Information About Artour - Bloomsbury teacher - (17 reviews)
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I am a PhD-educated social scientist/lecturer, a professional Japanese language educator with a university degree in teaching, and an academic skills coach. I have 27 years of experience teaching all levels of Japanese (see more information further in this page) and 11 years of teaching Social Sciences and Humanities for GCSE`s, IB, A Levels, JLPT, university courses, and adult learners. As an Academic and Study Skills Mentor, I have helped hundreds of graduate and postgraduate students in Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities successfully complete their university coursework with the best possible grades and equipped them with study skills to ensure they maximise the benefits and opportunities of their degrees.
I have worked as an academic and pastoral mentor at my university for over 6 years and 9 years as a private Social Sciences tutor. During that time, I have successfully helped students with hundreds of written assignments such as
book and article reviews and précis,
individual research projects, etc.
for all faculties across Social Sciences, History, Arts, and Humanities at the UK universities, including but not limited to:
Anthropology and subdisciplines
Sociology and subdisciplines
Law and Legal Studies
Media and Communication Studies
I work with both young students who struggle to cope with their coursework and university life in general as well as with mature students who are back in education after a long gap and need help to get back in the saddle.
I develop and give interactive workshops on Academic Study Skills such as
working out research questions and research methodology,
finding research sources for your assignments,
developing theoretical approaches,
planning and structuring written assignments,
referencing, paraphrasing, and avoiding plagiarism
best reading and note-taking practices,
developing critical and logical thinking,
structuring academic argument,
workload and time management,
and mental and emotional health maintenance.
With particular reference to Japanese language learning, I can help you plan and structure your learning process, kanji and vocabulary memorisation techniques, make sense of Japanese grammar and usage, develop writing and conversational skills. I can explain the minutest nuances of Japanese grammar patterns or kanji/jukugo meanings in plain English and ensure that you know how to use them correctly. Specifically for teaching kanji, I use my own method adapted from the Japanese national school curriculum for the needs of non-native speakers. It is built around continuously mindmapping kanji and their combinations to help develop your kanji usage, boost your Japanese vocabulary, and really understand how the Japanese language describes reality.
Building up on my international corporate and academic experience, I provide life-coaching advice on career and academic development. Specifically for Japanese learners, I consult on how to apply for Japanese scholarships and JLPT exams, study or work in Japan, or build a Japan-related career. I have been through five different education systems myself and I am very attuned to the difficulties international students may have with dealing with the UK higher education. I provide tailor-made assistance for each individual students suiting their educational and cultural background.
I studied at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies on the Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship and have a university degree in teaching Japanese, Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and the JETRO Business Japanese certificate. I obtained my MA and PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where I attended 24 courses in Social Sciences, History, Arts, Humanities, and Languages of East and Southeast Asia.
I am a member of
the SOAS Japan Research Centre,
the British Association of Japanese Teachers (BAJT),
the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA),
the International Association for Asian Studies (IASS),
the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS),
the British Association of MEXT Scholars (BAMS),
and the Japan Society of the UK.
I also work at the JLPT exam in London.
BA (Hons) in Japanese Studies and Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
MA (Hons) in Pacific-Asian Studies (major in the Anthropology of Japan)
PhD in the Cultural Studies of Japan (conducted ethnographic fieldwork with Japanese migrants in Bangkok)
Over the course of my lifetime education I have been through 5 different education systems internationally and taken over 50 university modules. My expertise covers Social Sciences, Languages, Arts and Humanities.
Japanese Language Instruction:
I have taught Japanese for over 25 years for their GCSE`s, A-levels, IB, JLPT, university examinations, and business and hobby purposes. I have successfully helped numerous hundreds of students with their school or university coursework as well as provided full-on individual preparation for Edexcel's Japanese exam as an external student.
In addition to my academic pursuits, I have worked for a number of Japanese multinationals and SMEs around the world. Using that experience as a Certified Cross-Cultural Trainer I provide executive coaching and give interactive workshops on doing business with Japanese companies: the do`s and don`ts, how to gain and maintain trust, keigo (honorific speech), Japanese business etiquette and correspondence, etc. Building on my academic training as a social scientist of Japan and my 30 years of involvement with the country, I also give interactive media-enhanced talks on various aspects of Japanese culture, art, and society.
Translation and Interpreting:
I have been involved in specialist translation and interpreting projects from and into Japanese, having worked with the likes of Toyota Motors, the NHK, Ricoh, and Cendant Moblity.
Being a huge language buff and thanks to the international life I have lived, I have a written and conversational command of Chinese, Thai, Laotian, Russian, Croatian, Dutch, Afrikaans, French, Spanish, and a few other languages. I make a habit out of picking up the fundamentals of the language when I go on my extended trips to various countries. I can help you develop your linguistic ability and language learning skills like I did that for myself. "After the sixth language it`s a cinch."
