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Hello, my name is Kana Toda Pierce. Call me "Toda-Sensei" since Toda is my maiden name in Japan. I'm 40 years old. I currently live in Rochester, NY. I’m native Japanese, born and raised in Japan, with Japanese nationality, and I am a legal US Resident. I moved here from Japan and started living in the USA since October, 2013.
I have an American husband who used to be the Navy Chief, one dog "Olive", and two cats “Cha” and “Ruby”.
My husband and I plant so many kinds of vegetables, fruits and flowers every spring. You can never imagine how abundant our harvest is every fall!!! Yes, we are very fortunate to be able to eat what we plant and to be able to appreciate the beauty of nature at home!
Welcome, dog-lovers, cats-lovers and nature-lovers!
I’m sure we can be great friends, through learning Japanese language and exchanging our cultures with each other :) I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!
I graduated from Columbia University in May, 2019 (Summer Japanese Pedagogy Masters of Arts program). In 2003, I acquired the Bachelor of Arts Degree at Dept. of Literature of Meiji University (Tokyo, JAPAN).
Since I completed the Elementary, Intermediate and Advance Japanese Pedagogy and acquired the certificate of those courses in 2016-2017, I have the knowledge and skill for teaching Japanese language to Japanese learners.
I currently teach Japanese at Rochester Institute of Technology (started in 2016). So far, I've taught Beginning Japanese 1 and 2 there. Also, I’ve taught English to Japanese junior and senior high school students for eight years. Not only did I teach English but I was also engaged with a variety of other academic and nonacademic work such as managing assigned homeroom classes, and processing students’ grades, supporting their future courses, and keeping contact with their parents. I was also in charge of the student council, the volunteering club, an English study abroad group in Canada for a month, and taking care of International students, etc... From these experiences, I’m very confident of having a good relationship with students.
I have other career background before I became an English teacher. I used to work in the Sales and Retail Administration Department selling cable TV service, including phone and Internet for three years. After that, I worked as an International Trade Administrator for one year. From these experiences, I learned to deal with customers and clients both inside and outside of Japan as well.
Besides my teaching career, I also work as an online translator, translating Japanese articles to English. There, I share my proud Japanese culture, including “manga,” or ”anime” with the world. My dream is to convey our wonderful Japanese culture to people all over the world by teaching the Japanese language. To make this dream come true, I would like to connect with as many Japanese learners around the world as possible online.
Here are the credits that I have earned so far at Columbia University.
Elementary, Intermediate/Advance Japanese Pedagogy
9 M.A. Courses
Teaching Japanese through Literature
Second Language Acquisition Theory
History of Japanese Language
Technology in Japanese Teaching
In Elementary Japanese Pedagogy class, I demonstrated three Peer Teaching Lessons based on the textbook “Genki”, which is an integrated course in elementary Japanese. Therefore, I can teach Japanese through this textbook for the beginners. In Intermediate/Advance Japanese Pedagogy class, besides demonstrating lessons on the textbook "Tobira", I also made a presentation regarding a curriculum as well as some detailed class contents.
I think it is better to teach Japanese language, according to each learner’s needs and objectives. Therefore, I will teach in a different way, depending on what each learner wants to learn, making use of all the skills and knowledge I have acquired at Columbia University. Of course I can have conversations in various situations if that’s what the learner would like to do.
Most importantly, I really want each learner to enjoy learning Japanese online!
Let's have fun together :D