Ms. Tamate is interested in two things. One is to help her students build a solid grammatical foundation in the Japanese language. The other is to give them the tools that they can use to continue learning the subject independently even after graduation. In order to achieve those goals, she introduces various media to her classes including trendy-Japanese-T.V. dramas and graphic novels (manga). Over the years, Ms. Tamate’s students have won many prizes in National Speech Contests in Japanese sponsored by the Embassy of Japan, among other prizes. Many of her students have also been successful candidates in the JET (Japan Exchange Teachers) Program run by the Japanese government and were sent to the public school systems in Japan to assist the English-language teachers there.