Ithaca, NY, 14853
Joined on September, 2013
Weekdays after 5PM
Up to 15 minutes away for no additional charge
EducationJames Madison University, B.S. Geology.
ExperienceI am a native Japanese speaker, born and raised in Japan. After moving to the U.S. to attend college, I worked for a couple of U.S companies before I came to work for Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, as a staff member. I have lived in both Japan and the U.S. throughout my adult life, and as a tutor, I've enjoyed being like a bridge between the two countries to help people learn the language and the culture.
My tutoring sessions are usually held on the Cornell University campus or at coffee shops in Ithaca. I also provide interactive online lessons using Skype. My services include: spoken and written language lessons; school work supplement for high school- and college-level courses; and cultural and travel preparations. Over the years I've used different books to teach, and I've found that the following books have worked well for my students:
- Youths (Ages 10 - 17): Japanese for Young People; Japanese from Zero
- College Students: Genki; Elementary Japanese
- Adults: Japanese for Busy People
- For the intermediate Japanese learners: Japanese Tutor - Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook.
- I can also get the textbooks that the students use at their classrooms.
I use different books for the different age groups mainly because of the Japanese cultural expectations to use appropriate expressions based on the different settings (i.e. schools, business, formal and casual.)
I offer a free initial interview session to see how I can best customize my lessons for each student. We can decide which material would be appropriate for the individual students at the initial interview session. (Please note that the students are responsible for providing their own materials.)
I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested or have any questions. Thank you.
Additional Services include:
• School work supplement tutoring,
• Homeschool supplement (ages 10 and up),
• Cultural and travel preparations,
• Translation and interpretation services.
HobbiesI enjoy playing guitar, windsurfing, skating, skiing, and staying active throughout the year. I also enjoy cooking good Japanese foods and desserts.
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