By Agape Faith Alfaro
The Star interviewed Michelle Cross, our new Japanese teacher.
What was your previous experience?
When living in another country, that in itself is life changing. I was able to see how the school system in other countries works.
How does teaching here compare to teaching in Japan?
Schools in Japan don’t have discipline problems because students are taught at a young age how to be students, and they learn manners at a young age. American students are more free to express themselves and are more willing to try learning different languages.
Do you think that it’s challenging for students to learn Japanese?
I actually don’t. Japanese isn’t difficult to speak or understand, it’s because of the writing. It’s like code cracking, each letter has a sound that never changes. The first struggle is the alphabet, then it becomes easier.
What’s your favorite part about teaching?
The Steinmetz students specifically. I love the diversity and energy of the students. I think it’s also nice to teach with other teachers.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Learn the alphabet and don’t learn the English version of it. Use the language in daily life and try using different apps.