Emi Schuster

Emi S.

Austin, TX

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

We can focus on all four skills; speaking, listening, reading, and writing, but if a student would like to focus on only speaking, we can certainly do that as well. We also talk about cultural aspects of Japan and cover the vocabularies related to the cultural aspects.

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Emi teaches



Emi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 15+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello, my name is Emi. I was born in Nagano prefecture and raised in Saitama prefecture. After graduating from college in Tokyo, I moved to the U.S. and have been teaching Japanese at public middle schools as well as colleges for almost 30 years. My hobbies are practicing musical instruments and traveling. Especially, I love drumming with Japanese Taiko drum and Brazilian Samba drum. Additionally, I have been organizing summer trips and taking people who are interested in Japanese culture to Tokyo and other cities during summer for the last 10 years.

I have done the background check through AISD public school system, as well as updating through Sently Link in June 2019.


Aug 2004 - Present
Austin Independent School District

Middle Schools

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2003 - Present
Austin Community College District

Trip Organizer
Jun 2008 - Aug 2017

I planned and took students who were interested in learning Japanese language and culture to Tokyo, Saitama, and other cities. I plan to take students again in 2020.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2015
Middle Schools

I was a mentor for the English teachers who were sent by Ministry of Education in Japan.


Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction
Aug 2012 - Dec 2014
Concordia University
Master of Arts degree in Japanese Pedagogy
May 1999 - May 2002
Columbia University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Texas State Teacher Certification in Japanese language & ESL
Jan 2004
Texas State

Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Secondary School level)
Mar 1989
Ministry of Education in Japan


The Eloise Roach Award
Mar 2007

Photos & Videos

Photo by Emi S.

Photo by Emi S.

Photo by Emi S.


5 Reviews

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Russell Mar 21, 2019
Japanese · In studio

Sensei seems to really enjoy teaching. As both a native speaker and a longtime resident of the US, she is able to bridge the cultures in a way that many instructors would not be able to. I have been studying with her for over six months - both in a private and college setting - and I feel that I would be hard pressed to find a better teacher. In a college setting, she is very strict and covers a lot of material in a short period of time, and those who take her courses must be prepared to expend significant time and energy for success, but those who can keep up are well equipped to continue their studies with pretty much any other teacher or course.

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Chris Feb 3, 2019
Japanese · In studio

Sensei Emi was patient, kind, and very thorough with her teaching. I started from knowing absolutely nothing about Japanese language or culture and now, having completed just 5 hours of lessons with her, I feel I have a solid foundation to build upon. Within our 5 hours we covered numbers, greetings, and almost all of the 46 basic hiragana. She was born and raised in Japan so it was lovely hearing about the culture and society from stories she lived through first hand. As I continue my education in Japanese I hope to return to her and continue to learn more. I highly recommend her as a teacher to anyone learning Japanese at any level.

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Anderson Jan 16, 2019
Japanese · In home

Emi is the second private tutor that my company has had and she by far has been the best, hands-down. She is professional and experienced but she is also flexible with scheduling which is a necessity for business professionals who travel quite a bit for work.
The homework is not strenuous but is focused and important for success in her lessons. She also teaches at a nice pace but also is willing to work with you if you feel that you are falling behind. You can absolutely tell that Emi cares about her students and their progression with the language no matter their age and experience.

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Graciela Jan 13, 2019
Japanese · In studio

I have been taking private Japanese classes with Emi S. for one year and a half. Before I started she asked me whether I wanted to focus on just the conversational side of Japanese or the complete knowledge of the language including kanji. For me it was all.

She is proud of her heritage and enjoys talking about Japan and her culture, which makes the class even more enjoyable. She is dedicated, enthusiastic and organized.

I am sure that with her help I will be able to meet my goal of one day passing the JLTP N1.

I recommend her for classes of any level.

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Brian Jan 12, 2019
Japanese · In studio

A delight to learn from. My wife stayed for several months studying in Japan so her Japanese is way more advanced than mine. Yet our shared lessons are still possible since Ms S tailors the lessons on the fly to accommodate our different skill levels. I also appreciate her giving us background info on her culture when it dovetails with our lesson.

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