I am a professional Japanese language educator and a social scientist. I studied at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies on the Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship and have a university degree in teaching Japanese as well as Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency (JLPT) Test and the JETRO Business Japanese certificate. Over my post-graduate (MA and PhD) education at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, I attended 24 courses in the social sciences, history, languages, and arts of East and Southeast Asia to broaden and consolidate my knowledge base on all things Japanese and Asian.
Currently a doctoral researcher and academic mentor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, I also work at the JLPT exam in London. I am a member of the SOAS Japan Research Centre, the British Association of Japanese Teachers, the International Association for Asian Studies, the British Association for Japanese Studies, and the Japan Society of the UK.
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.
I also take on 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, Russian, Dutch, French and a few other languages.
I have taught Japanese for over 20 years. I have successfully prepared numerous students for their GCSE's, A-levels, IB, and university examinations. I help with your Japanese school/university course. I provide full-on individual preparation for your Japanese exam as an external student. I also teach adults for business and hobby purposes and mentor undergraduate and postgraduate students for essays, dissertations and exams.
My approach to teaching is flexible, yet consistent, and friendly, yet rigorous. I build my tutorials around a solid and clear objective-driven structure. 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 efficiency and problem-solving every time. I use a variety of digital and print learning materials to suit my students' wishes and needs the best possible way.
I am very proud of my professional ability to explain Japanese grammar 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 kanji stroke order, readings, meanings and combinations, reflecting when necessary on their Classical Chinese origins; making sense of kanji and their combinations by mindmapping this complex multidimensional signal system.
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.
|Languages||Russian, English (British), French, Japanese, Spanish|
|Availability||Weekdays (all times)|
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|SOAS||2011||Masters||MA Pacific-Asian Studies (Anthropology major)|
|Osaka Gaidai University/Irkutsk Linguistic Unviersity||1996||Bachelors||BA Japanese Studies|
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