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I have ten years of teaching experience, and last year I lived in Japan teaching English. I have a great respect and understanding of the unique issues that Asian speakers face when learning English and I know many games and activities to help you improve! I specialize in TOEFL preparation and helping students get ready for university studies in America.
I am willing to travel, but do not have a car, so we can meet in the city or use public transportation.
1 year eikaiwa teaching experience in Japan
Low-intermediate Japanese level
10 years of teaching experience
3 years TEFL
2 years English (Native speakers)
2 years Computer Applications
3 years Mathematics
Colleges, Public & Private Schools, Tutoring
Technical editor and writer
Win/Mac, MS Office, HTML
Jazz Singer and Performing Artist
My passion for teaching began ten years ago when a professor asked me to teach a group of his precalculus students who had a phobia of math. My classes were surprisingly successful and I began to think of other groups that faced similar challenges. That is how I came to work as a technical instructor in 2000, teaching middle-aged adults who were new to computers. Around this time I began working as a technical editor for a variety of engineering disciplines, writing mathematics textbooks and software quality assurance manuals. Being a singer, I also worked in performing arts as a stage and choir manager and taught theater in a private high school. In management, I was a camp director and supervisor. Throughout all of these experiences, my gift was helping those exceptional and unique individuals that didn’t fit in the system properly. In 2006 I entered a Master’s program in Counseling Psychology so that I could understand how to help my students better. The knowledge and experience I gained during that program has brought my teaching to another level. It was during my Master’s degree that I began to fall in love with Japan and promised myself I would live and teach there someday.
I was an eikaiwa instructor at American Language School in Ichihara, Chiba from July 2010-2011. In that position I taught elementary and junior high students using the Let’s Go and Connect series textbooks, 1-5 year-old children with their mothers, free conversation with retired adults and Business English for office workers at a local industrial chemical company. I loved this job: working with my students, their families and living the Japanese lifestyle. When I experienced the Touhoku earthquake, including the explosion at the oil refinery near my house, I was determined to stay and help any way I could. My school was grateful for my flexibility and extra work, and was disappointed when I decided to return to America to pursue one of my other dreams: music school. Leaving Japan was very difficult for me and I am still homesick for Japan. However, I was unable to attend music school due to an error with my financial aid, which was discovered only a week before classes would have started. Since then, I have been moving forward with the goal of returning to Japan a better teacher than when I left.
In August I was chosen to be an ESL instructor at the prestigious test preparation company, Kaplan, in their International Center. College students come from all over the world to study with us to prepare for American University admissions. My speciality is the Test Of English as a Foreign Langauge (TOEFL). I train students not only on their basic English skills like reading, listening, speaking and writing, but also on logical hierarchy, exposition, persuasion, and the other elements of America’s unique style of academic discourse. This transition to a new way of thinking and expressing their ideas is often more difficult than the acquisition of new vocabulary and mastering advanced grammar. I deeply respect my students for their dream to pursue their education in a foreign land and language and I enjoy giving them all the guidance I can on how to be successful here. I have also been providing private English tutoring to Japanese visitors through my company Rainbow Bridge English. In anticipation of returning this year, I have been studying Japanese and began practicing kendo, the first of many traditional Japanese arts I want to learn.
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