Information About Jess - Bloomsbury teacher - (19 reviews)
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Specialist in beginner's Japanese, GCSE and A-Level Japanese, I offer one of the only textbooks available specifically following the GCSE Pearson Edexcel specification. I write original textbooks for all my learners from beginners onwards, offering a smooth transition for students from newcomer level through GCSE and beyond, whilst adapting lesson content to suit the needs of each individual student. I offer targeted support for students who already have some level of Japanese: those taking Japanese classes at school who feel they need extra guidance, or heritage speakers of Japanese who need to formalise their language skills before taking the GCSE.
I also teach Japanese A-Level and have written a course of study to guide A-Level students, who will find very little support from the exam board when aiming to take Pearson Edexcel papers. Lessons are split between a focus on the specification grammar; research and essay work around the fiction and film sources; and comprehension work, using using a range of published Japanese written materials to explore the specification themes.
I support students looking towards all levels of the JLPT exams (N5-N1), using a variety of original materials and multi-lingual textbooks. Finally, of course, many of my learners are taking Japanese classes casually for personal or professional development, without aiming for formal exams. I adapt all lessons to the needs and wishes of my students, and can support learners with any goal, at any stage of their journey with Japanese.
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 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 and A-Level Japanese, as there are currently no official textbooks for the Pearson Edexcel exams. 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 intermedia**Contact Detail Removed**vel 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 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).
I offer Japanese classes to students of all levels, from beginner's 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. I have a separa**Contact Detail Removed**arning pathway for A-Level students, which uses a wider range of published materials.
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.
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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Additional Languages: French, Japanese, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- 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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My daughter (with no previous knowledge of the language) joined the school after everyone else had been learning the language for a year. After 10 lessons over a summer, Jess was able to get her to a point to be confident enough to fit in with her peers, as well to be able to really enjoy the language,
Thank you, Jess!
Although she has taken the time to put together a clear learning pathway, Jess takes the time to focus on any information you bring to the session. It keeps me passionate and excited to meet with Jess on a bi-weekly basis - I know I’ll come away from the session with exactly what I wanted to know!
Beyond that, Jess is extremely warm, intelligent and caring - she’ll always take the time to check in, and then help to translate those activities to Japanese!
Jess’ sessions always feel like catching up with a friend, but I walk away realising I walk away with all the information I wanted to know. She truly is the definition of a ‘sensei.’
I couldn’t recommend Jess enough. Thank you Jess!
A Well structured lesson, combined with a passion for the history and culture of Japan, Jess breathes new life into teaching languages.
Her flexibility and understanding of costs is what put her above other tutors in this field, awaiting lesson three, and already i am really enjoying the experience!
Highly recommend Jess as a tutor!