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Western Washington University (Japanese)
I am currently studying Japanese, education and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) at Western Washington University. I spent a year studying abroad in Nagoya, Japan, and I learned so much about the language and culture, and myself. My goal after graduation is to become a high school Japanese teacher after living in Japan for a few years either teaching English or otherwise. I am passionate about both subjects and about teaching. I have teaching experience with students in high schools and ESL programs here in Bellingham, and have just completed my student teaching internship abroad in Hobart, Tasmania, where I planned and taught Japanese lessons to four 7th grade classes, two 8th grade classes, and one 9/10th grade combined class for a period of 11 weeks. Before that, I helped tutor students in Japan and India in English in a conversational context and am currently planning and executing weekly ESL lessons with a group of three students. Overall, I am a very easy-going, amiable person. I enjoy teaching, and that makes a world of difference for both the tutor and the student. I am currently studying Japanese, education and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) at Western Washington University. I spent a year studying abroad in Nagoya, Japan, and I learned so much about the Read more
Last night was my ninth session with Hannah and we went to a Japanese "sushi style" restaurant and pretended we were in Toyko and Hannah was Japanese. My goal was to attempt to use the sentence structure skills, vocabulary and pronunciation I have learned to the best of my ability in a conversational dinner with Hannah. That was challenging enough, but even tougher was listening to spoken Japanese by Hannah and tuning my ear to catch the meaning if not exact wording in her speaking. It was by far the most challenging session we've had together, but also the most rewarding, because even though it was rough from my limited comprehension and speaking, I felt that there was an ability to converse at a rudimentary level even after just 8 sessions. The first hour went by lightning fast! We also reviewed a ton of homework I had prepared for this session, including learning 17 verbs and ten new hiragana characters. It was a really fun evening, including a celebration of my birthday, and toasts with sake, "kanpai!"
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I am currently studying art at Western Washington University. I have taken drawing classes and have a portfolio of drawings available. Since I'm studying education as well, I have a good idea of how to teach techniques and other such aspects of art.
I am a senior currently studying Japanese at Western Washington University, and my goal is to become a high school Japanese teacher. I've been studying it for 8 years now. I spent a year living and studying in Nagoya, Japan, and it was the best year of my life. I've really developed a deep passion for the language and culture of Japan, and I can't imagine my life without it!
Through my 8 years of studying Japanese, I've been helping my peers understand grammar and study vocabulary, kanji, and whatever else they need through personal tutoring sessions. Because I have personally learned Japanese as a second language, I'm aware of the challenges it holds for English speakers and can explain concepts in a way that's easy to internalize. I've worked with many exchange students tutoring English as well, since I'm a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) minor, so I know a variety of learning strategies!
I ran track and field for all four years in high school. I went to state in my events all four years as well. Throughout my time on the team, I was helping other teammates with their form, starts, etc. I also worked with children one summer at a track and field workshop/camp.
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