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更新日 2015-05-23 | 作成日 2015-05-22

English Language Education Program


In the English Language Education Program, we train internationally competent English teachers. We provide a program in which students can obtain a TESOL qualification overseas, and take a teaching practicum and related subjects which will allow them to work effectively in any educational setting in Japan.


Characteristics of the English Language Education Program


To nurture English teachers that meet the new educational climate


It is strongly demanded that current English education change direction from the traditional emphasis on linguistic knowledge to being able to teach practical communicative skills. Teachers are required to have a higher level of knowledge and instruction ability, be fluent in English, and have the desire to keep on learning, based on high learning goals and motivation. They have to be able to transmit a sense of joy to students and pupils that only comes from a strong sense of achievement.

Based on this educational principle, in this program we combine English education theory and practice. We offer courses in which students can train their basic research skills such as research design based on SLA research conducted at English-speaking universities in North America and elsewhere, and other course subjects such as theory of second language instruction, applied linguistics, second language acquisition theory, methods in language testing and assessment, materials design, as well as action research and lesson analysis seminars.

We have also developed, in conjunction with the University of British Columbia in Canada, a program for obtaining a TESL/TESOL Certificate which is an internationally recognized teaching qualification. Through this we aim to produce teachers who are internationally competent. For students who cannot take a two year program, we offer a short-term program in Australia in which a TESOL certificate can be obtained for a fewer number of credits.

Other than the one-month intensive practicum, we offer year-long internships that allows students to observe teachers’ work throughout the year. This internship allows students to attend morning faculty meetings, morning and day-ending homeroom class, and to observe English classes and other extra-curricular club activities. It is important to not only know the subject teaching aspect but also other essential aspects of school life such as pupil guidance and club activities.

Students that already have a first-level teaching license in English before enrolling in the program can obtain the advanced teaching license by earning 24 credits from the shared courses, the TESOL courses and other courses and seminars available in the English Language Education Course.

Basic courses on English education and its theories that should be learned in order to become an English teacher

  • English Language Teaching I (Fundamentals of English Education)
  • English Language Teaching IV (Phonology)
  • English Language Teaching V (Second Language Acquisition Theory)
  • English Language Teaching IX (Early English Education)

Practical courses that will be useful for developing English teaching skills

  • Seminar in Teaching Materials Development
  • CALL and Multimedia Materials Authoring
  • English Language Teaching VII (Language Testing and Assessment)
  • English Language Teaching Seminar (Internship)
  • Seminar in Language Information Processing (Analysis of English Using Corpora)
  • TESOL

Courses that will help improve English skills

  • Pedagogical Grammar of English
  • Seminar in English Communication I-IV
  • TESOL