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Sara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 5+, males 5 to 40 and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2010

Hello, everyone! My name is Sara. I graduated from Wittenberg University in the fall of 2009 and the following spring I moved to Japan to begin teaching English to school students there. In the spring of 2018, I moved back to the States to be closer to my family, but, my desire to continue teaching English to non-native speakers has not changed.

I love watching my students gain confidence as they try out new things they learned, but I especially like it when students get absorbed in trying to explain something and forget that they are studying a new language! I believe accuracy and building up vocabulary and grammar and very important when learning a new language, but I also emphasize being able to communicate with another person - even if there are some mistakes mixed in. Language is what we use for communication, so even if you have a great understanding of grammar and have memorized a lot of vocabulary, you still need to learn how to communicate your thoughts and ideas in a way others can comprehend. I hope we can work on this together.

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Experience

English Teacher
Sep 2014 - Mar 2018
Millers English School

Taught English in private, small group, and large classroom settings. Created 2-year curriculum for Pre-K students using materials provided by the school.

Assistant Language Teacher
May 2010 - Aug 2014
Altia Central

Taught English at elementary and junior public high schools.

Staff/Instructor
Jun 2010 - Mar 2011
My English Room

Facilitated English conversation between customers of various English levels while also preparing and serving food and drinks.

Camp Counselor
Jul 2009 - Aug 2009
Concordia Language Villages

Taught Japanese language and culture to American children aged 8 to 18 in a full language immersion setting.

Education

East Asian Studies & Japanese Language
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Wittenberg University

Languages

Japanese
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2
Dec 2011
The Japan Foundation & Japan Educational Exchanges and Services

Certificate in TESOL
Feb 2010
Columbia English Institute

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