Could you tell me why you became a Japanese teacher?
When I was a university student, I participated in a program that introduced Japanese culture to Indonesia. The more I learned the Indonesian language, the better I got to know the local people, the more I learned about Indonesia, and the fun of learning the language. I wanted to convey the fun of learning a language through becoming a Japanese teacher.
Please tell us about the joy and pleasure of teaching Japanese?
Teaching Japanese is also learning. When I was teaching Kanji before, a student asked me, "Why do you use a Kanji means Cutting for talking about being kind?" I was surprised by a perspective I had never thought of before, and I realized that I still have many things I do not know. Teachers also study with students daily.
Please let us know what are the advantages of online classes, and your advices for maximizing student's Japanese ability while taking online classes.
In online classes, you can feel the culture of the other country through the screen. Please enjoy the fun of communicating with the people of the world through Japanese. Recently, I made time to share what I got with the story of "Please bring what I got from my friend." This is an opportunity for students to learn about the culture of each country. Please participate actively and make a lot of comments. I think the key to improving your Japanese is to want to know more about other people.
What are your thoughts and efforts in online lessons (differ with face-to-face lessons)?
We strive to listen to each and every student. Unlike face-to-face, it is difficult to get the student's reaction, and it's also difficult to know whether they really understand or not. I listen carefully to what students say, and pay attention to any of their wonderment or confusion. We are also working to create a warm atmosphere where you can say "I don't understand" during class.
Please let us know if you have any unexpected happenings during the online class.
There were some happenings such as delivery of courier to the student's house, loud noise of ambulance, cat on the screen, etc. Although we are free to move, we are working hard so that we can concentrate on the lesson as much as possible.
Lastly, please give a message to those who are thinking or will be taking online classes.
This is an opportunity to connect with people from all over the world, even you're in your home country. Even you can't meet your classmates directly but everyone is really friendly. Let's meet fellows with the same desire to learn Japanese and enjoy the fun of communicating with people all over the world through Japanese!