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Jessica offers a discount of 25% on their first / introductory lesson!
English (Foreign Language)
BA Japanese (Double First Class) University of Cambridge, 2014
MA Musical Theatre (Distinction) Royal Academy of Music, 2016
LRAM Teaching Qualification
JLPT Level 1
Best Actress Nominee, Stage Debut Awards 2017
I have worked as a private tutor for 6 years in the UK and Japan, teaching a wide variety of subjects to children and adults aged 4-50s, one-on-on and in groups. As a professional actor, I offer a unique, dynamic approach to tutoring. When desired, I can combine elements of self-confidence / public speaking training into my language and drama classes. I have worked with business professionals, actors, sportspeople, students and entrepreneurs to help them develop their language skills alongside their confidence.
Between 2013-15 lived in Japan for 18 months, whilst studying Japanese at Doshisha University and then later volunteering on rural farms across the country. I hold a BA degree from the University of Cambridge and an MA from the Royal Academy of Music. I have both stage and screen experience as a professional actor (Royal Lyceum Theatre, CBBC) and run drama and self-confidence workshops for children and young adults in London and Cambridge.
I offer face-to-face and online teaching, and normally am happy to travel to the student.
I have worked as a private tutor for 6 years, both with private students and through a number of tutoring companies (UK-based and Japan-based). I offer face to face and online teaching, and run masterclasses for individuals and groups.
Through tutoring companies I have taught Japanese, EFL, Oxbridge Entry, 4-plus, 7-plus, Musical Theatre and Drama lessons. I have worked with children as young as 3 in formal tutoring settings (4-plus examinations / EFL) and have even greater experience working part-time in childcare centres, supporting children from just a few months old.
I have worked with language students of all levels, from beginners and casual learners, to degree-level learners. I am highly adaptable in my approach to tutoring and believe that there is no one-style-fits-all way to learn. I write thorough and detailed lesson materials for all individual students, regardless of subject, catering to their current abilities and future goals.
I offer Japanese classes to students of all levels, from beginner to degree level learners. I have coached students of Japanese through degree level exams and every level of the JLPT qualifications. 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.
Japanese can be a challenge to master, and most of the textbooks on the market skip over the intricacies of the language. Whilst I am very familiar with Genki and Minna no Nihongo, I have spent the past few years compiling my own lesson materials and can therefore tailor my lessons to my students' goals and current abilities, supplementing or replacing the traditional textbooks.
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.
DRAMA / MUSICAL THEATRE
I am a professional actor, working on stage and screen, and offer group and individual drama and singing training. I studied Musical Theatre and Singing teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, and I hold an LRAM teaching qualification. I offer Musical Theatre training for students of any level, specialising in sessions on Acting through Song. If you need particular support before an audition or drama school application, I can offer an intense set of sessions to help you through the process. I also hold grade 8 LAMDA Speech and Drama, and can tutor students taking Speech and Drama and public speaking exams. In September 2017, I was nominated for Best Actress at The Stage Debut Awards for my role as Alice in Anthony Neilson's Alice in Wonderland (2016).
I am Resident Drama Coach for the Keio Japanese Summer School which runs each year at Downing College Cambridge, running Drama and Creativity workshops for groups of 25-35 students at a time. I have 9 years` experience helping lead Drama workshops at summer schools, middle schools, universities and childcare centres in the UK and Japan for British, Spanish, French and Japanese students.
I hold a LAMDA Grade 8 Public Speaking and Drama qualification and offer LAMDA classes for students.
I have over 15 years' experience working with children, having grown up in a house that doubled as a childcare centre. I have supported children as young as 3 and 4 in learning English as a Foreign Language, and in practising for 4-plus entrance tests. At this age, all experiences can be an opportunity for children to learn, if they are presented in the right way. It is essential to connect with young children as individuals, finding out their unique likes, dislikes, interests and skills, in order to discover the best way for them to stay excited about all the things there are to learn in this world.
SELF CONFIDENCE AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
I offer Self Confidence workshops for groups of any number (private 1 on 1 sessions also available). These are tailor made, and can emphasise any combination of audition and interview skills, body confidence and/or strengthening personal intuition.
Having successfully applied to Cambridge University, and coached several other students through the application and interview process, I offer advice, personal statement focused sessions and mock interview sessions for prospective Oxbridge applicants. Some of the students with the best grades and prospects may struggle to gain a place at Cambridge or Oxford unless they understand the ethos behind the schools: an emphasis on individuality, independence and creativity.
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Additional Languages: French, Japanese
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Royal Academy of Music (2016) - Studying: 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)