University of Hawaii at Manoa (English)
From my first few months teaching English in Japan, I knew it was the sort of thing I really enjoyed. There's nothing as satisfying as helping students succeed, and each time a student was accepted at a university, I knew I had helped them accomplish a very significant goal.
More recently, my experience as the assistant director of my university's writing lab and embedded tutor for English 100 classes gave me an opportunity to help native English speakers insights in the college essay writing and editing process. Finally, my current work helping writers publish their works of fiction and nonfiction is rewarding, and has allowed me to gain a much deeper understanding of how the storytelling process works, as well as seeing some of the unifying principles behind all English writing processes.
I have eight years experience teaching experience in Japan, was certified in both TOEIC and TOEFL exam preparation, as well as English lesson prep. In addition, I have five years experience editing and writing game software and hardware manuals, as well as experience editing and writing materials as diverse as SONAR data visualization manuals, editing essays in book format on urban architecture, and writing Japanese-tourism-focused ad materials.
I lived in Japan for thirteen years, and passed the second highest Japanese-Language Proficiency test (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken Nikyuu). I feel very confident about my speaking ability, having worked in a Japanese-speaking office for five years. If you're looking to improve your conversational ability, I have every confidence I can help.
As a writing specialist, I can help you improve writing and reading ability, particularly if you're looking for help in structuring writing assignments--from high school through post-graduate essays. From my first few months teaching English in Japan, I knew it was the sort of thing I really enjoyed. There's nothing as satisfying as helping students succeed, and each time a student was accepted at a university, I knew I had helped them accomplish a very significant goal.
More recently, my experience as the assistant director of my
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