Hello there. My interest in English pronunciation began over 10 years ago, while working at an English pronunciation school in Tokyo. I gained a valuable insight into the struggles that non-native speakers experience in developing natural fluency. I also made an appearance in the Japanese publication, 日本人のための英語発音完全教本 (ISBN-10: 4872177606 / ISBN-13: 978-4872177602).
Helping students was challenging, but at the same time it made me think about developing effective methods to help non-native English speakers acquire more natural pronunciation.
I have always been interested in languages and the thought process involved in language acquisition. It's not just about studying, but also developing the correct mindset. You really have to consider the whole thought process. How do native speakers of a certain language think? How do they process information? How do they develop the ability to read, write and speak?
I majored in mathematics, and perhaps it is for this reason that I like to apply a logical thought process and reasoning to language acquisition. My second language is French, and my third language is Japanese. Analyzing the patterns of behaviour of native speakers has helped me acquire the skills necessary to work as a Japanese-English translator in a range of specialist fields.
I also studied a little Korean during my time in Japan. Although my studies of the Korean language never got that far, understanding the phonetic alphabet (known as Hangeul) made me think more about how we can accurately replicate the sounds of native speakers of any language.
My teaching method follows a logical process, and utilizes techniques that are influenced by my own experiences both teaching and studying.
This course aims to give students the correct tools and guidance to think and function like a native English speaker.