University of Texas School of Law (J.D.)
I have worked in Japan as an English teacher and lawyer. I taught English in junior high schools and high schools for Mombusho, Japan's Ministry of Education, for three years. The emphasis was on reading and writing, with the goal to help students pass rigorous university entrance examinations. Although spoken English was less emphasized, I created an English Speaking Society for interested students which met after school. I also assisted a local group of Japanese doctors with real-world conversation skills and medical terminology as they prepared to do a working sabbatical in a large metropolitan US hospital.
I then taught at a private English language school (Eikaiwa) for two years. I taught university students as well as corporate clients. I assisted graduate students who needed working English skills to read scientific and medical literature. I prepared undergraduates for foreign exchange trips and study abroad programs in the US, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
I assisted a manufacturing corporation as it prepared to merge with an American company. I prepared selected staff for dealing with American business culture and protocol. I also proofread documents and offered advice on translation and wording. I performed similar duties for a well-known electronics manufacturing company.
I taught TOEIC, TOEFL, and Oxford English Test preparatory classes for individual and corporate clients. I also specialized in conversation and pronunciation skills. Many of my clients had excellent reading and writing skills, but could not participate in even simple live conversations. I greatly enjoyed helping students go from thinking of English simply as a language they saw on paper, to something they could use as a tool in their personal lives.
I also have experience teaching English to other nationalities, but the vast majority of my experience is in teaching to Japanese.
I also speak, read and write intermediate Japanese. My skills have necessarily become a little rusty, as I am no longer in an immersive environment using it every day, but I would be comfortable teaching beginner/intermediate Japanese speaking, vocabulary and grammar. I also have a good knowledge of Japanese history, culture and lifestyle--and love to talk about any of these things! I have worked in Japan as an English teacher and lawyer. I taught English in junior high schools and high schools for Mombusho, Japan's Ministry of Education, for three years. The emphasis was on reading and writing, with the goal to help students pass rigorous university entrance examinations. Although spoken English was less emphasized, I
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