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Survey from students. 気持ちがあふれる!

みなさん、

こんばんは。疲れました。N2文法を教えました。難しかったです。10つだったのに、説明や文法の違いや覚えやすい仕方は2時間かかりました。

For me, i always believe that feedback from students will help me to improve my lessons. I usually conduct a survey every 4-6 months to check if my students are able to grasp the lesson material presented, as well as the quality of my teaching.

A survey was done among 8 different classes (1 Pre-advanced class, Conversation class, 4 beginner classes , 1 intermediate class). 29 students participated in the survey.

Some questions and results that I’ll like to share. I am also proud of some of my students when native Japanese praised them for having a solid foundation in Japanese grammar, able to speak accurately and well.

Question 1: Sensei is stimulating and interesting to listen to.

9 students said Strongly Agree and 20 students said Agree.

Question 2: Materials were well presented

9 students said Strongly Agree and 20 students said Agree.

Question 3: Sensei seems to understand the subject matter

14 students said Strongly Agree and 15 students said Agree.

Question 4: Sensei encourages class participation

15 students said Strongly Agree and 13 students said Agree.

Question 5: The class was taught at a good pace

5 students said Strongly Agree, 18 students said Agree, 4 students said Disagree, 2 students said Strongly Disagree.

Question 6: Outstanding features of this teacher’s teaching/Grammar that you are currently facing problems with

-Going beyond the extra miles, eg. sharing his books on particular subject when students r interested in or having doubts, organizing activities outside of class to foster bonding & building friendships; karaoke, bbq etc

-What differentiates Sensei’s teaching is his ability to make the course interesting with his experience of the Japanese culture, and his engaging style of teaching. Despite having gone through most of the grammar before, I still learn a lot from his lessons (about the Japanese culture and the subtle differences between different grammar/word choices). His approachable demeanour makes it easy to voice out and clear any doubts as well.

-Pronunciation of the words n remembering those vocabs n grammars

-Gets to learn vocabulary and Kanji that are beyond N5 level.
My note: In my beginner class, you might get to learn vocabulary from advanced levels as well.

-Active correction of mistakes made

-Sensei cares more about each and every individual students’ performance in terms of written, spoken and understanding more than those teachers teaching in schools. Detailed notes were prepared not only about the usual Japanese that were tested but also consists of dialects and culture which makes the low fee for each lesson totally worth the money. By covering stuff that are outside the textbooks, I find students would be better prepared when facing real life situations. Besides the usual notes, creative teaching materials such as music and dramas makes learning a much enjoyable experience than facing textbooks everyday.

クラスの皆さん、ありがとう!明日もがんばろう!

帰る?カエルの王女さま?浪漫飛行?

皆さん、

こんにちは。皆さんは「浪漫飛行」を聞いたことがありますか?

この歌は結構有名で、いい歌です。

時間があれば、「カエルの王女さま」も見てください。いいミュージカルドラマです。

私が好きな女優、天海祐希は主人公です。 (^_^)

彼女のドラマではよく面白い言葉が出ます。

主題歌: Shine
歌手: 家入レオ

Song Translation Class

Have you ever though of how good it would be to really understand Japanese songs in their real meaning, rather than translated meanings from subs?

Due to popular demand, the class will be starting Aug 6th 2012 (Mon)

Fees: $300 for 10 lessons.
Class size: 4 students
Pre-requisite: No knowledge of Japanese required. Need a laptop/netbook that can last at least 1 hour
Free Trial lesson & early bird discount available.

For more details on the course, please click here

会話の能力アップ1:歌を歌いましょう (Raising your level of conversation: Let’s sing)

皆さん、
こんばんは。今日は会話の能力をアップするポイントを教えたいと思います。
私にとって、歌は人と人の会話だと思います。
20-30回ぐらい歌を歌ってみて、1年間ぐらい練習すれば、会話が上手になります。
私はこうやって練習してきました。自分の会話力は得意だと言えませんが、ビジネス上で通じます。また日本人に敬語が上手だと言われて私の誇りです。。

今日の歌は高杉さと美さんの百恋歌です。歌ってみてください。
よい週末を~
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Good evening everyone,

Today i’ll like to tell you about some points on how you can raise your level of conversation.
To me, songs are conversations between people.
Try to sing 20-30 times, if you practise for 1 year, you will become good in your conversation.
This was how i came to practise.I can’t say that my conversation skills are good, but during business situations, i can communicate.
And to be told by Japanese that my Keigo is good, it’s my pride.

Today’s song is Takasugi Satomi’s Hyakurenka (The song of hundred loves). Do try to sing it.
Have a good weekend!
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