I am a professional Japanese language educator and a social scientist. I have 25 years of experience teaching all levels of Japanese for GCSE's, IB, A Levels, JLPT, university courses, and adult learners. I mentor graduate and postgraduate students in Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities to help them successfully complete their university coursework be it essay, dissertations, individual research projects, reaction papers, literature reviews, core chapters, research proposals, etc. I also prepare students for exams to ensure the highest possible results.
I have worked as an academic and pastoral mentor at my university for over 5 years and 8 years as a private Social Sciences tutor. During that time, I have successfully helped students with hundreds of written assignments for all faculties across Social Sciences, History, Arts, and Humanities at the UK universities, including but not limited to:
Anthropology and subdisciplines
Sociology and subdisciplines
Law and Legal Studies
Media and Communication Studies
I usually pick up from where the lecturer/supervisor failed the student and help them finish successfully their coursework such as:
book and article reviews and précis,
individual research projects, etc.
I also coach for Academic Study Skills such as
working out research questions and research methodology,
finding research sources for your assignments and and referencing them correctly,
planning and structuring written assignments,
referencing, paraphrasing, and avoiding plagiarism
best reading and note-taking practices,
developing critical thinking,
structuring academic argument,
workload and time management,
and mental and emotional health maintenance.
With particular reference to Japanese language learning, I help with planning and structuring one's learning process, kanji and vocabulary memorisation techniques, making sense of Japanese grammar and usage, developing writing and conversational skills. I can explain the minutest nuances of Japanese grammar in plain English and ensure that you know how to use it correctly. Specifically for teaching kanji, I use my own method adapted from the Japanese national school curriculum for the needs of non-native speakers. It is built around continuously mindmapping kanji and their combinations to help students develop kanji usage, boost vocabulary, and understand how the Japanese language describes reality.
Utilising my international corporate and academic experience, I provide life-coaching advice on career and academic development. I have been through five different education systems myself and I am very attuned to the difficulties international students may have with dealing with the UK higher education. I provide tailor-made assistance for each individual students suiting their educational and cultural background.
I studied at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies on the Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship and have a university degree in teaching Japanese, Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and the JETRO Business Japanese certificate. I finished my MA and am completing my PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where I attended 24 courses in Social Sciences, History, Arts, Humanities, and Languages of East and Southeast Asia.
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 European Association of Social Anthropologists, the International Association for Asian Studies, the British Association for Japanese Studies, the British Association of MEXT Scholars, and the Japan Society of the UK.
BA (Hons) in Japanese Studies and Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
MA (Hons) in Pacific-Asian Studies (major in the Anthropology of Japan)
PhD Candidate in Japanese Studies/Anthropology (conducted ethnographic fieldwork with Japanese migrants in Bangkok)
Japanese Language Instruction:
I have taught Japanese for 25 years. I have successfully prepared numerous students for their GCSE's, A-levels, IB, JLPT, and university examinations. I help with Japanese school or university coursework or provide full-on individual preparation for Edexcel Japanese exam as an external student. I also teach adults for business and hobby purposes.
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. Building on my academic training as a social scientist of Japan and my 30 years of involvement with the country, I also give interactive media-enhanced talks on various aspects of Japanese culture, art, and society.
Translation and Interpreting:
I have been involved in 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, Laotian, Russian, Croatian, Dutch, Afrikaans, French, Spanish, and a few other languages. I make a habit out of picking up the fundamentals of the language when I go on my extended trips to various countries. "After the sixth language it's a cinch."
Consistency, Clarity, Flexibility:
My approach to teaching is flexible, yet consistent, and friendly, yet rigorous. I build my tutorials around a solid and clear objective-driven structure that we agree on with my student. 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 hand-picked variety of digital and print learning materials to suit my students' wishes, needs, and abilities in the most efficient way.
I am very proud of my professional ability to explain any aspect of Japanese grammar, no matter how small or obscure, 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 each kanji's stroke order, on and kun readings, meanings and jukugo combinations, reflecting when necessary their Classical Chinese origins and cognates in Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese; making sense of kanji by extensive mindmapping this complex multidimensional signal system.
Teaching Social Sciences:
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.
Upon request, I offer help with advanced level conversation and writing skills, pronunciation and diction.
|Languages||English (British), French, Japanese, Spanish|
|Availability||Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|SOAS||2011||Masters||MA Pacific-Asian Studies (Anthropology major)|
|Osaka Gaidai University/Irkutsk Linguistic Unviersity||1996||Bachelors||BA Japanese Studies|
|MEXT of Japan||1994||Professional||Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1|
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