Consistency, Clarity, Flexibility:
My approach to teaching is flexible, yet consistent, and friendly, yet rigorous. I build my tutorials on a solid and clear objective-driven structure based around students' short-, mid-, and long-term goals. At the same time, no tutorial of mine is the same, as I tailor each to the student`s specific situation at hand, ensuring the maximum level of efficiency and problem-solving every time.
I use a wide range of hand-picked digital and print learning materials to suit my students` wishes, needs, and abilities in the most efficient way and ensure that their headway is equal across all the language components (reading, writing, listening, speaking, kanji, grammar, and vocabulary).
Based on nearly three decades of teaching experience, I can explain my students any aspect of Japanese grammar, no matter how minute or obscure, in plain terms and enable its immediate practical usage in writing and conversation. For the most daunting task for every student of Japanese, learning kanji, I give my students full support in maintaining a rigorous and efficient kanji study schedule as well as in-depth explanations of each kanji`s stroke order, on and kun readings, meanings and jukugo combinations, reflecting when necessary their Classical Chinese origins and cognates in Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese; making sense of kanji by extensive mind-mapping this complex multidimensional signal system.
Teaching Social Sciences:
For teaching Anthropology and Sociology, I use the Socratic approach to help students develop an active understanding of their subject. That means supporting them closely towards finding their own answers, refining their own analytical skills, and ultimately gaining the full ability to crack any exam question or essay topic. Both Sociology and Anthropology require expanding the student`s world outlook, developing both an analytical mindset and a broad knowledge base across research topics and approaches. To that end, I see my student as a star in their life project and myself as a technician behind the stage ensuring that she or he realises their potential and achieves their purpose in life.
Upon request, I offer help with advanced level conversation and writing skills, pronunciation and diction.
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Additional Languages: English (British), French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- SOAS (2022) - Cultural Studies of Japan (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
- SOAS (2011) - MA Pacific-Asian Studies (Anthropology major) (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Osaka Gaidai University/Irkutsk Linguistic Unviersity (1996) - BA Japanese Studies (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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What stands Artour out is not only his experience but also understanding my needs and tailoring a Japanese teaching programme to help me achieve my Japanese goal and dream. My speaking and listening has seen a vast improvement, to a point where i can now speak some meaningful phrases and understand some Japanese spoken back to me. My writing and reading is now at a level where i can now write letters and questionnaires in Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji.
If your goal is to seriously study Japanese to a fluent level, I cannot recommend Artour high enough. As long as you have the desire and motiviation, Artour would be an excellent choice to help you achieve your Japanese goals and dreams!
If learning languages with Artour you have a tutor who is fluent in multiple different languages, ranging from English, Russian, Thai, Japanese, Dutch, French and a few more. It really helps to have someone very familiar with how different languages are structured to help take apart and explain your target language in simple to understand terms.
Rather than have a set way of working Artour will adapt his tuition to best fit your style of learning and isn't afraid to change things up when it's needed. He's also got a great sense of humour so lesson are genuinely entertaining.
A very good tutor all round.
Thanks a lot for your feedback. It is an honour and pleasure to have you as my student. I am looking forward to helping you reach all your goals.
I believe he goes a step above to offer the best resources for his students (outside the scope of what you would normally be shown by a tutor) and encourages me to be as curious as I can in my learning. Artour is highly methodical and deliberate in his approach to teaching Japanese and will have a well thought out plan for you depending on your desired goals.
He is extremely good at breaking things down and explaining them in a way that works for me. I have no doubt that anyone learning Japanese with Artour will achieve their Japanese language goals. On top of this, lessons are always so fun; he always brings great energy and enthusiasm every time! It really has been such an enjoyable experience thus far and I cannot wait to see my progress in Japanese in the future!
Artour has a great understanding of the structure needed to learn a language, which is particularly important for one as foreign as Japanese.
I'm very much looking forward to seeing the progress that I make with Artour!
I would highly recommend.
He worked so easily with my difficultly understanding certain grammar points, made up jokes so I'd remember things better which helped me pass my university exam!
He was very clear, professional, kind and has an extensive knowledge on not just Japanese grammar but the reasons behind them which helped me understand things so much better.
Thank you so much for your help! I will definitely be asking for your help again :)
His knowledge of Japan has been really useful in helping me determine my desire to study there, and I have really valued his advice in piecing together an application to do so via the Japanese embassy. Artour has never once lacked enthusiasm or heart for the subject, which I find makes a huge difference in my enjoyment of his lessons. I would highly recommend Artour and his sense of humour to anyone else looking to study Japanese.
Given that I am a single parent in full time employment, which limits mine and my daughter’s availability for lessons, Artour has been extremely helpful, accommodating and flexible. He also seem to have a natural ability to curb my scatterbrain daughter’s forgetfulness.
I would highly recommend Artour as a Japanese teacher. After a few months of lessons I can say with confidence that his knowledge and abilities as a teacher are second to none!