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Mona.T

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Mona.T Tutor Interview

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Q. Hi Mona.T! Let’s start off with a brief self-introduction. Can you give the Cafetalk community a brief glance at who you are?

A. Hello ♪ This is Mona, an English tutor on Cafetalk! People say my personality is very energetic ☆

I've done a working holiday and studyed abroad in five countries. I have two certifications; TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and, TECSOL – Teaching English to Child Speakers of Other Language. These are basic teaching methods in Australia.

I worked for a major English school after that and taught English to both children and adults as the principal tutor. Also, I have experience of teaching kids at elementary schools and kindergartens as well.

I have two strong points; understanding each student thoroughly and offering lessons that are adapted to their study style☆ During the lesson, I try my best to bring out the students abilities and make them confident in their English every time!

Q. Based on your profile, you currently live in Japan. How has been the life in Japan so far?

A. First of all, Japanese food is great (*^^*)

However, I came to realize the good sides of Japan when I was studying abroad. I've lived in various foreign countries beforehand and could see different cultures and traditions. The more I travel the more I come to appreciate Japan too.☆

Q. So you have studied abroad and had experiences of working holiday in many countries! Please tell us about your life overseas.

A. For the working holiday, I've been to Canada, Australia, New Zeland, and Irland. Different from just traveling, actually living in the country means I could learn a lot of new things every day and felt time flew so fast.

During the working holiday years, I could have lots of new friends! Because the roommates came from different countries, we talked all through the night and went camping together at holidays. Only good memories come up in my mind!!! Friends I got to know at the time live everywhere in the world, so visiting them is one of my future goals.

Q. What are you usually up to when you’re not teaching on Cafetalk? What are your hobbies and interests?

A. There are lots of things that I would like to try (;^_^)

I went to a baking class and tried pilates these days...I also like doing exercises. I'm someone who gets excited by preparing for something, so I like to hype myself up by wearing cool sports-wear or accessories!

Q. How did you become able to speak English?

A. I used to be REALLY bad at English in middle and high schools. Therefore, I hardly spoke any English when I first went to study abroad in Canada. However, I didn't think "I'll look for my job when I can speak English" or "I'm going to participate in this event." but I just went ahead and gave it a try. (I guess I was young enough to be fearless...lol)

So I started working a part-time job soon after I arrived in Canada and participated in many events. Because I put myself in situations where I could get to know real English, I could learn English naturally.

Q. Could you tell me the advantage of being learned English by a Japanese tutor? What is your strong point that students wouldn't get from a native speaker?

A. I've been teaching English for seven years and have experiences of both lessons that require students to speak English all the time and not. And I would say there are advantages for each! Yet, in all-English requring lesson, there might be a situation that student thinks "is this correct English?" or "is this phrase right to say?" and they are not sure about their English.

This would be wastful of your valuable time! So my lessons would be better for some students because I could support them with details in Japanese until they fully understand what they are studying♪

Q. What made you want to start teaching on Cafetalk?

A. I started because online lessons allow me to teach students who are in all parts of Japan and even the whole world♪ My students are from Japan, of course, but also the US and Germany as well! I could listen to the stories of countries where I've never been. Having lessons with my students who are from Hokkaido to Okinawa of Japan makes me feel like I also travel to the place and it is really fun♪

Q. Since you offer a variety of lessons, is there any lesson you can recommend in particular? Or can you give a quick overview of which lesson might be good for which type of student?

A. My students vary from kids to adults and beginners to advanced levels. Everyone is welcome in my lessons!! I used to not be good at English; therefore, I would be able to explain to beginners who are not good at English or don't understand English (≧▽≦)

Q. English lessons for kids are also popular! What would like to give a message to parents?

A. Please praise children A LOT!

It's already amazing if they can repeat words that they have never heard before! Even though I also try to praise students a lot in the lesson, receiving praise from parents will give them even more confidence in themselves. So, I would like ask parents to praise their children a lot after the lesson♪

Q. "TOEIC prep lesson" seems to be most popular among your lessons! Can you give us a few tips to get a higher score in the TOEIC?

A. You need to understand what TOEIC is. For instance, the basic thing you should know first is how many questions there are or what kind of questions would be asked in part 5. Once you know what is common with TOEIC you can make a study plan!

Start with knowing your enemy (which is TOEIC) ♪

Q. A lot of students are probably curious about the atmosphere in your lessons. What can a student imagine a lesson with you to be like? What’s your teaching style?

A. Each person has different reasons to learn English and their own goals. So my teaching style is very much based on the individual student's needs and offers different lessons in order to meet their expectations.

Also, please feel free to ask me anything because I'm trying to help my students improve their strong points and help them understand their weak points!!!

Q. Finally, would you like to leave a message for your current and future students?

A. A. Thank you to all my current students for taking my lessons. I used to think, "English lessons are quite hard." However, now I have enough the confidence to tell you, "English conversation is pretty fun"! When I realized I could communicate with people from all over the world, I was so happy to have learned English.
You find and encounter many new things when you talk to someone who comes from a different place!!! I would like everyone to know how it can be!!!
To make it happen, it's my pleasure to help you improve your English too!!!
Please feel free to contact me ♪

I'm looking forward to meeting you in the lesson♪

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Mona.T


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