Faculty Members – Chie Suzuki

Chie Suzuki

Takadanobaba Campus
Japanese Teacher

When and why did you decide to become a Japanese teacher?
It was around 2010. I was thinking about changing jobs and I wanted to do something that would make me active in Japan and abroad so I decided to become a Japanese teacher.
Could you please tell me about the contents of your lessons?
I teach all levels from beginner to advance.
What is the fun part and the difficult part of teaching Japanese?
It makes me happy the first time I see the students using sentence patterns introduced in class or when I hear they have passed job interviews or advanced exams in Japan.
The difficult part is when a confused expression appears in the student's face when teaching new grammar. Even if I change my way of explaining it, I realize that is hard to teach Japanese in Japanese.
What is the most important thing for you when being in contact with students?
I try to be cheerful and have a smile always in my face so students can think I'm friendly.
I try to "scold" but not to get "angry" at them, but sometimes is difficult.
What can you find in ISI that you won't find in other Japanese schools?
The multinationality.
What do you think is the most important thing when international students study Japanese?
I think it is important to like the Japanese culture, like manga and anime.
There are also the so-called anime and game otakus in ISI but, since I am in touch with a lot of Japanese, I really know the language. I also teach young people's words and net slang. Every day I feel that is true "to be fond of what you like".
What kind of students you want to be enrolled?
Students who wish to positively experience Japanese language and culture.
Finally, a few words for the future students.
Just by studying abroad your world won't spread. I think that a new world can be opened by studying abroad and accepting the people and the countries you meet. Please, enjoy positively new encounters and discoveries.