I lived in Japan from January 1996 until May of 2010. This is my story!
Flew from Halifax to Osaka with a high school/university friend
Personally important events.
Shared an apartment in Yasu city in Shiga Prefecture with a couple from Australia. Company thought that Elana and I were a couple since we requested to travel together. They gave us one room between us!
Google Map of apartment
Ughh! I really hate these things.
A car would follow Lucy and/or Glenda home from the station almost every night. There was no aggressiveness shown or taunting or anything but this happened every night over a period of months. They reported it to the police but no follow up that they were aware of.
First wedding party with George. Wrong side of the taxi story!
She currently lives outside Tokyo with her husband Toshiya. We are in regular contact on FB.
A buddy who has become a lifelong friend. He currently lives in NY and works as a professional translator.
Saw Canada play the U.S. Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Steve Yzerman and more!
I lived in two different apartments during this time but they were only a 10 minute walk from each other. One was a 1 bedroom small place and the other was more like a house.
Met my lovely wife Aya at Universal Campus, Fushimi Branch
At home funeral. Cremation ceremony
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My wonderful son! Add pics
Notes that were important for me professionally.
A one week training period at Head Office and other campuses around the Kansai region
Traveled approximately 3 hours a day on the train to get to work because of a mix up with staffing. Taught 9 40 minute lessons a day
Nearly 6 weeks after arrival. Pay days are only once a month!
I worked mainly at the Kusatsu Branch of Toza
1. Started getting Japanese bonuses 2. Curriculum Developer 3. Trainer 4. Head of English Department
Wore many hats!
Advertised private lessons at my residence. Built a base of students.
How my thoughts on teaching have evolved.
Since my arrival in Japan this has been an constant part of my thinking. What combination of factors results in language acquisition? How do they differ from person to person? Factors such as age, time, effort, personality, experience, learning methodology, purpose, motivation, and innate talent.
At this stage I tried to soak up exactly what would be required of me to be a successful professional in Japan. Everything was turned on its head quickly
Based on the textbooks, the teaching philosophy at Toza and my own weaknesses I threw myself into learning the nuances of English grammar.
Frequent meetings with companies like Pearson, Longman and Oxford as well as Book Fairs, ESL professional development seminars as well as Kyoshin desire for textbook based lessons kept my focus on the textbook and a curriculum that fit the company's desired outcomes for students
A. Determine their purpose for studying
B. Determine the effort they are willing to put into their study.
C. Determine their history of self-study.
D. Develop Individual Program on whether English is a Hobby or Purposed for them.
E. Put them in a class based on their ability level and purpose.