Japanese Teacher

Ms. Yuko Martens:
Headteacher in the school. She taught Japanese in Japan, Canada and Australia.
She also has taught several at schools in the Sydney area and currently focuses on her Sydney-based Japanese Language School, Nihongo-Juku, where she has further developed her teaching methods and the training of new teachers. She teaches group lessons, JLPT, HSC preparation and adult private lessons. She also focuses upon child education in the North Sydney area.


Mr. Kouhei Fujioka:
He taught Japanese for high school students in Thailand for two years. He was trained in teaching methods at Human Academy in Tokyo, in 2015. His focus is on what is the best for students and he often brings unique ideas to the classroom. Now that he has joined our school, our teaching team is becoming more powerful.


Ms. Miyuki Okabe:
After years of experience as an English/Japanese translator, she began considering child education when she became a mother. She has keen powers of observation, watching children from many angles to find out what they need. Her clear voice commands the child’s attention and the materials she uses are very attractive for children. The children return home with original handmade materials to share with parents.


Mr. Koichi Hidehara:
He has been working as a Japanese language teacher since 2017. He worked as an IT engineer in Japan before moving to Australia, where he has stayed active in the IT industry, and has also initiated and contributed to Japanese-language training programs in the IT industry for workers requiring Japanese language skills. His teaching materials are unique as an IT engineer and prospective students find them quite attractive.He also teaches a wide range of students and adults with a focus on conversation. He currently offers only online classes at Nihongo-Juku.


Mr. Tye Kohei Gazzard:
Having experienced studying at a Japanese International school in Australia and an English International school in Japan, he has experienced bilingual education at various different levels. He has obtained the International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma in English and Japanese and makes use of the analytical and critical thinking skills learned from this diploma when teaching both English and Japanese. He loves to read manga and watch anime, and as a result, he is able to implement references to manga and anime to create a fun teaching environment that students find interesting.


Miss.Jocelyn So:
Graduated in 2019 from UNSW with a BArts(Hons) majoring in Japanese and minoring in Korean. Having acquired the JLPT N2 cert in 2020, she has been tutoring both privately and for groups since 2017. She has experienced and completed the HSC course for Japanese continuers and extension and has ample knowledge of what examiners look for and tailors to each of the students. With the ability to tutor for IB and HSC, she currently offers online-only classes.


Ms. Seine Abe:
Mother of two bi-lingual children – who are fluent in Japanese and English. With a background in corporate HR, having worked in UK, Japan and Australia, she obtained her qualification to teach Japanese as a foreign language in Tokyo Japan. Seine’s main interest is around building young children’s capacity to learn multiple languages. The highlight of her teaching career was when she developed short Nihongo classes for an Australian local radio station and broadcasted. Her motto for learning is to have fun.

Our Sydney Japanese Language school, Nihongo-Juku‘s teachers make a great team, meeting weekly in workshops focussing on how to develop teaching methods, etc. The school’s highly qualified Japanese language teachers are native speakers with many years of teaching experience in Japan, Canada and Australia. In combination with the English-language support offered by the school, the team is motivated to provide the most up-to-date teaching methods to make your learning experience fun and memorable. Some teachers also have years of experience teaching children in Saturday morning classes at community language schools in Sydney, and each has received clearance, as recognized by their Working With Children Check (WWCC) number in NSW. Students can enjoy learning Japanese using a unique method and attractive approach that is suitable for beginners (who have never studied Japanese) through to advanced learners (e.g., people wish to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) from Level 5 to 1) and also students who need HSCpreparation. Speaking and writing, listing and reading, all are combined in the classes. And for students of English as a Second Language (ESL), the school offers support in preparation for the predominant tests assessing English listening, speaking, writing and reading skills, such as TOEFL, TOEIC, and IELTS. Further support also is available for building skills and confidence as a non-native speaker intending to study or work in a destination where English is used as the international language of communication.


The Japanese language term “Juku” refers to the practice of scholars and intellectuals who in the Heian period would take disciples into their homes, but also has come to be used to describe the modern-day “cram school” practice in which people needing extra study can have regular sessions outside of conventional schools. It is the intention of our Japanese language school, Nihongo–Juku to offer such an experience to anyone who wants to study Japanese outside of a school, at their own convenient time for studying with us.

Please feel free to inquire+61 48 022 6621Class location: Olympic Park, NSW, Australia

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