ESL & Culture Concierge
I have expertise helping people with:
- Business & Legal English, TOEFL, Phone Skills and other English courses.
- Conversation (i.e., communicating in “American”)
- Resumes, Cover Letters & Interview Preparation
- Customized curriculum and creative study methods
- Job Search, Networking & Self-Marketing
- Finding community and connecting with American culture
- Lessons available for one-to-one, group and via Skype.
- Currently teach Legal English for Pace University Law School and Business English, Elementary English and TOEFL for International House language school in New York.
- Graduate of Duke Law School and former corporate bankruptcy lawyer for a large New York law firm. I also studied law for a semester in Tokyo (at Waseda and Tokyo Universities) and interned for two Japanese law firms.
- Experienced ESL Instructor (CELTA-certified) including two years in Japanese public schools on the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme as well as group and private lessons for Japanese lawyers and advanced English students.
- Creator of the Bankruptcy Bill and Bankruptcy Man cartoon series.
- Can converse in Spanish, Japanese and somewhat in Portuguese. Also know some Hebrew and Chinese and a touch of Korean.
- Have played ultimate frisbee in 8 countries and greatly enjoy making people feel welcome and comfortable in the US, the same way people have done for me in Japan and other countries.
- Live in Brooklyn with my wife and young daughter.
You can learn more about me at:
E-mail: stevenwaseda [at] alumni.duke.edu
By PATRICK BUDMAR Japan Times – July 3, 2012
Now fraught with job insecurity and low pay, there was a time when the work was steady and salaries were high for those who taught English in Japan.
One only has to contrast the birth of the eikaiwa (English conversation) business in the late ’80s, marked by the rise of private chain schools and the start of the JET Program in 1987, to the current state of the industry to see how it has contracted in size and scope.
While the English teaching industry in Japan has shown resilience by surviving recessions, financial crises and occasional bankruptcies, there is no denying it has seen better days.
Not surprisingly, many people now refer to the ’80s as the “golden age” of English teaching in Japan, and Steven Horowitz, a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association (JETAA) New York Board of Directors and JETAA USA Fund Committee, is among them. Read more…
“American View,” a quarterly magazine published by the Press Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, recently interviewed me about the role of JETs and JET alumni in connection with Japan’s recovery efforts following the 3/11 disaster.
- English: http://amview.japan.usembassy.gov/e/amview-e20120301-04.html
- Japanese: http://amview.japan.usembassy.gov/j/amview-j20120301-04.html
American View: What is unique about disaster relief activities by JET program participants and alumni?
Steven Horowitz: The connection we have to the affected areas and to each other. And the language skills and ability to communicate directly with people in the communities. When you work for the school system, you really get connected to the community. You understand how things work, how kids evolve into adults. You’re part of the community. As a result, JETs are able to identify needs and then reach out to a global community to help fill them in unique ways. I think JETs and JET alumni in some ways were better able to identify needs on the ground than some of the larger, more removed relief organizations, and especially with regard to education-related needs.