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World Languages

Chinese, Japanese, and Korean: Knowing Your East Asian Characters

A one-time class where we'll take a closer look at some important differences and similarities between Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Together we'll consider both written and spoken languages as they appear in the real world.
Mr. Kelsey P. ケルシー先生
333 total reviews for this teacher
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Meets once
35 minute class

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Class Experience

Learners will be able to:

 + Easily tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writing
 + Discern the differences in pronunciation between the three languages
 + Appreciate a basic history of the three languages and their influences
 + Use a handful of greetings from each of the three languages
At a Glance:

 + Magna cum laude graduate in philosophy with honors and concentrations in Japanese studies and religion
 + 2nd Level JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) certification-holder* 
 + Member of the 2007 International Scholar Laureate Program Delegation on Diplomacy & International Relations in the People's Republic of China 
 + Teacher and tutor to over 1000 foreign language students on Outschool and elsewhere

*JLPT 5th level is the lowest and 1st is the highest (also now denoted "N5" through "N1)


I studied Japanese language, culture, history, and economics both at home (Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota) and a year abroad (Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan). I returned to Japan after graduating to live for another three years in Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, where I worked in language instruction and Japanese-English translation. I attained certification in the 2nd highest level of the internationally recognized Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), and twice sat in for the 1st level. 

My teaching experience in language instruction (where I also often implement the Natural Approach and TPR) continues to this day in private lessons for both children and adults in ESL, Japanese language learning, and JLPT test prep. For Japanese, this includes literacy in kanji and the language's other character sets, as well as comprehension and production in both informal and business-level conversation. It also means a top-down approach to deconstructing, studying for, and tackling the JLPT for those students looking to take their Japanese to the next level and even get this important certification that can land them a job abroad. (Feel free to contact me for more information about the JLPT and suggestions on whether or not it may be right for your learner's language goals.)
Check for understanding (CFUs) will be given throughout the lesson, as well as at the end of the lesson (titled "Mastery Check") to review material and test for general comprehension.
35 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
It is important to help students keep in mind that more difficult languages require effort and diligence to master. As enjoyable as it often is to learn, it can also be challenging and even downright frustrating at times to achieve confidence. Please support them where necessary by reminding them of this fact and, if possible, finding creative solutions together toward continually rediscovering the fun and magic of learnings languages. 


Mr. Kelsey P. ケルシー先生
Lives in the United States
Japanese Studies, Philosophy, and Math Educator for First Principles Thinkers
333 total reviews
145 completed classes

About Me

At a Glance

 + Magna cum laude graduate in philosophy with honors and concentrations in Japanese studies and religion
 + Praxis II 5161 (Mathematics Content Knowledge) certification-holder
 + 2nd Highest Level JLPT (Japanese... 
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