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Learning English Online, Hitomi Isono, Tokai University of Marine Science and Technology, Shizuoka


I went to an online English school when I had a gap year between high school and entering university from 2013–2014. I did not know about online English education systems until my friend recommended a school. I took a Callan method class from an online school in the Philippines and my English improved in many ways, especially speaking and fluency. My presentation will focus on the advantages and my experience of using this type of learning.


Hitomi Isono  is a third year student of department of Marine and Earth science at Tokai University, Shizuoka. She took online English classes and improved her English skills. She is interested in ocean physics such as ocean circulation, global warming and weather patterns. She is keen on studying oceanography in English. 

Education in Japan and Elsewhere, Kaho Taniguchi, Gyoshu High School, Shizuoka


The presenter used to be in the Bilingual Program of Gyoshu Junior High School. In high school, she began studying in the regular course, not the bilingual side anymore. After spending some time in the regular side, she realized how different school could be. Now, she is interested in the system of education in Japan and the difference between other countries. In this presentation, she will talk about what differences she realized between the education of the two courses, and her opinion about how education should be.”

Kaho Taniguchi
 is a 2nd year student in Gyoshu High School. She lived in Canada for two and a half years and came back to Japan when she was in grade 2 of elementary school. She was previously in the Bilingual Course of Gyoshu Junior High School.

Touring Miho-no Matsubara, Chiyu Takezawa, Tokai University of Marine Science and Technology, Shizuoka

Last year a volunteer group from Tokai University, the ATLAS club, organized an English language tour for cruise ship visitors. We guided a group of tourists to Miho-no Matsubara from Shimizu port, using public transportation (bus and water taxi). Once at the world heritage site, we explained its importance and the visitors then had free time until it was time to return. The tour was great in the end but there were some problems. I will discuss how we made the tour and how we felt throughout the tour.

Chiyu Takezawa is a third year student of the marine biology course at Tokai University, Shizuoka. She has studied English since she was seven. She will study English in Canada for 7 months this coming summer.

Moving from Fashion to East Asian Culture and Language, Kei Yoshizaki, Kokusai Kotoba Language College, Shizuoka
I studied the fashion industry abroad, but now I enjoy learning about East Asian cultures and languages, especially Chinese and Korean at my college. This has been influenced by my experience studying in Australia. There were many Asian international students and immigrants from East Asian countries, and I was involved with them at all times while there. In this presentation, I will talk about why I decided to alter my direction from fashion to learning about East Asian countries.

Kei Yoshizaki is a 2nd grade East Asian Languages student at Kokusai Kotoba Language College, Shizuoka. After graduating from high school, he spent one and a half years in Australia, studying English and Fashion Design.

Life of a Graduate Student, Business Classes, Creating a NPO and Volunteering, Yuriko Deno, Aichi University graduate, Ohara Business School and University of Shizuoka (Masters).

The presenter volunteers with a colleague at English for Everyone in Hamamatsu. The classes aim to spread the opportunities to learn English, especially among the people who have few opportunities to access classes due to pre-existing conditions. 

Yurika Deno is a second year postgraduate student of University of Shizuoka which she entered after graduating from Aichi University and the Ohara Business School. She also holds an English class as a volunteer with her friends who are from overseas. The details of the English class are below;

Using English for Business in Hong Kong, Shota Furukawa, Tokai University of Marine Science and Technology, Shizuoka

I went to the Food Expo in Hong Kong with my father on business in 2014 and 2015. My father runs an abalone farming company and we joined this expo to research the Hong Kong market. We joined as exhibitors, so I had to speak English because I cannot speak Cantonese.

NanaShota Furukawa is a third year student of Fisheries and Biological Science at Tokai University, Shizuoka. He has twice experienced a week's homestay: once in Canada, and once in Australia. His experience in Hong Kong and these countries stimulated his English use and interest in the language. He is currently studying English to use in the fisheries business in the future.

Rekindling an Interest in English, Shiori Miyaji, Kokusai Kotoba Langauge College, Shizuoka

When I was an elementary school student, I was a girl who liked speaking English very much. I started learning English at four years old. And I had pride in myself being able to speak English. But I was up against a wall at a certain time, and I lost that pride. My presentation is about the reason why I intend to learn English once again and my dream for the future.

Shiori Shiori Miyaji is a second year student at Kokusai Kotoba Language College. She is learning three foreign languages now, and she wants to be a multilingual speaker.

Hobbies and Habits to Improve English, Minori Sato, Tokoha University, Shizuoka

My English study and use is strengthened by my hobbies and habits. There are three ways in particular which help me. First, I watch either English-speaker You Tube videos, or I watch Japanese videos with English subtitles. I have been into You Tube channels since I was in junior high school, so this is an enjoyable pastime. Second, I read TOEIC or Eiken themed text books while commuting. Studying while commuting rather than at home is very effective for me, because I do not study well at home.Third, I have a thirty-minute walk to my university every day. Before I walk, I look at an English song’s lyrics, try to remember them, and then I listen to them as I walk. It helps me to better enjoy and understand the song. These methods do not exhaust me, and nor do I spend too much time on them. They become routine and my English improves efficiently and effectively.

Minori Minori Sato is a junior at Tokoha University, Shizuoka. Her major is English and she would like to be a junior high school English teacher in the future. Now she is dying to join as many events as possible, and to create good memories for the rest of her university years.

Language as Communication, Language as Identity, Sharoll Albarracin, Tokoha University, Shizuoka

Communicating with many people is a way to absorb new things and new experiences. I realised that when I moved to Japan and began to learn Japanese independently. It was not easy for me - not just the difficulty in learning how to write kanji - but also trying to understand different ways of thinking. However, the harder I studied, the more interested in Japanese culture I became. Furthermore, it also made me think how important languages are, not only for conversation, but for global communication. For this reason, I have decided to learn English as a common language, because by knowing it, I think  opportunities will open up for me to have global conversations about global problems, and this can lead toward a better future. My presentation will focus on my experience learning two different languages and how it has helped me to be who I am today.

Sharoll Sharoll Albarracin is from Colombia and has lived in Japan for seven years. She is a third year student at Tokoha University, studying English. She can speak Spanish and Japanese, and is now studying hard to improve her English. She is interested in languages and learning about different cultures. One of her dreams is to travel around the world and to help people in need from developing countries.

Also Introducing:

Akiko Master of Ceremonies / Forum Moderator: Akiko Sakamoto is a third year student of the Department of Environment and Societal Affairs at Tokai University, Shizuoka. She was born in Canada, and has lived in a few countries due to her father’s job. She is interested in the relationship between the ocean and human society, marine debris and protecting the natural environment. She is now studying Spanish too.

Nana Receptionist: Nana Kunii is a Tokai University freshman. She likes speaking with other people in English. She has never lived overseas, but has been instructed in English by native speakers.

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