An International Learning Community in Japan

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iUniverse, Apr 18, 2006 - Education - 82 pages
For a time, I lived and worked in Japan in the beautiful city of Kitakyushu and taught English as a Foreign Language to the Japanese. An International Learning Community in Japan is the story of my experiences in Japanese society and also a discussion of my theories and techniques of teaching English to Japanese people. So what makes this book different from the many other books by Westerners who have lived in Japan and written about their experiences or other books about teaching English in Japan? The entire work is unified under the central theme of an international, creative learning community that my students and I created together. It is a concept that describes the relationship that evolved between my students and me. This book will be of interest to anyone with a general appreciation of Japanese culture or who desires to learn about teaching in Japan. This book is not only about how Japanese and American cultures differ, but it also offers a unique vision of international communication and understanding. So this is a story of close international friendship. Journey to Japan with an American English teacher who discovers a beautiful, gentle culture, new educational ideas and his heart!

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I was born and grew up in Lancaster County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the USA. In May of 1997, I married a wonderful woman, Angela, a Canadian whom I met while teaching English in Kitakyushu, Japan. Angela developed the kindergarten program at the school where we both taught. Angela is now an elementary school teacher, and I currently work in the computer field as a Systems Analyst in the United States. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Millersville University. At Millersville, I studied primarily European History and developed a strong interest in literature and philosophy. I also studied Latin and Ancient Greek. I did my graduate work at The Pennsylvania State University where I earned a Master of Arts in Ancient History. My interest in Japanese culture initially was stimulated at Millersville University where I met several Japanese students studying there. From 1993 to 1996 I was able to fulfill my dream of living and working in Japan.

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