My name is Dominique S. and I am a recent graduate of Gettysburg College. I graduated with a degree in English and Japanese Studies and as a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an honor society for English-majoring students. I started studying Japanese during my first year of college and I have continued that study throughout my undergraduate career. I spent the latter semester of my junior year studying abroad in Japan where I went to Kansai Gaidai University where I continued to study the language along with other classes that offered more cultural studies. During that time I also lived with a Japanese family as part of a home-stay program where, due to the fact that neither of my parents understood much English, I spoke primarily in Japanese with them. Granted, even though I have graduated with a degree in Japanese Studies, I still consider myself to be advanced as I am still studying the language to develop fluency. Even so, I have experience working as a language tutor (primarily with English as a writing tutor) but my proficiency in Japanese will allow me teach up to a 300-400 level college equivalent course. As far as my methods go, I would put students through a system I used myself as I studied the language back in college; I like to start from the very beginning or freshen up on previous material and make sure that students "return to basics" whenever they advance. I find that in my personal experience with languages, this builds confidence and will allow students to get understand more easily any complexities that come up as they continue their study. At higher levels I prefer to prioritize speaking and reading practice but for beginners I advocate getting them set with writing, speaking, and reading in equal measure for the purpose of full exposure. If you have a student that wishes to study Japanese and the beginner or intermediate level, I am willing to assist in their goal towards proficiency.
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