On the theme of promoting Japanese language education in Scotland, today we would like to introduce Fiona Lawtie, a teacher of Japanese in Orkney. (Fiona-sensei is standing at the back of the photograph in the bottom-left. “Sensei” means “teacher” in Japanese.) Fiona-sensei spent her childhood in Japan, and after graduating from university she went to the island of Miyake-jima, living and working there for two years between 1997 and 1998 as an English teacher on the JET programme*. After that she returned to Scotland, and she is currently teaching Japanese to children in Orkney.
Fiona-sensei incorporated her experience in Japan into the recent Japanese culture event in Orkney, which was a great success. We look forward to her future activities. It would be nice if ex-students who were taught English by Fiona-sensei in Miyake-jima had a chance to read about her recent activities.
*The JET programme is an abbreviation of The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, and it is carried out by local governments with the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). For details, please see the JET Programme website.