I am Yota Hakkai, a Japanese TA for JPN-101, 111, 211 and 311. The reason why I applied for the Fulbright program was to get more experienced in teaching languages, English proficiency and different cultures so I can contribute to English education in Japan in the future. I graduated from Yokohama National University 2 years ago in Economics and Education and got the teaching license in Japan last year at Nihon University.
I worked at a “cram school” as a math, science and English teacher for 3 years until last year while in college. I have also had academic experiences in the US, Finland and Italy.
Teaching Japanese here means teaching beginners another language. I believe a few years of language study enable them to have a basic conversation skill level.
To be a great English teacher, I need to be more fluent in English and have diverse experiences, so I came to America to learn the language and culture. I love ramen noodles, but I don’t find great ones here like in Japan so I will cook them in our Japanese Club along with other Japanese dishes. Please come and let’s chat in both languages, English and Japanese.