Zeljko (Jake) Cipris (Japanese)
My teaching method is eclectic, utilizing whatever works best.
Naturally, I also aim to be consistently accessible to students, respectful of your efforts, and responsive to your needs.
We are in this together; I am learning and growing as a teacher no less than you are as students.
The fact that I first started learning Japanese when I was considerably older than you probably are constitutes a positive element in the process: if the teacher could do it so can you.
Moreover, the shared perspective of a linguistic outsider confers a distinct teaching advantage: I know exactly what is involved in grappling with a complicated sentence structure or an intractable kanji.
Having traveled along the same linguistic route, I can certainly sympathize, comprehend, and help to ease some of the hardships of the journey that confronts you.
Zeljko (Jake) Cipris
Associate Professor of Japanese