Naoko Goto Araya

Naoko G.

Ithaca, NY
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Naoko delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 80

Teaching since:
January 2012

Hello! My name is Naoko, a native Japanese.
I moved to New York state in 2010 and have been teaching Japanese as a private tutor.
I really enjoy my work and the interaction with people from all over the world.
Japan has so many interesting little cultural quirks that foreign visitors tend to bombard their hosts with questions, like 'Why do you have to take your slippers off before entering a tatami room?' ' Why can't the Japanese say 'no' directly?' 'Why do people fill glass each other?'
The reason I became a Japanese teacher is to answer the all 'why' questions, to teach correct Japanese language and to spread real Japanese culture.
I am a friendly and enthusiastic teacher (a bit strict for correction though ) and teach local students everyday.
There are some Japanese children who try to catch up with Japanese school curriculum, there are some college students taking Japanese class at school, and there are business person who work with Japanese.
Now I am studying for the license of Japanese Traditional Culture and a Leader to acquire the qualification.
I make lesson plans for each student according to their needs, such as business conversation, practice for job interview, travel preparation, Keigo, JLPT exercise and intensive Japanese etc.
My lesson is full of originality according to your needs.
If you
・Need help with assignments or making resume or job interview
・Are having trouble with grammar or unknown idiomatic expression
・Have unknown Japanese expressions and proverbs
・Would like help improving your pronunciation
・Want to practice speaking Japanese fluently
・Want me to correct your Japanese strictly
I'll see your Japanese level and create the original lesson materials for the next lesson. I keep all lesson record to see your progress.
Specially I focus on speaking skill with correct pronounce but surely adopt in every fields of grammar, listening, reading and making composition as well.

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Private Japanese Teacher
Jan 2012 - Present
Ithaca Online

Private tutoring to beginner-advanced level students in local area.


B.A. Humanities English and American Literature
Apr 1996 - Mar 2000
University of Matsuyama


Professional Proficiency


The Advanced Japanese Teaching Traning Course
Jan 2013
The World Japanese Language Centre

Japan Ministry of Education Secretarial Skill Proficiency Test 2nd Grade
Apr 2006
Japan Ministry of Education

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2 Reviews

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Jody Mar 13, 2018
Japanese · Online

I am so happy that I am able to continue my Japanese language study with Naoko. She is always happy and helpful, answering all of my questions and giving me the right amount of push to continue learning, and the right amount of support so I don't get frustrated. I recommend her to anyone looking for a native Japanese speaker who wants to take their learning to the next level.

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Nick Mar 7, 2018
Japanese ·

Naoko-san has been a great teacher. In my experience, she is very devoted to helping her students. She is very helpful with answering questions about Japanese language and culture. She covers grammar, penmanship, pronunciation, conversation, culture, and more and truly seems to enjoy teaching. She is always happy to help me with anything I need instruction with regarding Japanese. Her lessons do a good job of introducing grammar and vocabulary, and she is very patient and helpful when her students have trouble with pronunciation or grammar. I am very thankful to have found a teacher as great as Naoko-san. ありがとうございます、先生!

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