Shinobu was born in Aichi prefecture, Japan and came to Canada in 1997, where she is currently living on Salt Spring Island on the west coast of Canada. She graduated in Japanese Literature and minored in Education from the University of Aichi in Japan. Recently she updated her studies and took "The 420 hours Advanced Skills of Teaching Japanese Language Course" by ARC Academy Tokyo, Japan.
She has worked as a cultural instructor for the Japanese Consulate in Edmonton AB, Canada. She has been a private tutor for over 10 years and is currently instructing Japanese Level 1 & 2, and Japanese culture (Haiku, food and Japanese Calligraphy) at PARC (Park & Recreation) program on Salt Spring Island BC. She has also taught privately Japanese 10, 11 and 12 for local high-school students.
Her students are diverse with a wide range of ages and levels.
I have a Japanese teaching licence in Japan and I am trained for teaching Elementary school up to:
* Preparation for students who are going to Japan as exchange students.
* The public school system curriculum Japanese grade 5 to 12.
* College/University course Japanese 101, 102, 103, 104 and advanced.
* Support for homeschool, and independent study or corresponded.
* Preparing people who are doing business in Japan (Language and Culture)
She has studied Japanese Calligraphy from age of 5 years old and plays trumpet with the Salt Spring Concert Band and Swing Shift Big Band.
My lessons will be arranged and based on what students objectives are. I will work with students on their goals and their achievements.
I am good with beginners and will introduce to them easy and fun ways to study Japanese and they will never feel overwhelmed. Japanese writing is a challenge. I will use the alphabet (Romaji) and teach Japanese pronunciation first before we learn how to write in Japanese.
I am familiar with printed textbooks, such as Japanese for Young People,
Japanese for Busy People, Genki, Learn Japanese College Text etc. If the student has studied Japanese with textbooks, I will follow up and review with them.
For advanced students or business persons, I will advise on specific ways to step up to the next level and focus on their individual needs.
I believe that language is attached to culture, so I will also introduce Japanese culture during my lessons.
Courses I teach
I teach all ages.
Teaching Japanese as a second language since 2006.
I speak a total of 2 languages: Japanese (Native), English (Advanced).
I've visited or lived in the following countries: Japan, Canada, USA, Mexico
I teach Japanese to help you...
Speak with native Japanese speakers wherever you meet them.
Get fully prepared for your Japanese exam
Develop yourself and open up new opportunities in your life.
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