Introducing Japan as a Tour Guide (8 Weeks) (IJV101)

Monday 19:10-21:30
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Patrick Lovell
This course requires an English proficiency level of Intermediate and above: For lower level learners interested in the course, we recommend first taking our General English classes to help you build a stronger foundation for achieving your volunteer tour guiding goals.
Tokyo (Maps & Directions)
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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are providing opportunities for many people to step up and become volunteers to welcome the world to Tokyo and Japan. Here is your chance to discover and learn how to provide the best Japan experience to English-speaking visitors from abroad. As you point out specific historical or cultural attractions, for example, how can you deepen the tourist's appreciation of Japan's past by referring to certain events that might be of interest (for example, famous movies on Shogun, Samurai, Geisha, etc., are movies that foreign visitors are familiar with.) How can you explain certain cultural customs and practices that may make tourists wonder "Why do the Japanese do that?" (the custom of taking a hot bath/onsen; taking slippers off, bowing, etc.) How do you deal with a problem that arises while you are guiding (a cultural or linguistic misunderstanding happens, for example, or a tourist gets sick--how do you ease their anxiety?) How can you speak confidently, informatively and entertainingly? Learn more about what makes an outstanding guide and how you can introduce Japan in a way that people come to understand it, appreciate it and want to come back. Who knows? Perhaps, you might even find that this is something you can become passionate about and carry on even after the Olympics. By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated their understanding of the basics of the guiding
industry as it relates to volunteer guiding. Through discussions and role play, students will have the opportunity to practice techniques and English phrases helpful to becoming a successful volunteer tour guide. The course is open to Japanese and non-Japanese nationals interested in becoming the best ambassador for Tokyo and Japan.


Patrick Lovell

Patrick first came to Japan as a college student from the U.S. and lived with a Japanese family. Upon completion of his BA in Secondary Education and East Asian/Japanese History at Western Washington College (now University), he returned to Japan and has stayed since. He has taught business English, conducted seminars on effective English in meetings, presentations, and negotiations to Japanese students, and taught Japanese Social Studies at Nishimachi International School. Over the last fifteen years of his forty-year stay in Japan, Patrick has developed a custom tour service providing foreign visitors with insightful off-the-beaten-path experiences and tours in Japan. He has also participated in trainings established by prefectural government entities aimed at training Japanese volunteers in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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