I started my U-ToC journey on December 2016 with the Introductory class and here I am one year later after graduating from the Practical class, writing a thank you note for all the people associated with U-ToC who have been an essential part of my Japanese learning journey.
Learning at U-ToC has been a fun experience.
The teaching methodology used at U-ToC focuses on the holistic learning of the student. Students gain the theoretical knowledge in the main class, improve their reading skills in the Reading class while simultaneously learning kanji in the Kanji class; both of which are a part of Yomikaki class. And for the conversation skills part, students get to practice their conversation skills while interacting with the teachers and the U-Toc volunteers in the ‘Oshaberi time’ which is scheduled every month, call it cultural exchange or an opportunity for practising the conversation skills. I specially enjoyed participating in the ‘Oshaberi time’. The cheerful volunteers were amazing, always boosting the students with confidence, appreciating and encouraging them to speak in Japanese, even if the students knew a little. Also, resolving the students’ questions or queries, be it regarding the language course or outside of it. They explained it in the best way possible. I thank each and everyone of them. They have played a major part in improving my conversation skills.
Not only this, the U-ToC staff actively organises various events so that the students can get to know the culture and customs of Japan. The various tasks and responsibilities are divided among the students to ensure their participation and interaction. These events are also an opportunity to make friends with other students and volunteers.
The best thing about U-ToC’s teaching method is that the teachers use various illustrations making it easy for the students to grasp the lesson really fast. The contents of the book used for teaching are very well-structured, enabling step by step learning. For my JLPT exam I studied from the U-ToC kanji book. It is the perfect book for learning kanji while simultaneously improving the vocabulary, by reading and practising the example sentences given for each kanji. Also, I gained a lot of general knowledge about famous places of Japan and it’s cuisine by reading books provided in the Reading class.
I am thankful to the U-ToC staff, all the teachers, the U-ToC volunteers and all my classmates for this lovely experience. I am absolutely delighted that U-ToC was a part of my learning experience and is surely and will be my best and most memorable time in Japan. It has made me more confident for my life.
Please accept my sincere gratitude for all the valuable support which has helped me in taking my learning to the next level.
I am falling short of words to express my gratitude towards all of you.
Thank you once again!