Komazawa University (English American Lit)
Nazareth College of Rochester (MEd)
My name is Manabu Y. and I am from Japan. I have nine years of teaching experience combined - at University and High School as well as at a conversation school in Japan. I have taught learners of varying ages with different learning styles and language abilities. I hold a BA in English Literature from Komazawa University, Japan and a Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages B-12) from Nazareth College, New York. Although my expertise is in teaching English as a second/foreign language, I offer Japanese language tutoring as well as computer-related support services.
One of my strengths as a language tutor is that, because of my personal language learning experience, I have a deeper understanding of language acquisition. I am acutely aware of the differences between academic and conversational language learning, and I have first-hand knowledge of the intricate elements of cultural sensitivity. I have a very flexible mind and am very patient with my students.
As to my technological background, I was once a successful business owner of a computer retail store in Western New York; specializing in custom-built computers, upgrades, maintenance, and repair. I continued to share my knowledge within my most recent position as a University Instructor as I was placed in charge of department-wide IT-related tasks and creating a Moodle site to support students and faculty in the Practical English department. I can provide instruction and support from very basic tasks, such as creating a Word file to creating a PowerPoint presentation or Excel spreadsheet to small office networking.
In Japan, an individual’s name has meaning. In my case, “Manabu” means “learn”. I am always learning new things and thrive on helping others expand their knowledge and exceed their learning goals. My name is Manabu Y. and I am from Japan. I have nine years of teaching experience combined - at University and High School as well as at a conversation school in Japan. I have taught learners of varying ages with different learning styles and language abilities. I hold a BA in English Literature from Komazawa University, Japan and a Master’s
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I acquired my Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Nazareth College in New York. I have over seven years of teaching experience, including my most recent position at Yokohama City University in Japan, where I was a Senior Instructor. What I place a strong emphasis on in my teaching is that students gain the ability to establish their own methodologies that work best for them. Additionally, I help students see different perspectives that complement their learning styles and tailor them to meet their needs.
I am very aware of the emotional challenges of second language acquisition as I have gone through the intricate process of being immersed and developing a “new self”, so to speak, in a culturally and linguistically different environment.
I also have taught and worked with people from different cultural backgrounds and varying ages.
I have extensive knowledge of computer hardware and software. I was once a successful business owner of a computer retail store in New York (PC-Trend). One of the services that I offered was to instruct customers on how to use their computers and peripherals.
At the university where I most recently worked, I was put in charge of IT-related development and management. I created a department-wide network system using a Microsoft Windows Server which hosted a homepage for faculty use and a Moodle site for students and teachers.
I am a native speaker of Japanese, was raised in Japan, and graduated from a Japanese university. Although my expertise is in teaching English as a foreign/second language (ESL/EFL), my background in this field encompasses the fundamental knowledge and competency for teaching Japanese. Understanding how languages are acquired and utilizing methods for second language learning are the core components of teaching any language successfully.
My teaching methods range from conventional strategies, such as textbook-based, to using visual and technological aids for facilitating students’ learning.