I believe in a student focussed approach to tutoring and spending some time to learn how the students want to learn. There is no correct way to learning a language and I believe that language learning can be a highly personal experience. For this reason, I consider it is crucial that I, as a tutor, understand the goals of the student, their learning process and also their personality. Only once the student is comfortable and confident to learn with me will they make strong progress.
Similarly, I modify the teaching focus/methods depending on the goal. For example, if a student plans to move to a foreign country in the near future then a speaking focused approach may be appropriate to ensure a smooth transition to life in a new country. On the other hand, if the goal is to pass a professional/educational exam, then a more traditional grammar focused approach may be best. These are issues that I discuss with the student in the early stages to ensure the best use of the student's time.
I have taught at various levels ranging from secondary school to undergraduate studies. During my PhD studies, I continued to tutor Japanese and Russian privately in London for several years.
I have taught students with various goals such as personal development, a move to a foreign country or working towards an educational/professional qualification inclusive of GCSE, A-Level, IB and BA.
My name is Simon and I am presently working in scientific publishing. I hold a PhD and MA in Japanese Media and Cultural Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. I also hold a BA in Japanese and Russian from the University of Leeds.
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