Our Instructor Spotlight Series continues! The latest instructor, featured in our July/August catalog, is Japanese for Beginners instructor Yumiko Koshiya! Yumiko was originally introduced to the BCAE as a student in our ESL program (and she remains a daytime ESL student to this day!) Read on to learn more about her!
BCAE: Thanks for being our Instructor Spotlight this term, Yumiko! So, where are you from? What brought you to the United States?
YUMIKO: I’m from Chiba, Japan. My first visit to the States was a 1-month stay with an American family in Colorado when I was a college student. Since then, I always wanted to come back. I got my chance when I taught Japanese at colleges in Tennessee and Wisconsin. I moved to Boston with my husband when he got a job here.
BCAE: How did you get into teaching?
YUMIKO: I took a one-year corresponding course of Japanese teaching when I was working at a textbook company in Japan. Then I got a job at a private language school in Tokyo. Realizing the depth and challenge of this job, I took a two-month intensive workshop for Japanese teachers who teach the Japanese language to students who speak English. This workshop, conducted by Prof. Jorden of Cornell University, was such an eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.
BCAE: What’s your favorite thing about teaching?
YUMIKO: I love everything about teaching. Especially, when I see my students who knew very little Japanese at the beginning, introduce themselves, greet one another, and talk about what they like in Japanese fluently, I feel so thrilled. I also think teaching is a kind of art that requires never ending effort to improve.
Clearly, Yumiko is a believer in the BCAE's motto, #neverstoplearning! Thanks, Yumiko!
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