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    From Canada

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    What do you think is special about GnoKids compared to other kids English schools?

    The teachers and staff! Everyone is kind and positive so it’s easy to try new lesson ideas and get feedback. This positivity also translates into the classroom, so each class, while different, feels welcoming and positive. All of the teachers here are really hardworking and committed to making the best lessons and content possible. Everyone really thinks about the individual needs of each student and the teachers do their best to meet those needs. Whenever the teachers talk about students, the tone is always positive; the focus is on how we can help motivate them, or how we can help them achieve at a higher level. Also, all of the staff have their own special talents, like singing or acting, and each person has something different and interesting to offer. Seeing everyone taking on so many different roles inspires me to keep striving for new goals as well!


    What is most important to you when teaching kids?

    Making sure that everyone is having fun! The lesson includes lots of interesting games and hands-on activities. When the students are having fun, it’s much easier to motivate them to speak English and to participate in the lesson. It’s also very important to me that students look forward to coming to class. I want them to enjoy English rather than see it as something they have to do. I also try to keep the class as positive as possible so students will never feel afraid to make a mistake. For me, I am able to learn new languages best when I don’t feel pressure to speak perfectly, so I always aim to create that same atmosphere for my students. Making mistakes is a crucial part of getting better!


    What do you think helps your students improve the most?

    The structure of the lessons! The teachers here work really hard to structure the lesson so that the students have a lot of opportunities to speak and practice the grammar and vocabulary. I’ve been in lessons where even very shy students are speaking confidently by the end of the lesson because they have had so many opportunities to practice the language in class. The small class sizes are also important because it gives us a chance to spend more time with each student to help them with that practice.


    What is the most surprising thing you’ve ever done?

    I performed in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver! I was part of the marching band at my high school, so my school and some other bands in the area created a large group and we all performed together. Looking around a stadium filled with thousands of people was pretty surreal! After the performance, I managed to get high fives from a bunch of the Paralympic teams backstage before they entered the stadium. The energy was really positive and it’s still one of my favourite experiences.


    What languages have you studied?

    I’ve studied French, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. I didn’t have any chances to use French outside of school, so I’ve unfortunately forgotten most of it. Vancouver has a large Chinese population so I thought it would be more useful to study some Chinese. For a while, there were some kanji I could read in Chinese but not in Japanese so I would pronounce不要 as “bu yao” instead of “fuyo”. I studied Korean when I lived in Korea, and I’ve been studying Japanese on and off since I was thirteen years old. I can give a short self-introduction in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese!


    What are the most memorable places you’ve been to?

    (1) Fushimi Inari. It was a lifelong dream of mine to go there and I managed to hike up all the way to the top the first time! I’d love to go back again with my family to show them how beautiful it is.
    (2) The DMZ (de-militarized zone) between North Korea and South Korea. It was a really interesting experience to go to the far end of the JSA (joint security area) and stand on the border between the two. It was strange and a little bit sad.
    (3) Quebec City. There is an older part of the city which looks just like it did back in the early 1800s with cobblestones and almost all of the traditional buildings still intact. It’s amazing to walk through the city, hear people speaking French everywhere, and imagine what life was like in the early days of Canadian history. The food is amazing as well!


    What’s an ideal day for you in Japan?

    A day of walking and eating! I love going to Kamakura because the area there is great for eating and walking! They have really delicious meat pies, nikuman, korokke, ice cream, dango, sausages, and crepes. Not only is the food great, but there are also tons of shrines and fun things to see while you eat. I also like Motomachi Chukagai and Harajuku for similar reasons.


  • Jen

    Country Canada

     Simon Fraser Univesity

    Time in Japan Since 2016
    Time Teaching Since 2016


    Fun Fact

    I LOVE science fiction. My dad introduced me to Star Wars and Star Trek and I’ve been a fan ever since. Live long and prosper!


    Fun Fact

    I love playing Go. In my last year of high school I was actually the president of my school’s Go Club!


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