• Teacher Profile Sam

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

    The activities that we do in class are really unique compared to other schools. We try to make our activities as interactive as possible. For example, when we learned about different countries in class, we decorated the room to look like that country and tried to wear attire specific to that country as well! This helps students remember the experience as well as the words and phrases from that lesson. We’ve had many students say things like “Oh, I remember doing that in the Hawaii lesson!” because they have connected the words and phrases to the experience.


    What is most important to you when teaching kids?

    Since we put a lot of emphasis on each student’s speaking time, I try to maximize the students speaking time as much as possible during class. Especially as the students get older, it’s important that they practice speaking. We don’t force students to speak if they don’t want to, but we provide as many opportunities as possible in class for students to express themselves.


    What do you think has helped your students improve the most?

    I joined GnoKids about one year ago, and I’m actually shocked at how quickly students have improved in the one year that I’ve been here. I think a huge part of why our students improve so quickly is because that they have been exposed to their vocabulary and phrases BEFORE coming into class. Many schools expose students to the language for the first time in class and spend most of the lesson just repeating the words and phrases. GnoKids students basically already know the vocabulary and grammar that we are practicing before coming to class, so they are not doing much repetition practice in class but instead are practicing using the vocabulary and grammar. In class, we are able to show our students how to use the phrases in more realistic situations in class by modeling the language with our two teachers or doing role plays and using the language in context.


    When did you know that you wanted to be a teacher?

    Teaching runs in my family! My grandma was an English teacher, my mum is a teacher, and my brother taught psychology for a few years. I studied English Literature and Language at university and have been passionate about English since an early age. Teaching in Japan has given me the opportunity to share my passion!


    What are three things still left on your bucket list?

    I`ve been very fortunate in being able to do many exciting things and travel to many interesting places. However, there are still many things I would like to accomplish.

    (1) I would love to write a novel one day, a bestseller. The problem is I have no idea what it would be about. Something set in Tokyo, maybe!
    (2) One of my friends is a seasoned traveler, and he told me his favorite place is Utah in the United States, so one day, I’d like to go there and see the beautiful landscapes myself!
    (3) I love running and would love to complete the Tokyo marathon!!


    (1) 私はいつかベストセラー小説を書きたいです。問題はどんなことを書こうかさっぱり思いついていない事です。東京を舞台にして書いてみようかな!
    (2) 友達の一人が良く旅行をする人で、彼がいうにはアメリカのユタ州が彼のお気に入りの場所らしいんだ。だから、いつかそこに行って、綺麗な景色を自分でも見てみたいな!
    (3) 走ることが好きなので、東京マラソンを完走したいです!

    When are you happiest?

    Two things always make me happy. One is enjoying Christmas dinner with my family. It’s a day of enjoying great food and spending time with my family. It’s always fun and everyone is in good spirits that day.

    The other thing that makes me happy is quite simple. I am happiest when sitting in a nice cafe with a good coffee, reading a good book. The simple pleasures in life make me the happiest. 



    Who is your favorite fictional character?

    I grew up watching movies and reading books I really enjoy thrillers and my absolute favorite is Bond, James Bond. He’s suave, intelligent, chivalrous, and honorable.


    Where in the world would you like to revisit?

    In 2011 I visited Cambodia with my friends. We went to Angkor Watt and, after a small hike to the top of a mountain, viewed the sunset. I remember being hot and sticky with sweat., and my feet were aching and blistered. But when we got to the top, we forgot all of that because the view was magnificent. Angkor Watt is a truly remarkable place: spiritual, ancient, and full of history. I would love to go there again one day.


  • Sam

    Country England
    University University of East Anglia
    Time in Japan Since 2013
    Time Teaching Since 2013


    Fun Fact

    I have climbed Mount Fuji


    Fun Fact

    I have a scar on my forehead like Harry Potter from when I ran through a glass door when I was 5.


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