Statement Of Purpose

Hi my name is Paul Heidt.

South African Japanese Teacher, my 3 skills are teaching, coaching, a memory training. I can accommodate for all the different types of wants within Japanese, for casual learning, JLPT focused studies, anime (manga) and business Japanese.

I in no way originate from Japan. I studied through two Japanese teachers here in Johannesburg and have had over a dosen over the internet from Japan.

This is my profession, full time job. my goal is to produce Japanese intelligent speaking students not parrot fashioned students that are good at reciting but have no idea what they are saying. I don’t waist any time in this department and can’t handle delay that doesn’t lead to any results of fluency but also do cater for some fun in the process, otherwise if no fun what is the point… I have being teaching for 9 years (Started 2010 Nov.) Done +- 9000 lessons.  Been studying the language for 11 years now (2019 April.)

First teacher was in Norcliff Akiko Sensei , Hiroi Sensei for very short period and then rest have been from Japan via Italki. (Yoshi Sensei , Annie Sensei, Natsuko Sensei, Yuki Sensei , Sato Sensei, etc. )

I school students to pass the JLPT N levels(Fluency Certification Exam by Japan) while myself am doing it as well, Have passed N5 in 2014 and at the moment working on passing the N2. (N5 lowest lvl and N2 2nd highest.) From 2015 every year I decided to increase the level for myself. I have 80% success rate with getting students to pass JLPT (N5 and N3 ).

I am fairly confident I know what really helps and does not when it comes to learning the language.

My reasons for teaching Japanese :

  1. It is my passion.
  2. I love and enjoy how Japanese works and to me its heaven.
  3. To break away from the traditional ways of teaching

I found when learning Japanese there was a lot miscommunication of information because of the language barrier. People that were bad became worse and people that were good became better, it was an imbalanced student dependent style and I’d like to say my method is a balance of both teacher dependent and student dependent, it is far more effective enjoyable and tangible when it comes to results.

I am quite obsessed when it comes to making results out of you, this is you progressing in Japanese. Reading, Speaking, understanding, etc. I don’t just teach but I couch as well. Japanese is not one of those subjects were its okay to do the bare minimal. I am also not enforcer when it comes to learning, or your judge that will make sure you receive the inadequate penalty due. Rather I prefer to give you the tools that will help you to perform far beyond what you would expect from yourself.

My methods encourage and guarantee that by the time 6 months have passed you can clearly see were you have come from and where you are now, how far you have progressed and I think in Japanese this is vital! At the moment I do not think there is a Japanese Teacher in Johannesburg that takes the trade seriously.

I may be white, not Japanese but I boldly say you will not find a better teacher with anyone else than myself. First lesson is free. Don’t hesitate, you never know, you might be surprised! Email me the day and time you would like to have your first lesson, then you can decide if these Japanese lessons might be worth it.

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