Mary Margaret Gilliam
New York, NY
Mary Margaret Gilliam

Mary Margaret G.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Konnichiwa! Since returning to the U.S. from Japan last year, I have been tutoring Japanese to young adults. I lived for almost nine years in Japan where I worked in a private school teaching English literature and ESL. I used Japanese daily in staff meetings and in writing reports and e-mails. My experience learning Japanese is unique in that I am self-taught (though I had many mentors). I have passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N2, and speak to my son in Japanese as well. I am a recent graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University. I look forward to aiding in your learning process.

About Mary Margaret G.

Hello! It's nice to meet you. My name is Mary Margaret and I am using "take lessons" as a platform to teach Japanese and ESL. Since high school, I have relished in teaching others. I began as a dance teacher with my local studio and taught through university. After university, I travelled to Japan with the JET program to teach ESL to pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school children. I stayed with the JET Program for four years in a remote area, then moved near Tokyo to work at a private junior-high/high school.

In addition to being an ESL and English literature teacher, I was appointed as a homeroom teacher which required advanced knowledge of Japanese speaking, listening, reading, and writing. I am unique in that I learned Japanese on my own upon my arrival in Japan, and I have many stories to tell about how I remembered vocabulary and grammar. I used these techniques in my daily lesson plans with my students.

I approach private lessons with the understanding that students differ in their levels of motivation, learned vocabulary, and learning ability. I am flexible and will work with you to create the most efficient lessons possible. I look forward to working with you either teaching Japanese or ESL.

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

Thank you!

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