Just some information on me and my language background:
I am a senior at the University of Arizona, majoring in East Asian Studies. That major includes a focus on the Japanese language and culture, as well as a Minor in Mandarin Chinese. More specifically, I have been studying the Japanese Language for 6 years now, and 4 of the years include a formal university-level education. I also lived and studied in Saitama, Japan for 6 months, graduating from the Japanese Studies Program at Tokyo International University in the Fall of 2012.
My career path is focused on English teaching as a second language in Elementary and Middle Schools in Japan, as well as Business English interpretation. I have completed a minor in Mandarin Chinese, which means I have 2 formal years of study. I also have previously studied Korean (1 semester) and Spanish.
I believe that language is a strong, lucrative tool in today's society. Not only does it improve one's credentials in the competitive job market; highlighting you over others; but it also allows one to expand his/her mind by making the cultures of other nations accessible. It is a social tool that enables a person to be able to work well with others in an array of environments, including multicultural.
On top of it all, learning a language is fun. I truly truly love it, and I believe that anyone who sets their mind to it, with the proper tools and resources, can do it. That is what I am here for. I want to be a resource for students, and assist and support them in their language journey.
From a teaching standpoint I believe that lessons should be interactive and fun. I worked with incoming college freshman as a mentor, working with my colleagues to organize and execute fun and educational events that would encourage the students to get excited about learning. The best learning is the kind you do without realizing it. I also keep in mind that while I may be there teacher, we are learning together. Naturally, the mechanics must be covered first.
I am comfortable teaching all ages, and no previous knowledge in the language is required, as I am willing to start from scratch with the student.
If you have any questions regarding more details of my language background, or any of the other subjects I am available to tutor, please do not hesitate to contact me!
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