After studying my Bachelor of Education (Primary) and beginning my teacher career I began to travel and whilst travelling all over the world discovered a passion for languages and culture. Every country I visited I learnt at least a few basic phrases to meet, greet, shop and question the people I met. I found that learning some language and speaking with body language opened the doors to amazing experiences... communication, friendship, learning, being welcomed, sharing and mutual respect.
Later, living in Japan I found that the deeper one learnt a second language the more rewarding the experiences. I spent many years working with children and adults in language
classes as well as with children in a bilingual education setting and as a LOTE teacher in state schools. I can tell you first hand that languages can open your eyes and your heart.
There are so many benefits to learning a second language, but for me the BEST reason is the joy it brings. I love helping children enjoy their journey into Japanese language and culture and I really believe that languages are essential for kids growing up in world that is more and more becoming a global community.