How to organise Japanese Lessons

  1. Communicate by email with people who enquired about my lesson. I want to learn about their aims in studying Japanese, their history of studying Japanese and their interest in Japan to make suitable lesson materials for their needs.   
  2. Have a trial lesson to check if my lessons are suitable for a possible new student. (I usually have lessons in London but I travel outside of London for special occasions.) It is important for me to see what kind of method is best for each student. Depending on the students` preferences, I use traditional methods or more creative methods such as Japanese songs or Manga. Students are welcome to give me their ideas for learning Japanese. 
  3. If a new student is happy with my teaching materials and my teaching, we make a brief plan for their course. We choose a textbook, self-study materials etc. Sometimes I introduce past GCSE and A-Level papers to them to help them access their progress in the Japanese language.
  4. Lesson review: It is important to assess how the study plan is working in practice and to adjust as necessary. 
  5. When the students finish their course, I give them my calligraphy certificate. I really like to see their smile.                                                               


Creativity is a key part of my approach to teaching and it was the focus of the dissertation for my MA in Education. This `Creativity Research Project` compared more creative with more traditional approaches to teaching Japanese using creative drawing and Manga and student feedback with Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 (aged from 11 to 14) students.The higher motivation and positive attitude towards acquiring the Japanese language using the creative methods increased their confidence and overall performance in the Japanese lesson. Creativity supports the students` enjoyment, learning outcome and future motivation.