Information About Akiko - Liverpool tutor - (48 reviews)
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I am a Japanese national who has completed two Japanese language beginners courses (60 weeks and 20 weeks respectively) as a CACTUS language instructor at colleges based in central Liverpool and Manchester. In keeping with my professional status, I am adept at recognising how best to target my teaching approach, particularly with respect to students who have little or no knowledge of the Japanese language. In a formal course review exercise, I have received an excellent rating from my college studentsand business individuals (such as an NGO director and a company director) with respect to the various teaching components of the course. I also offer my students the advice and guidance for travel matters in Japan and exam/qualification preparations (the Japanese language Proficiency Test, for example).
I am fluent in verbal and written English and Japanese. My teaching experience also includes 18 months as an English language instructor to college students in Japan, in one-to-one, and group teaching as an employee at a language school. In addition, I was employed within the Japanese university sector as a translator of English to Japanese and vice versa. I therefore have language teaching experience acquired over several years based in the UK and Japan.
Teaching for beginners and casual learners for more than 5 years.
Recent Teaching Experience:
60 weeks (120 hours) in beginners Japanese at language colleges in Liverpool and 20 weeks in Manchester
12 months providing English language instruction to college students in Japan
18 months English-Japanese language translator at a Japanese University
60 weeks at a business establishment (Sony Entertainment) in the North West
34 weeks with the private tuition with various company managers/directors
I am able to provide personal tutoring and group tutoring (such as Sony entertainment groups) as required. I offer Skype teaching and am equipped with HD camera. An approachable and friendly style to engage students in fully comprehending an unfamiliar language. Tuition is provided in verbal and written Japanese using language props as an aid to understanding, with textbooks and specialist Hiragana teaching materials. I have excellent whiteboard writing skills and I am comfortable at teaching in both formal and less formal surroundings. Tuition can be arranged on a regular or irregular timetable according to the needs of the particular student(s). I am willing to travel business settings upon the tutee's requirement.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Surrey University (2010) - PhD in Sociology (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
- Surrey University (2001) - MSc in Research Methods (Masters) (✔ On File)
- London University (2000) - BSc in Social Policy (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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I will become a regular student for Akiko Sensei, for I know she will help me to achieve the level of Japanese language I require to be able to fluently communicate with my girlfriend, who's going to be my future wife.
Valentin is a very talented and patient Japanese language learner. He leads a busy work life, however, he has shown his commitment in learning Japanese language. I am impressed with his artistic talent in drawing as well as his effort in learning Japanese society via various medium. I am certain that his future wife will be very happy with his positive and supportive personality.
I am very impressed with her daughter's focus and her paitience in absorbing various elements of Japanese language. I am certain that she will be a very good Japanese speaker if she continues to apply herself to understand various difficult/ different elements of Japanese language.
It is a joy to teach Japanese to a dedicated student with a lovely and supportive family.
Doomo Arigatoo gozaimasu.
Josh and Helen are very busy professionals, however, they are very keen to learn Japanese language and her culture. They have a good Japanese friend and I am certain that they will have a great time in Japan next year.
Martin is a very talented and meticulous student. He has a wide cultural interest and very well travelled.
I wish him a success in learning Japanese.
Neil is a dynamic and ambitious person. He has multiple interests and leads a busy life, however, he has put a lot of his effort in learning new skills including Japanese.
I wish him a good luck in learning Japanese and visiting Japan in the future.
Alex is a funny and very respectful student.
He has a good knowledge on Japanese games and anime and I'm very certain that he will have a great time when he visits Japan next year.
Beth is a very keen student who takes notes for my corrections and my advice for life in Japan. She studies Japanese carefully and has many interesting ideas for her future visit and work in Japan.
I am confident that she will make a success of her Japanese language learning if she continues to apply.
Shona is a hard working and talented Japanese speaker.
She has an exciting plan to visit Japan very soon and she is very curious about Japanese phrases and Japanese culture.
I'm confident that she will have a great time in Japan and that her good pronunciation of Japanese phrases will bode well.
I believe she has the ability to help me reach my linguistic goals in the Japanese language.
He is an ambitious, courteous and keen student. He is eager to learn Japanese language and I am impressed.
Talal San is a very nice person and I am confident that he will achieve his goals if he continues to study the subject consistently.
He is a very talented and attentive student. I am impressed with his life experience and his keen attention to learn everyday Japanese phrases and culture.
I am certain that he will achieve his goals if he continues to put his effort in learning Japanese language.
Not only does she help with learning a language she also additionally helps you understand culture, geography and history which are all vitally important.
He is a very knowledgeable and dynamic business man and I wish him my best in the success in his business.
She is a friendly and very quick learner. She is very enthusiastic about her new opportunities to learn Japanese language, culture and cuisine.
I'm confident that she will go further in her endeavours if she continues.
They are easy to follow and understand, making them very enjoyable to partake in.
The lessons are well paced as to not overwhelm you with information, making it easier to remember and review the lesson.
Overall I am very happy and can't wait for the next lesson.
He is keen and enjoyable to have a lesson with. I hope that I will be able to learn more welsh with him!
At the moment, I'm learning the basic's - which is a good start for me! Seen as most of my knowledge is from watching anime. (Not enough to hold a conversation that's for sure!)
One of the thing's I really like about learning Japanese with Akiko, is that when I do something well, she praises me… Which I know sounds silly, but it helps motivate me to keep doing well!
