Ashley【Senior Teacher】


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名前は? Ashley
出身は? イギリス
いつからシェーンで? 2017年

Where are you from?

I'm from Leicester in the East Midlands of England. It's most famous for football. We won the Premier League with a Japanese player (Shinji Okazaki) in 2016.


Why did you come to Japan?

A combination of boredom and craving for adventure. I was previously living in Poland and Czech Republic but life was too easy and comfortable. I'd long had an interest in moving to Asia and Japan seemed exotic to me. I also wanted the challenge and excitement of living on the other side of the world.


What surprised you the most when you first came to Japan?

I was surprised that there are no bins almost anywhere on the street. Eating breakfast while walking to the station suddenly became a lot less convenient. Nobody wants to carry a banana peel for 15 minutes!


Why do you like teaching?

Teaching gives me the opportunity to meet and connect with lots of different people. I love watching people grow and working with the same student each week gives me the opportunity to observe their progress. I especially like teaching students who have clear ambitions such as living abroad, gaining a promotion, or finding a foreign partner. It feels good to help them achieve those.


What’s great about being a Senior Teacher?

Being a Senior Teacher is great because you can create a fun, relaxed and happy atmosphere at the school where you work five times a week. Working there so often means I can connect with most students at the school, not just the ones I teach. The best thing about being the Senior Teacher at Kawasaki is working with the counsellors and other teachers, all of whom are hard-working, positive, phenomenal people who I appreciate a lot.


Tell us a great study tip to help students get better at English.

The most important thing is to practise speaking. If you live with someone who speaks some English, make an effort to practise with them every day. For example, you could make breakfast time‘English time’. If you have a friend or colleague who is learning too, agree with them that you'll speak in English whenever it's possible. Also, try to never speak Japanese to other Shane students! You're learning together, so practise together.