Each of our service plans consist of a combination of service modules. These modules are as follows….
Reliable Access to our Japanese Support Staff
Our Japanese support staff is trained accurately to represent our program to you, address scheduling and billing issues, and facilitate the customization of services to match your WANTS, your NEEDS, and your INTERESTS.
Your Own Online Personal Desk
You get your own self-study space where your Teachers can all coordinate their services with you.
We have plans that include English Journaling 5 times a week, 3 times a week, twice a week, and even once per week, for those that find they are too busy. You write a journal entry. A native English-speaking teacher will then read and send you an MP3 sound file of her/him reading aloud the corrected version of what you have written.
Some students do well if at least one of their teachers is a fluent speaker of both English and Japanese, even if (sometimes PARTICULARLY if) that teacher is Japanese. So many of our plans include a Bilingual Coach as an option. Usually, these are Skype lessons, but your service plan can be modified if you prefer a Face-to-Face lesson with your Bilingual Coach.
Sometimes a learner just needs a foreigner that is going to engage in free conversation. Our Conversation Partners are trained to mostly ask questions and push the learners to talk for as long as possible and to challenge them to speak at higher and higher levels of difficulty.
The Discussion Trainings are a bit more structured. Typically, both the Discussion Trainer and the learner have read the same article, listened to the same sound file, or watched the same video and the is Discussion Trainer’s job to come prepared with questions to structure the discussion. The Discussion Training is a bit more structured. Typically, both the Discussion Trainer and the learner have read the same article, listened to the same sound file, or watched the same video and it is the Discussion Trainer’s job to come prepared with questions to structure the discussion. Learners may also work out of a textbook.
Trainer. Discussion Training is almost always by Skype.
The Intensive Coach is a teacher that has a substantial background in English pedagogy. Often the Intensive Coach has a Masters Degree in Linguistics or failing that we have the first-hand experience of some other context where they have performed well. Basically, the Intensive Coach is someone that can tell the student “whatever you want.”