For three years, I taught English as a Foreign Language through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme in Tottori, Japan. At local junior high and elementary schools, I engaged students in a range of activities promoting international awareness, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to immerse myself in Japanese culture, as well. I cannot begin to do justice to my experience, but it was incredibly enriching, and now I believe I, too, have a responsibility to maintain the strength of the Japan-U.S. relationship.
While studying English at Hobart College, I volunteered as a tutor to my peers through the Writing Colleagues program. Rather than proofread or edit essays, I would instead meet with students, one-on-one, and discuss their work, attempting to elicit ideas in the author's own words. Open-ended questioning allowed my classmates to come to their own conclusions. Helping others better express themselves was my first call to education.
I returned to America last August and, while working towards Massachusetts certification in ELA, served as a group leader of the Brooks Elementary After-School Program in Medford, MA. Through our Japanese club, we practiced shodo calligraphy and, most significantly, corresponded with my previous students from Japan.
I'm excited to work with anyone interested in Japanese--no matter what your level of skill or exposure. I have passed N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test [JLPT], so I am familiar with business-level Japanese, just as I am Osaka slang.
Please don't hesitate to contact me. Yoroshiku ne!
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