and early Christian history by writing a PhD thesis on the earliest Christian texts written in the Chinese language (from the seventh and eighth centuries).
In addition to PhD obtained from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, he has a BA in Philosophy and World Religions from the University of Tennessee, an MA in Early Christian History from Miami Ohio, and MA in Language Teaching and Linguistics from Georgia State University, Atlanta. He now lives in Tennessee with his wife Kaori, and their daughter Aurelia, whom they are raising to be bilingual (English and Japanese).