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My name is Makiko who is a friendly native Japanese speaker. I was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. I also have lived in Hokkaido for 4 years and currently I live in Canada.
If I describe myself in three words, I would like to say I am a friendly, patient, passionate person. My students gave me feedback as I am very patient and friendly. I described myself as a passionate person because I always do my best in work and private life. I am passionate about teaching too!
I like to learn about different cultures and share Japanese culture with my students.
In my free time I like to snowshoeing, kayaking. I also enjoy cooking and baking too.
I have been involved in teaching and education for almost 12 years. I studied Japanese language teaching “how to teach Japanese language to non-Japanese native speakers“ for 2 years in Japan.
Since then I have been teaching Japanese language for more than 9 years. I have wide experience teaching ages from school age kids to retire people.
My lessons for adult students range from those who have never studied Japanese before, to those who are intermediate level students. I am offering lessons in Hiragana, Kanji and also Romanized characters, depending on the interest and level of students.
As with any effective language learning program, I use some basic, positive learning principles: I focus on real conversations, and encourage high student talking time, which is conducive to speech development and increased confidence.
I am aiming to make an atmosphere where students can talk easily and freely in lessons, and I have received favorable comment from my students about it.
In my lessons, I teach polite Japanese as well as street Japanese.
General conversation / Listening and Speaking / Reading / Writing / Grammar / Travel Japanese / Exam Preparation Skill
Examples of textbook that I have been using are
Genki I & II / Japanese for busy people I & II & III / Minna no nihongo I & II / Intermediate Japanese / Nihogo Break through / Nihongo through newspaper articles / Nihongo koredake and more
*I usually use textbooks that I recommend or that students request. Depending on students' levels and goals I use some materials from websites, books et cetera. which suit their levels along side a textbook. Also, with some students I use only materials from websites, books et cetera. If you have requests, please let me know in your trail lesson.
If students have time to study extra Japanese I give them homework each week. They can hand in it before the next scheduled lesson and I do correction and return it to them. Of course, I will give an explanation if there is a mistake.Homework supports the quicker improvement of my student's Japanese learning.
2. Flash cards
Studying takes time and needs effort, and every students is trying their best to achieve their goal. I hope all my students study Japanese language efficiently and reach their goal. I support my student sharing flash cards and quiz of new vocabulary that they studied in the lesson.
I continue to make progress and because of Maki San's encouragement, I am beginning to learn how to write in Japanese. I previously believed that it was further down the road for me but here I am. I am better for it:-)
Maki San always presents the material in a very thoughtful and organized manner. Over the short time I have been working with her, I can already see a dramatic improvement in my command of the language. She is the best!!!
Maki San is the best!! My lessons are engaging and challenging. I always feel encouraged and supported. Her instruction is most important to my development.
Maki Sensei is the best. Anyone that is serious about learning Japanese should definitely seek her out. I always look forward to her lessons as they are fun and engaging.