My name is Ali Al-Abdulmuhsen. I'm half American and Kuwaiti and I graduated from the
University of Arizona. I have been to Japan eight times and I experienced many aspects of Japanese life.
Each year I went to Japan I did volunteer teaching. I even engaged with Japanese people in different countries such as in Kuwait and the US. I speak English, Arabic and some Japanese.
While I was in Japan in the previous years, I helped with the Tsunami relief program in Sendai with Japanese students and adults. I’m very
interested in the Japanese culture. I studied Japanese religion, literature, language, linguistics, history and other aspects of Japanese culture. I visited many shrines and temples, went to different kinds of festivals, and went to many places in Japan. I enjoy engaging with the kids, teenagers, and adults by teaching them language skills and communication skills. Also, to teach them how to interact with each other in a different language. Each language is unique and has its own method of interaction. I’m very glad that Global Village gave me this job and opportunity to teach. My two main philosophies are: the more you know the more you don’t know. The reason for that is because knowledge is infinite and everybody knows something and we can learn from each other. And the second, if you are going to make a mistake in language make it BIG! That way a person will be able to learn and making mistakes is the way to learn. No one is perfect in language even if you are a native speaker. It is my pleasure to work with Global Village team and I hope we and especially the students can learn many things from each other. I look forward in working and enjoying Japanese life in Japan.
Hello there. My name is Stephen, and I am a new teacher at Global Village. I am a Canadian who grew up in Southern Ontario, though have been living and teaching in Asia for 8 years. I am quite experienced teaching kids and teenagers, and have enjoyed working with these age groups - along with adults - in a brand new context. While I have only been Japan for a modest amount of time, I have really enjoyed living in Nagano and am grateful that I was given the opportunity to live and work here. Working at Global Village has been a positive experience - particularly working with much smaller classes that I have in the past.
Hello! My name is Sophie and I am a new teacher at Global Village. I am English and I was born near Birmingham in the centre of England but I have been living in London for the last ten
I studied French and English at university in Nottingham and have taught English in schools in France. I am passionate about languages. My next goal is to learn Japanese! I enjoy teaching English at Global Village because I get to work with both adults and children at all stages of proficiency.
I am very happy to be in Japan as I like many aspects of Japanese culture, especially Japanese art and ikebana. I trained as a florist in England and have made wedding flowers for some of my friends. I also love Japanese food, even natto!
In my spare time I enjoy running, reading, yoga, hiking and world cinema. Living in Nagano prefecture is great for me as I can go out running and hiking. I am planning to enter the Suwakko half marathon in November and would like to have a go at skiing next winter.
I hope to see you at Global Village soon! Sophie Dixon
"Trick or Treat!!"
Global Village Chino
Hi everyone. My name is Chris and I'm from Canada. I've only been a teacher at Global Village for two months, but my students and colleagues have made me feel very welcome. I enjoy reading history and studying languages. I hope that all my students find language as interesting as I do! Chris Towns
A message from Brian
When students work hard, teachers don't have to. So I want to thank everyone for making my time at Global Village incredibly easy. It was my pleasure to meet, work, and laugh with all of you. Good luck in all your future endeavors and keep up the good work! Brian Pierce