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Burton F.

Seattle, WA

$40/hour

40 Years teaching English and as Japanese interpreter in Tokyo

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Pacific Lutheran University
English Literature
Pacific Lutheran College
EdD
Columbia University
Master's

Education

Pacific Lutheran University (English Literature)

Pacific Lutheran College (EdD)

Columbia University (Master's)

About Burton

Because of my experience living with a Japanese family for six years while teaching English at a University in Tokyo, Japan, I became fluent in Japanese. Returning to the states I became assistant professor of Japanese in the department of Chinese/Japanese at Columbia University in New York City. Later, because of both my English and Japanese ability, I was recruited in New York by the United States Air Force to teach English to pilots of the Japanese Defense Airforce. I returned to Japan. Later, I obtained a position with the Sony Corporation in Tokyo and established throughout Japan what became known as the Sony Language Laboratory, where due to my experience at Columbia University with language laboratory equipment, I traveled extensively throughout Japan demonstrating to Japanese teachers of English how to teach English, making use of language laboratory methods.
Returning to my prime interest, teaching English as a Second Language, I subsequently taught English in two universities in Tokyo. During that time I also became English language adviser to the Department of Agriculture where I reviewed and revised documents originally in Japanese, and translated them into English to be sent as advisory material to developing countries in South East Asia. This work involved a relationship with the Foreign Ministry of Japan which I frequently visited.
Retired back to Seattle, I taught English to foreign students for several years at the program established for that purpose at the University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. Many of my students were Japanese and were delighted and surprised that I spoke Japanese fluently and so was able to help them better to grasp English.
I am a teacher at heart. I believe I can help American students in their struggles with the Japanese language. I am retired, but in perfectly good health.
Because of my experience living with a Japanese family for six years while teaching English at a University in Tokyo, Japan, I became fluent in Japanese. Returning to the states I became assistant professor of Japanese in the Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Seattle, WA 98109
In-person lessons
Language:
French, Japanese

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Pacific Lutheran University
English Literature
Pacific Lutheran College
EdD
Columbia University
Master's

Education

Pacific Lutheran University (English Literature)

Pacific Lutheran College (EdD)

Columbia University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Burton will travel within 10 miles of Seattle, WA 98109.