Information About Shivaangee - Thornton Heath teacher - (3 reviews)
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BA (Hons) in Japanese, Oxford University
Level 1, Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
Japanese Language Program, Keio University (Tokyo)
Over these last 10 years, I have studied Japanese in various environments both in Japan and the UK, such as in school, college, university, in a Japanese host family, with Japanese flatmates, and while working in Japan. As a result, my purpose in studying the language has also evolved with time, from studying for exams, to studying to read novels, to make speeches, to study linguistics, to make friends, to debate, to conduct interviews, to write academic papers and to teach dance. This continuous exposure makes me very empathetic to the challenges that come with learning and practising Japanese. I do believe Japanese is a tough language, but I don’t think it has to be particularly intimidating. Like any other language, once the complexities are systematically broken down, then it is just a matter of practice and familiarity.
I’m friendly and approachable, but quite a fan of logical thinking, efficiency and clear communication. And as you can probably tell, I’m enthusiastic about languages!
I have experience teaching Japanese at varying levels from beginners to advanced. This includes running courses for groups at secondary school students, and consequently being responsible for the content, teaching style, and concluding presentations. I also have experience of individual mentoring at university-level with juniors and peers.
I have extensive experience teaching other subjects, such as Geography (one-to-one tuition for GCSE and A-Level), dance (one-to-one tuition for adults and group classes for adults), yoga (group sessions for mixed ages) and sport (including a Community Sports Leadership Award qualification). This broad range of experience has given me a set of fundamental teaching principles that are applicable across all disciplines. It includes good practice, such as lesson / content planning, quizzing and reflective learning, in addition to high skills, such as listening, problem solving and the number one most important skill of all, communication!
First, I arrange a call with the tutee to determine:
- Their current level, their desired level, and the amount of desired teaching hours / time period that they want to work with me.
- The purpose of their study; specific exam / a trip / interview / relationship / literature / business etc. In addition to determining the content of the tuition, this also helps to refine the focus on respective parts of the language; e.g. gaining command of a broader vocabulary is a priority for working towards a job in Japan, whereas if the tutee wants to enjoy Japanese literature, then the focus might rather be on improving derivational skills without a dictionary.
This will allow me to devise an approximate syllabus that will be covered in the timeline specified. Of course, if a tutee wants a more spontaneous style of tutoring (eg. working through a novel over a month), then that is very possible too!
The lessons are structured, typically like this:
The tutee will have spent some time preparing for the agreed topic beforehand, and this ‘homework’ will help me to gauge the tutee’s grasp of the topic before we begin.
The first half of the lesson will be spent working through the fundamental content, and the next half will be spent on implementing the content through practice, and discussion.
I often ask tutees to try and teach me the content back as it can reveal gaps in understanding. The last five minutes is spent refining the aims and content for the next lesson.
Typically lessons with younger tutees are more structured than with more mature tutees, and I think this flexibility is important. After the first few lessons, I expect to be on the same page with the tutee on what teaching style they prefer, but all lessons are planned and structured to some degree! That’s just the way I roll. ‘Homework’ is always recommended as its an effective communication tool for what I and the tutee need to work on, but again, I’m happy to discuss the tutees individual needs (and time constraints!)
I can recommend appropriate reference tools, textbooks, novels and films for the tutee to complement their lesson learning.
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Additional Languages: French, Hindi, Japanese, Russian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Oxford University (2015) - 2:1, BA (Hons) Japanese (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (2015) - High Pass, JLPT N1 (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- Keio University, Tokyo (2014) - A, Japanese Language Program (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- James Allen's Girls' School (2010) - A*, A-Level Japanese (College) (✘ Not On File)
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Not only does she have extensive knowledge of the Japanese language, but she has a wonderful execution and a series of methods to ensure her student understands and absorbs the knowledge. She is flexible, meticulous and has been able to mould and create lesson plans that suit our needs and abilities.
Our broken knowledge of the language is being pieced together by Shivaangee at a rate that works with our time frame. We enjoy our lessons with Shivaangee, in-person or online, and look forward to more.