LECTURERS

Monika Zachaj
Principal of the Warsaw School of the Japanese Language (WSJL), lecturer

 

A graduate of the Japanese studies in Warsaw, certified PASE methodologist of the Polish Association for Standards in Language Education – PASE. She is a holder of Nihongo Noryoku Shiken N1 certificate (result: 97%). Member of the Urasenke Sunshinkai Way of Tea Association in Warsaw, President of the Club of the Japanese Government Former Scholarship Holders. In her free time, she arranges ikebana, trains aikido and plays the shamisen.

I have been studying Japanese since the year two in high school. I would never think back then that this passion would change my life so much. Thanks to it, I’ve been in Japan so many times that I’ve lost track, I met great friends and experienced wonderful moments that made me who I am. Every day at school, I observe how Japan changes the life of my students. I am happy that I can work with people with whom we mutually inspire ourselves.

Ryotaro Sakamoto
manager

He graduated from the first-cycle studies in the major of education (teaching English and Japanese) at the Shizuoka University as well as the second-cycle studies at Collegium Civitas. Since 2012, he has been the Secretary of the Polish Association of Japanese Language Teachers. For 5 years, he taught his native language to children of foreigners in Japan. He speaks Polish, English, Russian and, obviously, Japanese 🙂 He can pride himself on dan 2 in judo, dan 8 in calligraphy and a licence to teach the ocarina (Japanese flute). In his free times, he records and edits school videos or writes newsletters.

Lots of travelling and studies abroad convinced me that passing my knowledge of the culture and language of Japan gives me so much happiness. I am sure that the positive energy I share with my students during classes will make their love for my country even greater.

Miho Takahashi
lecturer

A graduate of the Shirayuri University in Sendai (major – education with specialty: teaching Japanese as a foreign language). For 3 years, she taught her native language in China at the Shanxi University Business College. She comes from a small island, with population of 300 residents, located in the Matsushima Bay in the Miyagi prefecture which, as she believes, is the source of her curiosity about the world.

I would like my students to feel that studying Japanese is an enjoyable experience that enriches them as people.

Marta Klimiuk
lecturer

A graduate of the Japanese studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She studied for a year in Kioto at the University of Education. For over four years, she has worked as a tutor and instructor during various trips with children and youth. Her favourite element in the process of studying Japanese are kanji characters that she has been studying since secondary school. In her free time, she reads setsuwa stories and discovers new flavours of the Japanese cuisine.

The study of the Japanese language is an amazing adventure that changed my way of perceiving the world and helped me develop various new skills. Thanks to the knowledge of the language, I met various great people, got a scholarship in Japan, started reading books in the original language – this would probably be not possible had I never decided to start the course.

Ren Ogaya
lecturer

A graduate of the Osaka University, specialising in teaching Japanese as well as in the Japanese culture. Although she has just finished her studies, she has already completed internships as a lecturer in Thailand and the United States.

Since I was a child, I’ve been dreaming of becoming a Japanese language teacher, even more so since I like people, especially children. I would like to use my experience and knowledge I gained during my studies and stays abroad to make my students love Japan.

Agata Krukowska
trainee

Student of the Japanese studies at the University of Warsaw. Her adventure with Japan started already in her early childhood years, even though she wasn’t completely aware of it at that time. Over the years, her interest in the Japanese culture grew and, finally, she decided to pursue her future career in this field. She loves Japanese phonetics and kanji characters. She uses her literary talent posting on our blog page and supports supports the Hanamizuki school choir with her beautiful voice.

Even now, I can still remember how starting to learn Japanese pulled me out from the grey boring routine. Back then, for the first time, I understood what a real passion looks like – my life took a brand new direction overnight. Thanks to Japanese. I met lots of great people and experienced lots of wonderful moments. Now, I want this language to inspire others and change their everyday life completely.

Julia Caba
lecturer

A graduate of the Japanese studies at the University of Warsaw. She is a holder of the N1 certificate. Apart from her duties as a lecturer, she is also a professional guide for the Japanese in Poland and a youth camp counsellor – OTAKU CAMP BT Orion. She also had a brief adventure with testing Japanese computer games. In her free time, she practices calligraphy and the Way of Tea. In 2014, she took the second spot (category: ‘beginner’) in the Polish Nationwide Calligraphy Competition organised by WSJL, and in 2017 she took the first spot (category: ‘advanced’) in the Central European edition of this competition. She is a member of the Urasenke Sunshinkai Way of Tea Association in Warsaw.

I am amazed with the Japanese culture which makes so many ways expressible only in Japanese. Using this language, I’ve awakened the part of myself that used to be asleep and met wonderful people. I got know Japan and the Japanese language only when I went to the university and, as a lecturer, it has come to me that starting learning earlier would have been worth it. I always envy the passion and commitment of the course participants as well as the wonderful relations they establish. Every day, I observe how the Japanese language develops and shapes them. I am glad I can teach this inspiring language to others.

Hiroko Fujii
lecturer

She majored in English literature at the Senshu University and completed a 420-hours course in teaching Japanese as a foreign language at KEC Nihongo Gakuin. She worked in Osaka for first 6 years as an English teacher and then as a Japanese teacher. At some point, in three different schools (!).

The most interesting part in the lecturer’s work is that you can learn so much from your own students. Since I and my students are from different cultural circles, not only do we see differences between our countries but we are also able to take a fresh look at our own. I would like to cerate an atmosphere in which we can learn from each other, not forgetting about our linguistic goals.