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Teacher Teams

Hi! I'm Jim, the founder of Fona. At Fona, our purpose and our joy is to help you live happier and more fully. Toward that end, we have gathered people of various nationalities. You don't even have to leave Japan to experience a variety of cultures, and make international friends. We provide you the opportunity to learn many different ways of thinking and living from around the world, to give you an objective view to decide what is best for you.

Teacher Profiles

Understanding What the Teacher Says

Not all teachers can speak Japanese to explain the details when necessary. In cases where we determine that the Japanese explanation skill is also necessary, we provide an assistant teacher at no additional cost to you, the client. You may wonder why we think it's so important to be able to explain the details in Japanese.

In lessons based on the Fona School program and curriculum, understanding every detail of every explanation is very important. For that reason, you need to stop the lesson flow immediately whenever you don't understand anything.

Fona School teachers are imparting incredibly valuable, even precious gems of truth about the English language, and comparisons with the Japanese language, and other details that are crucial to your progress and understanding.

For that reason, you should never be satisfied with maybe understanding the gist of what the teacher said. You should ask every single detail when the teacher (or teacher team) is explaining any details about the language.

If the teacher is just talking about a movie they saw recently, or something like that, then just following the gist is okay, of course. When the teacher is actually in teaching mode, you need to ask everything until you are able to understand it completely.

Teacher Nationality

Not all people you encounter will necessarily be native speakers of English. Practicing English with people from various countries will give you a much better foundation to meet and communicate with a real-life variety of English speakers.

Alternating Teachers

At Fona School, we have implemented a teacher alternating program. That means that you have the opportunity early in your study career to learn from various teachers.

There is actually a huge advantage to the teacher changes you experience. If you were to stay with the same teacher for years, you would find after a time that you can communicate extremely well with that teacher. You will probably also find that you cannot communicate very well with other foreigners. This is because you and that one teacher have become so familiar with each other that you are each accustomed to the way the other talks, and you have formed communication patterns with which you are both comfortable. Upon meeting someone new, you are not used to their pronunciation, their speech habits, their accent, and so on.