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Since it is a small Japanese language school, the atmosphere is very cozy and relaxed. Due to the small-group instructions,
the teachers can accurately grasp the students’ level and help them to enhance their Japanese language ability efficiently.
When necessary, we use English as support for the beginners and the intermediate students so that they will have less stress.
There are direct method and indirect method to teach a language. Direct method is instructional method using only Japanese, whereas the indirect method is instructional method using vehicular languages. In large scale Japanese language schools, they use direct method since there are students of various nationalities. We take the advantage of a small school and use English efficiently as a vehicular language to teach Japanese, especially for the beginners.
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We have a very careful interview with each student. We ask about your educational background, your proficiency targets and the times you are available. We then assess your grammar, knowledge of Kanji and conversational proficiency in order to devise the most suitable plan for you.
We teach about customs, how to communicate smoothly with Japanese business partners, and essential expression patterns in order to establish a firm trust in business relationships. We strongly recommend this course to those who:
Masumu Goto is from Yokohama. After graduating from Hosei University in Japan (having obtained a Level 1 Middle School Social Studies teaching permit), he worked in Tokyo for around three years and moved to New Zealand. He volunteered at Sacred Heart High School in Napier City as a teacher of Japanese language and culture for one year. After returning to Japan, he taught English at a cram school. The following year, he enrolled at Massey University in New Zealand, and gained a postgraduate diploma of secondary school teaching (specialising in Japanese). After graduation, he worked as a full-time Japanese teacher at Edgewater College, a high school in Auckland. During his thirteen years of teaching there, he taught over 1500 students in total. In addition to managing classroom activities as a homeroom teacher, he was the coach of the gymnastics club. Throughout this time he also studied extramurally through the Massey University Graduate School, obtaining a “Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration”. He returned to Japan in 2010 after having lived in New Zealand for 16 years. He then worked at an international school in Tokyo for three years before founding KIWI Education Centre and opening the KIWI Japanese Class as a part of his education business.
Welcome to the port of Yokohama. Our school, which is in Honmoku, is near places full of lush greenery such as Sankeien Garden (a Japanese garden) and Honmoku-sancho Park. Conveniently, an international school and a large shopping centre (Aeon Honmoku branch) are nearby as well. Our school’s motto is "Care for the individual needs of the students". A lesson that I learned during my 15 years as a teacher is that "teaching is learning". By teaching Japanese, I still have students that I keep in touch with, and this is the greatest delight for me. This joy sustains me in my teaching, which is my true calling. While living in New Zealand, I myself had to overcome cultural differences and adjust to the local lifestyle. Having had this experience as a foreigner, I am able to stand in your shoes, and understand differences in the way that people of different cultures think. Through that experience, I hope to support you and make your stay in Japan as comfortable as possible.
Mr Goto has been our fun, patient & inspiring Japanese teacher for 4 years. We really enjoy your every class at Edgewater College, here in Auckland. You made learning Japanese easy for us by applying what we learnt to daily use. You also taught us to cook Japanese foods and sing Sukiyaki song. We appreciate your friendship.
S & Y.K
Mr Goto is an amazing teacher who cares deeply about helping others. He is also a very patient and understanding man. Mr Goto teaches at a pace that suits everyone and ensures that no one is left behind. By having Mr Goto as your teacher you will be able to achieve your goals in learning excellent English or Japanese. Mr Goto makes learning fun, exciting and enjoyable.
He makes you feel confident and capable no matter your learning style.
If you want to learn Japanese, you should definitely learn from Mr. Goto. He is polite, friendly, patient, and you won’t find a better teacher than him. I spent one year in Japan and what Mr. Goto taught me gave me the skills to become a fluent speaker. He can help you speak without an accent, teach you the most important words and grammar your need to have a conversation, and he teaches hiragana, katakana, and kanji in a way you can remember each character. Being able to speak Japanese (and read a little) definitely makes your time in Japan a time you will never forget, and Mr. Goto is the best person to do that.
During my time at High School I had the privilege of having Goto Sensei as my Japanese teacher. Mr Goto was my favourite teacher at High School and Japanese was my favourite subject. Mr Goto made Japanese fun to learn. Goto Sensei is an amazing teacher, very friendly and patient, making it easy to learn. I would like to thank Goto Sensei for helping me become competent in Japanese language and culture. I would highly recommend Goto Sensei to anyone interested in learning Japanese.
Mr Goto is an excellent teacher who has excellent rapport with his students. He explains difficult concepts by using fun examples and engaging games. The fun element in Mr Goto’s lessons made the work easy to learn. He was a knowledgeable teacher who has the respect of staff and students alike. He also cares about his students which makes it easy to learn from him.