Staff Spotlight: Yui Kimura



After obtaining her Japanese teaching license, Kimura taught Japanese in a Japanese language school in Fukuoka before teaching Japanese in the United States of America for 2 years in a public school as an assistant teacher.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite travel memory I was in junior high school. I went on a study exchange program to Holland and stayed with a host family. It was my first time living abroad and exposing myself to the English language. To date, I still keep in contact with the host family and plan to meet up in years to come.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Teaching here in Meiji Academy is different from all other places where I have taught before because the students here are learning Japanese in small classes and often plan to do an internship afterward. I have learned to tailor and customize their program to fit their needs and place a lot of individual focus on each of them.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Many years ago, I taught two girls from Tunisia as part of an international exchange program. One of the girls contacted me this summer that she will be doing an internship in Japan. She told me that I have sparked her interest in learning about Japan and she has plans to pursue her future in Japan.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I were to go on a program as a student learning Japanese, it would be the traditional culture course as it is incredibly interesting. I believe that learning the culture, especially the traditional customs and ideas, is as important as learning the language itself.

It will help you to not only understand the grammar, but also the history behind it all.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What sets Meiji Academy apart from all language schools out there is that the class sizes here are small. Therefore, I can individualize the class to each student's specific needs and adjust the pace for an effective learning process.

I think the student's learning process benefits greatly from that individual support.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe the biggest factor in being a successful company is building a good rapport with colleagues as well as students. Establishing good rapport develops mutual trust, friendships, and affinity, it helps with establishing good interpersonal relationships. That is definitely the case at Meiji Academy!