I have taught Japanese and ESL for over 20 years in both Japan and Australia. For the last five years I have been at a K to 12 school teaching primary students.
I have made a huge amount of material in the last few years as I felt there was a need for more humorous, silly and fun material to motivate this age group. I always add movements and dance to my songs and know that it is a great way for kids to learn. I also have a predominantly paperless classroom because I believe in our limited specialist lesson times the best use of time is active, engaged use of spoken language. Also, parents appreciate what we do more when children go home using the language.
Exemplary Teaching Award from Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland 2013
BA Dip Ed Japanese and ESL 1994 Masters in Education 2003
I have two children who were born in Japan, where I lived and worked for 12 years. We have all settled in Australia now but usually go back to our second home every year.