Hi! My name is Alysa and I have been teaching English as a foreign language for the past three years in the beautiful and unique country of Japan. I am from southern California and I have a masters degree in teaching English as a second language. Before moving to Japan, I was a substitute teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching at elementary schools in the San Fernando Valley area. In the past, I have used visual aids to help English learners remember vocabulary, grammar, and common phrases. I have also used oral drills, total physical response and gesturing as well as group discussion and presentations to teach my lessons. The immersion method is a good way for students to use the target language without relying so much on their native language and allows them to learn English naturally. I have found this method to be fun and effective. I look forward to teaching you on Verbling!