I am an experienced English and Japanese teacher, with a focus on cultivating strong study skills in my students, and can offer real-world knowledge for other subjects as well, such as world religions and social studies.
I graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a double degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Japanese focus) and International Studies, with a minor in Second Language Studies (also known as Applied Linguistics). I spent 4 years living in Japan, 2 years in Bangladesh, and a summer in Taiwan. This includes professional experience interpreting and translating between English and Japanese, and have JLPT N1 certification as well as TESOL certification.
As a teacher, I have years of experience teaching English, Japanese, and Mandarin for students of all ages, genders, economic backgrounds, language levels, and also from a range of nationalities and cultures--from Burmese refugees to Taiwanese businesspeople to Japanese government officials. As an ESL/EFL teacher, I have copious experience teaching English in a variety of contexts, including academic English, communicative English, and business English, for speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
As I am proficient in multiple other languages, including Japanese, Spanish, and Mandarin (and to a lesser extent Bengali) through a combination of self-study and both formal and casual instruction, I am able to give practical advice regarding how to study effectively both in-class and outside of class. I believe it is important to cultivate efficient self-study tools and habits, and have developed many projects aiming to do just that for my students.
Additionally, I strive ensure a comfortable, conducive learning environment by creating a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in the class with each individual heard and respected. Furthermore, I am particularly flexible and excel in tailoring classes to fit students' needs and interests.
My mission is to create a bridge between people of different languages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds while constantly developing my own skills and knowledge to showcase the common humanity of us all.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelor in Arts, International Relations
Reading, dance (Zumba, Middle Eastern, Bollywood, etc.), Japanese calligraphy, and tea
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School World History
IB Global Politics
IB Social and Cultural Anthropology
IB World Religions
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Test in Japanese with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization