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ISI Faculty Interviews Vol.2

Better Adapt to Japanese Society

Hello, everyone. Welcome to our school blog!
Every month, we send the latest information about ISI Japanese Language School and study abroad support information from ISI Education Center. ISI Faculty Interview series introduce the visions and values of our faculty members. This time, we have interviewed the faculty member of ISI Language School, Manami Sekine sensei.

Q: When did you become a Japanese teacher?
I have majored in the Japanese Teacher Training Course at university.
I started my career as a Japanese teacher after graduation.
It’s been 15 years since then.

Q: Can you tell us about your current task?
Currently, I am in charge of 3 classes as a homeroom teacher, and two classes as a vice homeroom teacher. I am teaching Japanese for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level classes. Also, I am planning for the curriculum for the Graduate School Preparation Class, and the University/College orientation sessions.

Q: How do you teach Japanese in class?
In Japanese language schools, we usually use the direct method for teaching Japanese.
This method does not use the learner’s native language, only the target language when teaching a foreign language.

So from beginner level to advanced level, we teach using only Japanese.
This makes it hard for students in the beginner level, since their language is limited.
So for beginners, I try to use a lot of pictures and photos in class, as well as gestures and movements.

I remember, my professor told me that “Japanese teachers must behave like an actress”.
Sometimes, I will use exaggerated expressions or act in class to explain the circumstances. As a Japanese teacher, I think it is important to provide a fun learning environment, and motivate the students to feel that they want to come to Japanese classes.

Also, I have strong motivation to help international students better adapt to the Japanese society. This is why I sometimes introduce news and current affairs, things that are popular in Japan, favorite travel destinations, and other bits of knowledge in intermediate and advanced classes. I hope students will not only be able to learn the Japanese language, but also Japanese cultures, values, and a variety of knowledge to better adapt to Japanese society.

Q: What kind of advice do you provide as career guidance?
To help the students decide about schools and majors, I keep asking “why” when giving career guidance. Giving time for students to think carefully and make choices for themselves is important. I suggest they visit more than one campus when schools offer open campus. This is a valuable opportunity for students to talk to teachers and current students to learn as much as possible about the schools. It is a great advantage when making decisions about whether the school is suitable for them. So I encourage them to actively participate in these events.

Q: Finally, Please leave a message for international students.
Though it is important to study hard, don’t forget to enjoy your student life in Japan.
Besides learning Japanese, please experience and gain deeper insights
into Japanese culture.

Thank you for your valuable opinions!
(Coverage: ISI Japanese Language School Education Center)

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