Another thing I should point out is that she uses Japanese most of the time to speak to me - Which is scary at times, but it helps me remember phrases better ^-^
Akiko is super friendly, and helpful when I ask questions on thing's I am unsure on. Therefore I don't have to hold back on asking questions!
Looking forward to many more lessons!
Here's to speaking better Japanese! ^-^
Lee is very friendly and very keen to learn anything related to Japanese culture. He is very knowledgeable about Japanese anime with his good taste. As a teacher, it is always a pleasure to teach a student who is highly motivated using his interactive to learn and master Japanese vocabulary. He sent me his impressive test results in one of Japanese Language test. I am certain that he will achieve any of his goals as long as he remains motivated!
I hope to continue my Japanese lessons with Akiko for as long as I can!
Thank you so much Akiko!
I wish Charlotte my very best wishes to learn Japanese language and culture further.
Chris is very pleasant and has shown good aptitude with the language.
I wish him the best for learning Japanese.
Thank you for your kind feedback. Arigatoo gozaimasu. Amrit speaks multiple languages and very resourceful.
I wish him a great success in learning Japanese.
Arigatoo gozaimasu.Jack is a very motivated student and is highly capable.
It has been my pleasure teaching him Japanese.
She took time to explain about her teaching method and the scheme of work. My son's first lesson went really well and he is looking forward to the next one!
Doomo arigatoo gozaimasu.
Liam is a studious and polite student. He had shown his eagerness and commitment to learn the language.
With his focus, I am confident that he will go very far in meeting his objectives of living and leavening new culture in Japan.
Arigatoo gozaimasu Anneline san.
She is a smart and quick learner. I am impressed with her cultural knowledge and keenness to absorb new Japanese vocabulary.
Despite of the busy work schedule and long traveling, you are working very hard to learn Japanese continuously. It has been my pleasure to teach such dedicated students.
I'm very impressed with your efforts and stamina and I sincerely wish that both of you will be able to visit Japan in the near future.
He is a very capable and keen student. I am always interested in hearing his diverse experience of learning new language and different culture.
Abby is a very keen and hard working student. I wish her a great success in her endeavours.
He is a keen and friendly student. I am certain that he will be successful in any of his endeavour.
Konnor is a hard working person but he is very friendly. I am very pleased with assisting his learning of Japanese language.
Would definitely recommend!!
He is a keen and friendly Japanese learner. I like his approachable personality. He is also keen to learn Japanese wider culture and I am happy to teach him Japanese.
Arigatou Gozaimasu Akiko san
I have found that Tom was very keen to learn and has put lots of efforts in learning Japanese. It's been my pleasure to teach him Japanese.
I wish him the best endeavour.
Thank you for your feedback. You are a very keen learner and a very friendly person. I wish you all the best.
Very happy to recommend her.
Mike is a keen and very intelligent student who has diverse interests in art and culture.
I am confident that he will make a steady progress in learning Japanese.
I am very impressed with your writing and creativity. You are interested in Japanese language and culture. I wish you a good luck with your learning.
Thank you for your growing feedback. I am confident that you will adapt the academic and social environment well in Kansai region, judging from the good progress in learning Japanese language.
You are a hard working and very intelligent learner. I wish you a good luck in mastering Japanese.
Arigatou gozaimasu. I enjoyed talking to you as well. Such a wealth of knowledge about technology and Japanese manga.
I hope that you will enjoy travelling across Japan this summer!
Thank you for your feedback. I also appreciate your professionalism and your dynamic personality.
She has been going at a pace decided by me and is very helpful at explaining areas I do not understand. Equally, she does not dwell on areas we both feel I understand but will recap on what I've learnt so I can retain this information better.
Akiko uses a range of teaching techniques and is happy to tailor teaching to my specific needs.
Akiko is always very flexible and acoomting with her lesson times and her location is perfect for Liverpool city centre.
I would highly recommend Akiko as a Japanese teacher.
Would highly recommend.
Thank you for your feedback. I think that you are a very motivated and highly intelligent student. I am sure that you are an effective teacher in your specialised discerpline. As for Japanese, I am very impressed with your care and quality in Hiragana.
Thank you for your feedback. It is my pleasure to teach such a diligent student. I have enjoyed teaching Japanese to you because you have kept your enthusiasm in learning Japanese and Japanese culture, despite your demanding work situation. During the lesson, you have been very attentive and have consistently tried hard to improve your language skills in both writing and listening. I wish you success in your future and am look forward to meeting you again.
Thank you for your reply. It was a pleasure to teach such a talented and hard-working student. I wish that everything will go well in your future.
I thought I should tell you the reason why I didn't want to continue the Japanese lessons.
Even though I had sent you an e-mail entirely in Japanese, and had lived in Japan for half a year and studied Japanese for two and a half years (now reaching intermediate level) you wanted to start off with the basics (what is your name, where do you live, counting to 20 etc.) I didn't feel that lessons like that would be a constructive use of my time.
Also, I'm not aware if you've had any experience teaching Japanese to someone at my level, but I've realised it can be more difficult than teaching basic Japanese. If you haven't had any experience with this level of teaching, perhaps it would be better to not mention on this website that you can provide university-level teaching.
The feedback I believe is very unrepresentative of my teaching as demonstrated in subsequent feedback.