Faculty Members – Mayo Oma

Mayo Oma

Takadanobaba Campus
Japanese Teacher

Could you tell me why you became a Japanese teacher?
It started with an American teacher (ALT) I met in junior high school. When I met that teacher, I learned the joy of being able to communicate with other people and the learning about foreign cultures. I decided to become a Japanese language teacher because I wanted to help students as a teacher in the same way.
Please tell us about the joy and pleasure of teaching Japanese?
I find it rewarding to be able to help students who are working hard to achieve their goals. I am very happy when a student succeeds in their school of choice.
Please let us know what are the advantages of online classes, and your advices for maximizing student's Japanese ability while taking online classes.
The best thing about online classes is that you can take classes in your own country or at home. In addition, the key to developing your Japanese language skills to the maximum extent possible is to avoid temptation and concentrate on your lessons. I think it’s important to not just listen to the class or answer the questions, but thinking about the reasoning behind the answers.
What are your thoughts and efforts in online lessons (differ with face-to-face lessons)?
I try to give every student the opportunity to speak. My goal is to create an environment where they can talk a lot in online classes by incorporating paired conversations and group work.
Please let us know if you have any unexpected happenings during the online class.
There were no special incidents, but sometimes it happens that when I call a student’s name, another student answers because they could not hear the name correctly. For example, "Han" and "Kan" seem to sound very similar.
Lastly, please give a message to those who are thinking or will be taking online classes.
Online classes are a great way to learn as long as you have an internet connection. I look forward to having lessons with you all. Let's work together to make your dreams come true!