ESL English And Academic Japanese Tutoring Laura Ashe

ESL English And Academic Japanese Tutoring Laura Ashe

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Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
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  • Callie Lucero

    Fun to work with Laura knows her trade well and is very helpful. I enjoy the lessons she assigns. She is very comfortable to work with and very accommodating to my schedule. Can’t wait to learn more and master Japanese with Laura. Callie, 6 lessons with Laura

  • Liam Brien

    Kind, Patient and funny! Laura is a fantastic tutor. She has built my lesson plan in a way that mostly comfortable for the way I learn and pushes me just a little from lesson to lesson. I've made much faster progress on Hiragana/Katakana, Vocabulary and commonly used phrases and structures that I've ever made before. Liam, 3 lessons with Laura

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We will schedule an initial assessment lesson via message or email and text and discover the students goals, interests and favorite learning styles. If they have been studying the language or have experience we will determine their level and proficiency with some simple tests. We will go over scheduling and desired lesson place and style and set up a recurring plan that is flexible. I will then send them links and learning materials via email and provide them with all of my contact information and simple policies about payment and cancellation. We customize and chart the lesson course and track our progress making any adjustments needed. And we have fun!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been teaching Japanese and English as a second language both in formal classes and one on one for over 30 years and have my BA in Japanese Language and Intercultural Communication from a Japanese bilingual university. I went to high school and college and lived and worked in Japan for many years. I also owned an English school in Japan and have worked in cross border bilingual finance for 25 years. With my business background I am uniquely qualified  to teach both business Japanese and English and love teaching. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages and levels. I have many students in middle and high school get credit for foreign language and prepare for academic Japanese tests. Many started  studying Japanese because of their interest in anime, manga, cosplay, Japanese pop culture and music. Some of them have gone on to do an exchange year or live and work in Japan. I also have a number of adult business people whose careers involve doing business in Japan or with a Japanese company or colleague. I also work with college students preparing for Japanese proficiency tests or school and travel in Japan. My experience gives me insight into the common issues students encounter in learning Japanese and English as a second language. I have a bag of tips and tricks to help quickly overcome them. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Get a tutor who has experience and qualifications teaching language to second language learners. Just being a native speaker of a language does not make you a successful teacher. You must understand how the student functions in their own native language and how best to help them grasp and learn a new one often through e plantation in their own native language.  

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