While my primary focus is on English learning and linguistics, I also have a background in theatre, so I often like to use dramatic activities in my classroom.
In most of my classes, I often include individual speeches, group conversations, presentations, dramatic role-playing, and video projects. Because my students will often be asked to work in groups, teamwork and class participation is very important. If students bring creativity, effort, and mutual respect to my classes, everyone will be able to succeed and learn. As an English teacher, my teaching philosophy is based on three words, excite, engage, and empower. First, I want my students to be excited about English, so I try to use exciting sources of English including YouTube, TED Talks, music, dramatic activities, and interactive language games. In addition, I also hope to engage students in discussions about interesting topics.Being a member of the 21st Century requires that students join the global conversation and share their opinions. Students must be able to engage in my classroom and the world around them. Third, I want students to feel that English is a tool that anyone from any country can use. English doesn’t belong to the U.S. or the U.K., Australia, Canada, etc.; it belongs to everyone. I want my students to take ownership of English, to understand that mistakes are necessary for learning, and to feel empowered to use English in any situation.
I love small, picturesque streams or rivers. I never pass up a chance to go canoeing or kayaking along any of Japan’s beautiful waterways. I don’t have many chances these days, but I’m always looking for a new adventure on or near the water.