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October 23, 2013

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Ex-JET wins Pearson Teacher of the Year award

crispin-chambers.jpgA former English language teacher in Japan has been recognized for the outstanding work he has done to teach and promote the Japanese language in the UK.

While a participant on the Japanese government's JET Programe, Crispin Chambers taught English for two years in Awaji-shima, Hyogo Prefecture before spending a year as a JET programme co-ordinator in Tokyo. After returning to his native UK he gained an MA in Japanese at Sheffield University. In the mid-1990s he took up a position teaching Japanese and French at Tavistock College in Devon. He now heads the Japanese department at the secondary school. There are 1,200 pupils studying Japanese at the school, from Year 7 to A-level, which makes it one of the biggest Japanese departments in the country. The school has an annual exchange visit to Tokyo and the Japanese embassy has described Mr Chambers as a "trailblazer" for promoting the language.

Earlier this year he won a regional teaching award for the South West of England, which earned him a position as a finalist for the Pearson National Teaching Awards 2013. It was the first time a teacher of Japanese, and an ex-JET had been nominated.

The national awards ceremony was held on Sunday night at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London and was attended by 66 regional winning teachers, awarded schools and colleges. 10 national prizes were awarded.

Read more about Chambers on Pearson's Teaching Awards website.

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