Thomas is a core member of the Tokyo Academics Reading, Writing, and English faculty. Tom hails from Australia, but has traveled the world, with degrees from home (University of Melbourne) and abroad (Sciences Po, in Paris). A global citizen, Tom has lived in Australia, France, India, and Russia, before arriving in Japan. Thomas is a journalist and editor for Metropolis, one of Tokyo’s largest English-language periodicals.
Why did you come to Japan?
I have always been fascinated by Japan — its rich culture and sense of tradition as well as its vibrant modernity. I moved here following a teaching stint in Moscow, Russia. As an Australian, it was amazing to transition between these two societies that are vastly different from my own.
What’s your favorite thing about Tokyo Academics?
My favorite thing about working at TA is the support and freedom to think creatively that I receive from my colleagues, which challenges me to constantly improve on my methods. It has taught me to be a better teacher.
What’s your favorite idea to teach?
Since working at TA I have developed a passion for teaching grammar. While I could never choose a favorite grammar principle — as a parent could never choose a favorite child — I do take favor towards rules surrounding pronouns, modification, and clause structure. I also love and strongly advocate the oxford comma.
What’s your favorite hangout spot in Tokyo?
My favorite hangout spot in Tokyo is Yokohama, which is not in Tokyo at all. It provides a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the capital, and I make a quick escape whenever I have the time.