Welcome to Sachiko's Electronic Portfolio!
My name is Sachiko Aoki. I am an English teacher with five years of international teaching experience in both English as a foreign language (EFL) and English as a second language (ESL). I am very passionate about language teaching as well as language learning. I am currently an MA candidate for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Teachers College, Columbia University. I am very interested in theories and practices in Second Language Acquisition (SLA).
I taught English in Japan for four years and a half. Fortunately, I had opportunities to teach both children and adults ranging from 2 years old to eighty years old, from beginning to advanced levels. I have always enjoyed teaching and learning from my students. I treasure every student and every moment I shared with my students. I have also had opportunity to teach 3 high advanced ESL courses here in the United States. It is such a great experience for me to teach diverse classes in New York City, a melting pot.
I am also teaching Japanese as a Teaching Associate at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. It is very interesting to see language teaching from the perspective of a native speaker, which I believe is helping me to teach English more effectively.
As a learner, I have always found it fascinating to
communicate with people in foreign languages. Communication with people from
all over the world certainly enabled me to broaden my horizon. In 2003, I attended ESL classes at Washington State
University. There, I met two inspiring teachers. One of them grew up in Russia.
She amazed me with how clearly she could explain English, despite being a
non-native speaker. Her instruction helped me reach new level of comprehension
because she showed me how learning another language in fact means learning
entirely new culture. The other teacher inspired me to be courageous. She said to me, “Don’t be afraid of making mistakes” and “You don’t
have to be perfect.” She taught me how important it is to learn from mistakes
in language learning. She was also humorous, which helped me relax. I really wanted
to be like them. I wanted to inspire others the way they inspired me.
Ultimately, as a language teacher, I hope to learn and provide effective methods in order not to leave any learner behind.