At university Sawako Kitayama majored in linguistics and after working in a shipping company while studying Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, she became interested in teaching Japanese. She returned to Japan and after obtaining her qualifications she has worked as a Japanese language teacher since 2003.
I think people have various language goals relating to work, shopping, studying, dating, and living in Japan. I constantly bear in mind my students thoughts regarding, “What would make me happy if I could do it in Japanese?” and then aim to provide the information that is most useful to them. I think that as well as teaching useful subject matter, to the same extent, making students think, “I had fun today”, and “I’m looking forward to next time” is also very important