I've had some great teachers over the years, and they've had two things in common - passion and a willingness to have a conversation.
I think that discussion-based learning is one of the most effective teaching-methods out there. There's bound to be something in a piece of writing that touches the reader, something that they would care enough to talk about; in my opinion, there's no better way to learn a language than to speak it.
I recently graduated from UW Madison with a degree in Japanese. My coursework was heavily focused on using the language, as well as interpreting and analyzing Japanese texts. I have worked as a writer with the Borgen Project, an anti-poverty group based in Seattle, as well as an English language tutor for students in Korea.
Outside of work and school, I really enjoy reading and writing. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are hands down my favorite book, and I could probably talk about them forever.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelor in Arts, Japanese Studies
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 36
Reading, writing, trying to keep tomato plants alive, and running (...sometimes)
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing