To communicate effectively and meaningfully with someone requires a profound understanding of their world view. This is rooted in the language that they speak. Japanese is the key to one of the most distinctive cultures in Asia. As an island with a long history of isolation, many aspects of the culture developed without outside influences. From tea ceremonies to Aikido, the language gives students insight into Japan’s ancient history and traditions, and can lead to exciting travel and employment opportunities.
The Golden Circle’s Japanese specialists are first class qualified teachers, who are passionate about Japanese language and culture. Many of them are also native speakers who can offer personal insight into one of the world’s oldest and richest cultures. We support students from a range of backgrounds and abilities, from beginners to advanced linguists. Learners develop a wide vocabulary and language skills through exposure to popular Japanese media, books and film. This enables our students to understand the unique social hierarchy, values and challenges of the Japanese people.
Our Japanese services include one-to-one tuition, residential tuition, mock interviews and exam preparation. This includes preparation for the Oxford University OLAT (Oriental Languages Aptitude Test). With our guidance and support, Golden Circle students achieve top grades at GCSE and A Level, and places on competitive Oriental Studies undergraduate courses.
"Sakura was wonderful. She tutored and prepared my daughter for her OLAT exam and Oxford university interview. He passed the exam and has secured an offer from his dream college. We would highly recommend Sakura."
Mother of a successful Oxbridge university applicant
"My son loves working with Nachuan. He is great at engaging my son and has ‘tapped into’ his fascination with Japanese anime films. Nachuan is professional, thoughtful, and attuned to our son’s mood and needs. He is great for our son’s confidence and we feel that he is well prepared for his GCSE exam."
Parent of a Year 11 student
Our Modern Language Teachers
“新しい言語は、新たな人生の始まり。- A new language is a new life.”
Nachuan is an experienced interpreter and a Modern Foreign Languages teacher. He has taught Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), and English at a range of international colleges, including Study Valley Edu in Tokyo and Yinluzhe Education in China, for the last two years. Since 2018, Nachuan has worked as a business interpreter and translator for international companies. Nachuan graduated from Dalian University of Technology with a BA in Translation and Interpreting. He studied Japanese at Tokyo's International Cultural Academy and is currently studying for a MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching at King's College London university.
"Languages enable you to meet new people and discover new cultures."
Hugo graduated with a BA in French and German from Bristol University in 2019. Following this, he went on to complete his PGDE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme, specialising in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (French and German). Hugo holds 2 years of classroom experience and 5 years of tutoring experience, supporting students of varying ages and abilities across Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5. At his most recent school, Hugo also held the role of MFL Teaching Lead. Hugo is currently studying for a Master’s in Education and Technology at University College London.
"Languages open doors, and open doors lead to exciting opportunities."
Jessica graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Music and French. She qualified as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher in 2017 and has since been teaching secondary students from Year 7 - Year 11 at a school in East London. Jessica is an approachable and supportive teacher. Since joining The Golden Circle in 2018, she has successfully prepared students for competitive Common Entrance and French GCSE exams. Jessica is an accomplished and practicing musician. She has an ABRSM Grade 8 in Flute and Piano.
"A language is an exact reflection of the growth and character of its speakers."
Florence holds a first-class degree in Modern Languages. She completed the Teach First programme in 2016, specialising in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and received an ‘Outstanding’ rating for her PGCE teaching qualification. Florence has 5 years of classroom experience teaching French and Portuguese at a school in North London. In her latest role, she was also an Assistant Headteacher. She now works as a qualified SENCo and as an Interpreter for the Government of Jersey.
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." - Wittgenstein
Lewis is a qualified Modern Languages Teacher, having completed the Teach First programme in 2018. He holds 5 years of classroom experience teaching GCSE French and A Level Spanish at a West London Secondary School. Each year, his students achieve outstanding results at GCSE and A Level. In addition to his role as a classroom teacher, Lewis is also the Head of Year 12. Lewis holds a degree in French and Spanish from University College London.
"Knowing a foreign language is a statement. A statement of courage, confidence, and perseverance."
Harriet holds a degree in French and Russian from University College London and a Master’s degree from SOAS. She completed her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme, specialising in Modern Foreign Languages, and holds 4 years of classroom experience teaching French and Spanish. In addition to her role as a classroom teacher, Harriet has also held the role of Head of MFL. She currently teaches at an international school and privately tutors with The Golden Circle.
"French is a language that opens doors."
Annie graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first class degree in Classics and French. She qualified as a Modern Languages teacher through the Teach First programme in 2017 and received an ‘Outstanding’ grade for her PGCE teaching qualification. Annie has taught French at a school in central London for 3 years, where she is also the Key Stage 3 coordinator. She holds an MA in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education at University College London.
