I am a native speaker of Japanese and living in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan. I earned a BA (4.0 GPA) in Teaching Japanese as a Second Language from University of Hawaii in 1999. Since then, I have been teaching / tutoring Japanese to adults, children, high school students, college students.
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I taught at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii (I.B. exam AB Initio class), "Upward Bound" at Windward Community College. a Japanese language school for children in Hawaii, and Academia Language School in Honolulu. I worked for Panasonic in Massachusetts and provided Japanese and cultural awareness lessons to its employees. I give language lessons to employees of a local IT business and I have been a substitute teacher at a private high school (Punahou in Honolulu) for over 15 years.
I am giving private lessons to various professionals (businessmen, doctors, military officers, real-estate agent, flight attendants, retail employees), retirees and college / high /middle school students. Most of my current students are learning Japanese because of their personal intents and love for Japanese culture.
1. Beginners: You and I choose a textbook and make teaching materials based on each student's needs. Examples of textbooks used: "Japanese for Busy People, " "Genki," "Hakase" "Minna no Nihongo," "Nakama," "Adventure in Japanese," "Situational Functional Japanese" any others. I make teaching materials based on each student's needs.
2. Intermediate and advanced students: We have more options. I suggest and discuss with prospective students ways to help them reach their goals. I use different teaching materials and teach each student differently. Students and I "develop" / modify curriculum together according to their needs.
3. Job-specific language training, job interview practice etc. can be arranged.
Meeting time / day: I tutor 7 days / week, 8am - 7:30pm Hawaii time (Hawaii is 5 hours ahead of Japan)
I spend 1 month in Tokyo twice a year. During those time I could meet you in person.
3000 yen/ 40 min. x 4
4000 yen/ 60 min. x 4
Single lesson: 3500 yen / 45 min, 4500 yen /60 min.
If you are interested please email me.