I love language: I speak English, French, Japanese, and some Spanish and German. France is where I first started tutoring, when a new friend and I - Akira - taught each other our native languages using French to explain things. That led me to move to Kyoto where I studied and worked on organic farms for a year, and was lucky enough to befriend 3 awesome Frenchies and become even more fluent. In America, at DePaul University, I received a BA in English and French; I worked for the Writing Center and helped my peers edit (and sometimes start over) 1000s of formal essays, held round table discussions with foreign exchange students, and led one-on-one conversations with people looking to improve their English. When I was in France I worked at a day-care/farm combo and took care of young children while we nurtured the animals. So whether you're 5 and need help with your shapes, 17 with lit-analysis essays, or 55 and want to begin learning a language for the first time, I've got your back! Currently I work as a private tutor of Japanese, English, and French. I also lead a number of workshops and social events focusing on shamanism in and around Chicago.
Self-organized Co-Op of homeschool students - all insured - come together to learn from Doctors, EMTs, and experienced instructors. I taught Creative Writing to a class of 8 students ages 10 to 16, as well as an introductory Japanese course of 15 students ages 11 - 16. I will be teaching again during their coming session in the Fall.
Students from all faculties (Chemistry, English, Music) came to me and other tutors to receive advice on their writing. Sometimes it was full-on grammar workshopping and learning proper citation; equally though, I would help students reconsider their entire topic, find their writing voice, and in many cases, simply understand the strengths and places where their writing faltered. In our Loop Campus I was a team member on the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research. All of the foreign exchange students came here to learn formal English writing, to practice their conversational skills, and once a week we held cultural exchanges where we discussed American politics, pop culture, unspoken social rules, and considered those of our students' native countries.
Japanese Language Proficiency Test
・One is able to read and understand written materials with specific contents concerning everyday topics.
・One is also able to grasp summary information such as newspaper headlines.
・In addition, one is also able to read slightly difficult writings encountered in everyday situations and understand the main points of the content if some alternative phrases are available to aid one’s understanding.
・One is able to listen and comprehend coherent conversations in everyday situations, spoken at near-natural speed, and is generally able to follow their contents as well as grasp the relationships among the people involved.