"Learning another language is not only about different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things."
Tarandeep is an experienced Modern Foreign Languages teacher, specialising in French, German and Spanish. She holds 3 years of classroom experience teaching these languages at GCSE and A Level at a school in North London, where she was also Assistant Head of Year 9. In addition to these modern languages, Tarandeep also speaks Punjabi, Hindi and Sawhili. She now works as a full time private tutor and specialises in one-to-one and group tuition online. Tarandeep holds a BA in Law and French from Cardiff University and a PGCE teaching qualification.
"Our students discover the advantages of learning a Germanic language. It leads to a fuller understanding of the European world."
Lidia is a native Italian speaker and enthusiastic polyglot. She has taught Spanish, German and French at a school in central London since 2016, where her students have achieved excellent GCSE and A Level results. She brings her love of languages and cultural insight to every lesson, making learning accessible and enjoyable for her students. Lidia holds a degree in Languages for International Communication, a PGCE teaching qualification, and an MA European Cultural Studies from St Andrew’s University.
"Languages go beyond academia, by enabling you to connect with other cultures and people."
Alice graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in Spanish and Portuguese and MA in Education. As part of her undergraduate degree, she studied abroad at universities in Porto and Barcelona. Alice completed her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme, specialising in Spanish. She has 9 years of classroom experience teaching Spanish at GCSE and A level. She has taught in schools in the UK, US and Australia. In addition to teaching, Alice has worked as a Moderator of GCSE Spanish Speaking exams for OCR. Her lessons range from academic exam preparation for GCSE and A Level students, to immersive cultural experiences for fun learners!
"Language study enhances listening skills and memory."
Lindsay graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in Spanish, French and International Relations in 2014. She completed her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme, specialising in Modern Foreign Languages. Lindsay is an experienced teacher, having taught Spanish and French for the past 7 years. Alongside her role as a classroom teacher at a South London school, Lindsay is the Head of Modern Foreign Languages.
"Learning languages enhances your understanding and appreciation of other cultures."
Lily is a qualified French and Spanish Teacher. She trained as a teacher through the Teach First programme, achieving her PGCE qualification from University College London in 2016. Lily has 5 years of classroom teaching experience, specialising in GCSE and A level Spanish. She is also responsible for organising culturally immersive Key Stage 4 trips, including an annual trip to Madrid. Lily graduated from the University of Durham in 2013 with a BA in French and Spanish. As part of her degree, she spent one year studying at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, it goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela
Lucy graduated with a degree in Modern Languages (French, Spanish and Italian) from Durham University. She completed her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme in 2017 and has 5 years of classroom experience in London schools. Here she taught French at Key Stage 3 and 4 and Spanish at Key Stage 5. Lucy currently works as a full-time private tutor, specialising in online tuition and small group lessons.
"We learn a language for the love of languages."
Annabel is a qualified and experienced Spanish teacher. She is bilingual in Spanish and has taught GCSE and A Level Spanish for 7 years at Oakham School and Oundle School, achieving excellent results. Annabel holds an undergraduate degree from Edinburgh University and an MA in International Relations. She holds a PGCE teaching qualification from Warwick University.
"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." - Frank Smith
Miranda holds a degree in Modern Languages (French and Italian) from the University of Oxford. She completed her teacher training through the Teach First programme and has 2 years of experience teaching in the classroom. She is experienced tutoring high ability children and supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). She volunteers for the charity IPSEA which offers free advice to families of children with SEND. Alongside private tutoring, Miranda is currently training to be a barrister at City Law School.
"Speaking Chinese unlocks a gateway to 5,000 years of amazing history and culture."
Megan holds a BA and MA in Chinese from Yantai University. Megan is a qualified teacher of Mandarin, with 5 years teaching experience both in the UK and internationally in China, Pakistan, and Mongolia. She holds teaching experience at top nurseries, prep schools and secondary schools and most recently taught Mandarin and English at Wellington College, China. Megan currently works as a full time Mandarin Tutor and focuses on using a variety of teaching approaches to create a diverse and lively learning environment for young students.
"Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself. Knowledge of Chinese is a different vision of life."
Jingjing holds a Bachelor’s degree from Nanjing University and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. She is currently a PhD student at University College London, specialising in School Leadership and Teacher Well-being. Jingjing has extensive experience teaching Mandarin in both the UK and China, having taught privately since 2016. She teaches across a range of ages and abilities, from young learners, to undergraduate students and professionals. Alongside her role as a private tutor, Jingjing is Co-Founder and Academic Manager of the Chinese School London.
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