Phoebe Seymour and Southern Cross University's Pro Vice Chancellor, Chris Patton, who wrote a recommendation letter for her to go to Japan on a teaching exchange.
Phoebe Seymour and Southern Cross University's Pro Vice Chancellor, Chris Patton, who wrote a recommendation letter for her to go to Japan on a teaching exchange. Contributed

Beginner language student to teach in Japan for one year

A LISMORE Japanese language student has set off overseas to teach English for a year at the seaside city of Fukui in Japan.

Phoebe Seymour was a student of Southern Cross University's Japanese conversation and integration classes when the Japanese liaison officer, Tazuko McLaren, asked if she would like to do the exchange.

"Japan is awesome, the transport is really good, they have everything I need, the people are so lovely," Ms Seymour said, a few weeks after arriving.

"The cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom so spring is on the way."

Ms Seymour is staying at the staff dormitory of the Fukui University of Technology, where she will be teaching English.

"I think they expect us to use English most of the time during the lesson to get them hearing it as much as possible," she said.

Ms Seymour said her interest in Japanese language and culture began when her family hosted an exchange student a few years back.

"Before that I didn't really know anything about Japan or the culture so (the student) really got me interested," she said.

"I like learning languages, I learnt Italian in high school and I thought I'd give Japanese a go."

Ms Seymour thinks of herself as a Japanese language beginner, however thanks to study in her own time and living in Japan, she said she was improving.

"I have enough to get by, in the city where I live not many people speak English, but I know enough to do things now," she said.

"For example I learnt how to post something the other day."

The SCU integration class brings international students and local students together for casual conversation to improve English language dialogue.

Ms Seymour said the best part about the integration classes, which are held for 1-2 hours each week, was the opportunity to meet new people.

"Not only from Japan but from other countries as well," she said. "You can make a lot of good friends that way."



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