Sinyoung Ra Evans is a born-in-Japan, Korean-American instructor. She started her career teaching English in Japan, and currently teaches Japanese in public school, through an online program, and at Champlain College.
"From the beginning, my teaching philosophy has remained the same: teacher as a learner, teacher as an entertainer! In other words, I try not to forget to see the lesson plans, materials, and activities from the learners' point of view. Probably I am lucky to be a non-native speaker of English who needs to keep monitoring English language use consciously and subconsciously in my daily life. I try to find something interesting—such as songs, games, films, products, and such—so that students can connect their target language to the real world naturally. As I travel nationally and internationally, as I teach in the classrooms, as I guide and translate for exchange programs in Japan and in the U.S., I truly believe connecting knowledge to actual successful communication brings genuine smiles to the students and contributes significantly to their achievement of the learning."
Sinyoung Ra Evans has an MA in TESOL from Saint Michael's College and a Vermont State K-12 educator's license for ESL and Japanese.
- Organizer for CCM Japanese movie event, 2010–present.
- Interpreter/chaperone for the International Experience program in Japan at South Burlington High School, World Languages Department, 2007–present.
- Online Teaching: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Presentation at Vermont Japanese Teachers' Association. Middlebury College. 2018, December.
- Exploration of Gamification in Language Learning. Presentation at Vermont Japanese Teachers' Association. University of Vermont. 2017, November.
- Attended International TESOL Convention, Atlanta, Georgia. March 2019.
- Attended ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. New Orleans, Louisiana. November 2018.
- American Association of Teachers of Japanese Language (AATJ)
- Vermont Japanese Teachers' Association
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)
Born in Japan as a second-generation Korean, I have a strong interest in social education as well as language education.