Nonverbal communication

Nonverbal communication

While looking at consultation data transcribed from audio files, I’ve been studying linguistic forms in spoken interactions (in primary care settings). A question flashed across my mind today and I quickly looked it up. What exactly do nonverbal cues include in general? One of the famous quotes is that about 93 per cent of communication [...]

Time to say goodbye to a really nice class

Time to say goodbye to a really nice class

I'm at a very early stage in my teaching career. I've been working as a language teacher of Japanese while doing my PhD for three years now. Most of us teachers have to deal with the same emotions. It's a sad feeling when we have to say goodbye to classes we really like. In January [...]

Worth to try – When I applied for a teaching position

Worth to try – When I applied for a teaching position

I just want to share some positive thoughts about job applications! In December 2018, I applied for my current teaching position in London. When I read an article to recruit a teaching staff at a university, the application deadline was already two weeks passed. But it still had a direct email address and a name [...]

‘Easy Japanese’ as a common language with foreigners in Japan

‘Easy Japanese’ as a common language with foreigners in Japan

I could not agree more with the idea of 'easy Japanese' as a common language between native and non-native speakers in Japan. In Tokyo, the Mainichi Newspapers Co. will host a symposium on this topic in March. The focus will be the acceptance of foreign workers and language in the context of Japan's employment situation [...]

Notes on Open-mindedness

Notes on Open-mindedness

Since posting on Trust and Communication Skills last time, I've had some responses to the post, with people around me saying 'I love it!' It was also nice that some old friends messaged me after seeing my post on Facebook and we rebuilt a connection. When blogging, I sometimes worry about how my readers feel [...]