Hello! My name is Bettie Ido, and I am a Canadian living in Japan. I have been teaching English for 43 years now, first as a volunteer in Malaysia for 3 years, and then in Japan since 1976.
In my lessons in Japan, I usually focus on listening and speaking, since these are the things most students want to practice.
I find that people in Japan are very eager to learn English, but are often shy to use the English that they already know, and they worry about making mistakes. I try to boost their confidence and give them an enjoyable experience so that they feel relaxed and more able to express themselves. I know from my own experience that when learning anything new, it is very important to enjoy the process. I hope to give lessons that will be helpful and fun for both of us.
I first taught English Literature and Composition in a high school in Sabah, East Malaysia (Borneo), for three years.
I then went to Japan, and this was my first experience with Japanese culture. I taught English conversation in company classes, and also English conversation schools.
I met my Japanese husband in Kyoto, and we later opened a small school of our own in Gifu, Japan. For the next 30 years (!) we taught all kinds of students, from 3 years to 83 years of age.
We have two daughters, one living in Edmonton, Canada, and another living here in Fukuoka, where I am now, and I have four grandchildren.
こんにちは、イド ベテイー です．あなたの英語力に合わせて指導しますので初心者の方でも気軽な気持ちでトライして下さい。必ず楽しんでいただけると思っています。