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English

Price Guide
Beginner £75.00
Intermediate £75.00
Advanced £75.00
Expert £75.00

Japanese

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Beginner £85.00
Intermediate £85.00
Advanced £85.00
Expert £85.00

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BA / MACantab Japanese (Double First Class) University of Cambridge, 2014
MA Musical Theatre (Distinction) Royal Academy of Music, 2016
DipRAM Diploma, Royal Academy of Music, 2016
LRAM Licentiate of Teaching, Royal Academy of Music, 2019
Japanese Proficiency JLPT Level 1 (Business-level Japanese)
Best Actress Nominee, Stage Debut Awards 2017

I have worked as a private tutor for 10 years in the UK and Japan, teaching a wide variety of subjects to children and adults aged 4-50s, one-on-one and in groups. As a professional actor, I offer a unique, dynamic approach to tutoring, combining elements of self-confidence / public speaking training into my language and drama classes. I have worked with business professionals, actors, sportspeople, students and entrepreneurs to help them develop their language skills alongside their confidence.

I write original textbooks and teaching materials for all my subjects, allowing me to provide a smooth transition for learners of all levels through their studies, and to adapt lesson content to suit the needs of each individual student.

I am currently based in London, having lived in Japan for a total of 24 months, studying Japanese at Doshisha University and then later working in a variety of locations across the country. I hold a BA degree from the University of Cambridge and an MA, Diploma and Teaching Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music. I have both stage and screen experience as a professional actor (Royal Lyceum Theatre, CBBC) and run drama and self-confidence workshops for children and young adults in London and Cambridge.

I now offer exclusively online teaching, having developed a strong, highly successful online programme for all my subjects over the past few unusual years. These consist of engaging, multi-media-based lessons for students aged 2 years old (literacy / drama) - adults (all subjects).

Teaching Experience:

I offer a unique teaching style, based on 10 years' experience teaching in the UK and Japan; Japanese study at the highest level (Cambridge University, Doshisha University Kyoto); drama and communication training at Royal Academy of Music; and 20 years' experience working with young children in childcare and academic settings.

For both Japanese and Drama, I use my own original textbooks and teaching materials, offering an experience you won't find with any other tutor. This is particularly important for students who wish to take GCSE Japanese, as there is currently no official textbook for the Pearson Edexcel exam. I also have bespoke textbooks for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students (in both romaji and hiragana / kanji), creating a smooth pathway from complete beginner through intermediate level and beyond.

Over the past decade, I have taught Japanese, Oxbridge / University Entry, Musical Theatre and Drama, Presentation Skills and Public Speaking, EFL, 4-plus, 7-plus and literacy lessons. I have worked with children as young as 2 in formal tutoring settings (4-plus examinations / EFL / literacy) both in-person and online, and have extensive experience working part-time in childcare centres, supporting children from just a few months old.

I work with language students of all levels, from beginners and casual learners to degree-level learners. Using fully original materials allows me to be highly adaptable in my approach to tutoring; I believe that there is no one-style-fits-all way to learn, and the goals and wishes of each student are central to successful sessions.

Teaching Approach:

JAPANESE
I offer Japanese classes to students of all levels, from beginners' level through intermediate, GCSE and degree-level Japanese. I have coached students of Japanese through GCSE, A-Level, and degree-level exams and every level of the JLPT qualifications. All my students have passed with a 9, A* or equivalent.

Japanese can be a challenge to master. As a non-native speaker, having been through the process of learning Japanese as an adult, I deeply understand the challenges that students face. As such, I can offer more support in learning methods, tips and tricks than a native speaker might.

One of the major issues for learners is that most of the textbooks on the market skip over the intricacies of the language. Over the past few years, I have written comprehensive, original textbooks for my Japanese students. At present, I offer bespoke materials for all my students, based on three main textbooks: beginners; intermediate & advanced; GCSE.

Using these textbooks allows me to:
a) edit and adapt materials for each student
b) develop online quizzes and interactive games to match each lesson I have designed (essential for effective online learning)
c) support students through beginners' level and through to GCSE and beyond (JLPT exams, A-Level). There is currently no official GCSE Japanese textbook (Pearson Edexcel) so I have written a collection of guides, focusing on grammar, vocabulary and themes. These allow students to feel more secure in their GCSE study, and confident that they have covered all the necessary elements for exam success.

EFL
I have taught English as a Foreign Language to students from Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Ukraine, Turkey and Russia. I write my own lesson materials and as such can offer tailor-made classes to suit each unique student: from more formal grammar based lessons to conversation classes, colloquial English classes, business English and public presentation classes, copywriting and proofreading services. I always mix speaking, writing and reading practice into each class.

SELF CONFIDENCE AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
I offer Self Confidence workshops for groups of any number (private one-on-one sessions also available). These are tailor-made, and can emphasise any combination of audition and interview skills, body confidence and/or strengthening personal intuition.

In both language learning and Drama, I believe that confidence is key. I hope to help my students never hold back in fear of making a mistake - just taking part and offering up an opinion is a valuable response, whatever form that takes.

I am naturally talkative and confident, but having worked with a wide variety of students, I know that some students feel intimidated by a tutor who pushes them to overly express themselves. More than anything, I try to encourage my students to gain confidence in their subject, and confidence communicating their unique ideas.

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Japanese, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Royal Academy of Music (2019) - LRAM / Licentiate of Royal Academy of Music to Teach (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Royal Academy of Music (2016) - MA Musical Theatre (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • University of Cambridge (2014) - 1:1 BA Japanese Studies (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (2013) - Level 1: Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Professional) (✔ On File)

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