Hello My name is Miyako Fujinawa.
I live in Nagaoka city in Niigata prefecture, which is famous for having "the best fireworks in Japan".
Through the process of teaching Japanese, I can get to meet various people from different countries, and find out some cultural differences and I find this very interesting. And since I don't get to travel often, one of the things that I look forward to is listening to everyone's stories and find myself feeling as though I have taken a trip to various places. I look forward to meeting you.
Japanese Teaching Style
What kinds of activities do you include in your online Japanese classes?
The JLPT N1 and N2 classes follow largely the same organizational process. We usually start each lesson with a word quiz, then introduce the lesson vocabulary and Kanji as well as 2 target grammar points. The test practice exercises follow the same format as the JLPT exam problems, but the conversation part of the lessons focus on how to use the target language practically in work situations such as giving presentations. So the lessons are different from mere test preparation classes. We also have essay writing practice using the grammatical phrases learned in the lesson. In the JLPT N1 lessons, we also have lessons that focus on words that have multiple meanings like, “hakaru” .
I usually introduce target topics or themes of conversation, for example, “The past and the present” or “Things we heard in the news recently” and follow up on the topic by explaining some useful phrases. Then we all discuss around the topic learning the practical and correct Japanese to is in the conversation.
We learn how to use vocabulary and phrases correctly while exchanging opinions on news gathered from the world wide web. In the lessons that include opinion exchanges, I usually allow students to take turns in taking the lead of the discussions and thereby practice how to be a moderator. Since everyone's countries and cultures are different, I also feel as though I am studying and learning something new with each class.
Please share your thoughts on teaching and learning Japanese.
The JOI teachers and staff are always considering how we can make learning fun without any fuss for the students. In the classes, please do not worry about making mistakes, try to talk about your everyday activities and things you like, etc; please talk about yourself. Getting used to conversation is one of the most important skills in language learning. Words are just tools for communication! I aim at creating classes in which we communicate with each other from the heart and while learning Japanese, we can feel close to people even though we are actually geographically far away.
Graduated from Hosei University, Literature department, Japanese culture specialty
Completed the 420-hour course for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language at Human Academy