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I have been teaching ESL since 1981. I have the most experience with teaching Japanese people (having worked extensively with families in Missouri, as well as children and adults while living in Japan), but have taught people from all parts of the world.
I teach a foreign language (Japanese) and love to learn new languages, so I understand the challenges of learning a different language first-hand.
I have successfully tutored business people to help them improve their English in their jobs.
I have been teaching Japanese since 1988, beginning as a TA during my graduate studies. I have taught at elementary schools, jr and senior high schools, colleges, universities, and senior centers. I have had special training throughout my career in the direct method (using no or little English), acquisition based learning (also called the communicative approach), and TPR and TPR story-telling methods (Total physical response).
I tailor my teaching method to the needs and desires of each individual student.
I have lived in Japan on several different occasions and am comfortable with the natural speech of contemporary Japan.
I love manga, anime, J-drama and J-pop and use them often in my lessons.