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English, Japanese Teacher & Tutor: Alia L.

Private lessons, classes in Los Angeles, California, United States or online via telephone, email.

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 Profile of Alia L. Date: July 7, 2012 
The Basics
Name: Alia L.
Feedback rating: No student feedback
Self-study lessons: No online lessons
Language(s) to teach:
(N) English

(N) = Also native language of teacher.
City: Los Angeles
State, province or region: California
Country: United States
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Lessons delivery:
  • Live in person
  • Telephone
  • Email
    Program Summary
    Class sizes available:
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 students
  • Student proficiency levels:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Facets available:
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Study Abroad

    Teaching Approach

    I believe it is important for students to have a basic understanding of a language's fundamental grammar, pronunciation , written form, and the differences between the target language and the student's native language first and foremost. When I teach Japanese to beginners, I start with the basic properties of the language before going into sentence construction and learning phrases.

    F or ESL students, I find out what part of language learning they are having difficulty with and focus on improving that part while still practicing English in general.

    Program Description

    When teaching Japanese for beginners, I start with a basic introduction to the language itself, mostly how it differs from English. After the students have a general idea about Japanese pronunciation and how the writing system works, I move on to building vocabulary and common phrases, followed by grammar elements.

    When tutoring students at the Intermediate level of Japanese or students who are learning English as a second language, I find out what they are having the most difficulty and will emphasize that part during tutoring.

    Teaching Experience

    I am a college graduate from the University of California Irvine. I obtained a B.A. in East Asian Languages & Literature, with emphasis on Japan and Japanese. I have taken 2 years of Japanese at community college, 2 years at UC Irvine, and studied the language abroad for a month in 2006. I have completed the Level 3 JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) and participated in many Japanese-rela ted clubs and events during my college years. My Japanese is at a high-intermed iate/low-advan ced level; I have an excellent grasp of Japanese grammar and I am working on building my vocabulary and kanji ability. At my former job, I taught Japanese to elementary school children in a YMCA after-school program.

    I n addition, I have experience teaching English as a second language (ESL). I was a teacher assistant for an ESL class in high school, took a class about teaching ESL at my university, and have informally tutored various native Japanese students who I have met over the years. I have also tutored elementary school children in reading and spelling for two years at my previous YMCA job and informally through private tutoring clients.

    Teacher Training

    2009 to 2011
    Japanes e after school enrichment teacher and childcare aid for the North Valley YMCA
    Teacher Aide for the North Valley YMCA

    2007 to 2009
    B.A. in East Asian Languages & Literature – emphasis on Japan/Japanes e
    University of California Irvine: Regent's Scholar; graduated Cum Laude

    June to July 2006
    Intensi ve Japan Language and Culture Program (IJP)
    Univer sity of California Riverside: Studied in Japan at Kyoto Sangyo University
    2004 to 2007
    A.A. in General Arts and Sciences
    Los Angeles Pierce College: President's List Scholar

    20 00 to 2004
    High School Diploma
    Gran ada Hills Charter High School: High Honors

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What teaching/tuto ring services are you offering?
    - Teaching or tutoring Beginning Japanese and tutoring Intermediate Japanese
    - Tutoring ESL and English

    Q: What is your teaching/tuto ring schedule and location?
    A: Teaching/tuto ring schedules are negotiable depending on the student. Meeting places for lessons are also negotiable, but they must be within the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. For prospective students who live too far to meet in person, I will teach/tutor via e-mail or Instant Messaging. I will also do ESL over the phone.

    Cost of Lessons

    $20 per hour


    Profile Creation: August 24, 2009
    Profile Last Edit: July 7, 2012
    Last Login: July 3, 2019

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