English Writing, Reading, Test Prep, ESL
I am a certified English tutor and academic Japanese tutor with 30 years of experience teaching. I offer for-credit high school language classes and teach speaking, reading and writing to grades 4-12, college students and adults. I customize my classes to each person. I help my students overcome target areas of difficulty from grammar and writing to reading comprehension and speech. My ESL students become more fluent, improve pronunciation and prepare for tests. I love teaching and am dedicated to my students’ success.
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?
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.
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How did you get started teaching?
What types of students have you worked with?
I teach almost all levels both in English as a second language and academic Japanese. I specialize in ESL for adults, and particularly expats living here in the US as well as business English. I have many students in middle and high school who study with me to get credit for foreign language and prepare for academic 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.