Degree Programs

English Language Teaching Practices


AIU offers a unique linguistic and cultural environment for its students. English is routinely heard, spoken, and used in and out of the classroom. Numerous opportunities are available for practicing English in formal and informal settings. A robust intensive English language program, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), creates the perfect setting for observing experienced teachers doing what they do best. The Language Development and Intercultural Studies Center (LDIC) offers ideal opportunities for self-directed learning, group study, and familiarity with excellent teaching materials and resources. AIU, in other words, is the perfect campus for improving one's own communicative competence in English while learning how to be an expert at teaching others. The ELT program offers a solid foundational curriculum in language teaching theory and pedagogy while promoting opportunities to become a competent and reflective life-long learner of language and culture - in this case, English.


Expected Student Outcomes

  • Knowledge of English as a language
  • Understanding of the role of English in a globalized world
  • Comprehension and application of fundamental TESOL theories and methods
  • Familiarity with methods of inquiry in language education
  • Processing and critical analysis of information
  • Competence in language classroom communication issues
  • Ability to express oneself professionally in speaking and writing
  • Self-reflection as an educator

Feature1 - Flexible Scheduling

Complete the program at your own pace
While the English Language Teaching Practices program is generally completed over the course of two years, it can also be completed over three to four years by taking weekend classes, ideal for those currently working.

Feature2 - Teacher Licensing

Earn an English Teacher's Certificate while in ELT
ELT students have the privilege to upgrade their English Teacher’s First Class Certificate to an Advanced Certificate by completing the necessary courses. Students without a teacher’s license have the opinion to join the Teacher’s License Program to earn a First Class Certificate.

Teaching Practices
Teaching practices at local high school

Example Coursework

English Village Program for Young Students

English VillageAs one component of the Top Global University Project (MEXT),ELT students have been designing and offering the English Village Program on a regular basis, which is a three-day English learning opportunity for young students from across the country. ELT students enjoy the privilege of trying out their own teaching techniques and materials with groups of authentic students.


Message from Program Head


Head of English Language Teaching Practices

English is the most widely and internationally used language in the world today. About 500 million people call it their first language while another billion use it in addition to their native language. English no longer belongs to any one country, or any one linguistic or cultural group. It belongs to the world.

Teaching English as a second or foreign language is no simple task. To teach any language, it is important to first understand it. Teachers of English need to know about its development and history to understand how it has gained its position as an international language. They also need to know how to use it fluently and accurately themselves to model good language usage to their students of various levels and backgrounds. Most importantly, teachers need to understand the underlying principles of foreign language acquisition and be competent in choosing and implementing effective teaching practices.

The ELT graduate program at AIU is prepared to do all of the above. With diverse English learning and teaching backgrounds, the ELT faculty is committed to relevant theoretical and practical instruction in every course. The program goal is to create future leaders in English teaching practices, and to support current teachers with meaningful and up-to-date professional development, particularly within the Japanese context. If that is your goal, we welcome you to join us.


Message from Alumnus

Sakiko TAKEDA (Nationality: Japan)

2012 Mar. Graduated from Utsunomiya University
2013 Sep. Enrolled in Graduate School of Global Communication and Language at AIU
2015 Mar. Completed Master of English Language Teaching (Professional)
Currently teaching at Katagami Municipal Ujo Junior High School

“What’s the purpose of this activity?” I don’t remember how many times I was asked this question from professors and my colleagues in the ELT program. Teachers have to rely on their experiences or intuition if they don’t know the theories. On the other hand, teachers cannot apply theories if they don’t have basic teaching skills.

Initially finding the problems in my teaching curriculum was tough, but with the help from my professors and colleagues I learned that revising a teaching curriculum a myriad of times was beneficial to becoming a better teacher. It allowed me the space to grow by applying the theory and practice that I had learned in this program to my own English classes.

The most valuable feature in the ELT program is that in-service teachers and pre-service teachers can learn cooperatively. In-service teachers reflect on their way of teaching English, while pre-service teachers have real classroom experiences before starting their careers. They also have opportunities to try what they have learned as a teaching practicum in their required school settings.

Now I teach in a junior high school. Even if I make a detailed teaching plan, I sometimes encounter difficulties in my English classes. However, I can analyze my classes and find the solutions. That’s because I learned how to combine theory and practice in this program.


Student's Voice

What makes AIU the best choice in my pursuit towards professional development is the quality of education it offers. In the ELT program, we are given the opportunity to design our course study plan based on our professional aims. Driven by the goal of becoming an effective teacher to my students in the future, I strongly believe that the theoretical and practical knowledge I receive here will greatly improve my teaching skills.

Janina PARDO (Nationality: The Philippines / Undergraduate: Far Eastern University, Manila)

Updating my teaching skills has been a trong desire of mineas an in-service teacher. The ELT program offers abundant opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to practical use in real-life teaching settings, which will definitely support my professional development. Experienced faculty members and motivated pre-service teachers also broaden my view both as a language teacher and as an individual lifelong learner.

Chizuko MIURA (Nationality: Japan / Undergraduate: Akita University)

The best feature of the ELT program is the practicality. Not only can you learn a lot of teaching theories and methods that have been established, but also you can learn how to put them into practice in actual teaching settings. As an in-service teacher, I can say the lectures by experienced professors and discussions with highly motivated students both in and out of class are all practical and fruitful.

Naoki TACHIBANA (Nationality: Japan / Undergraduate: Osaka City University)

What are the qualities of a good English teacher? This was the question I had in mind before entering AIU. Now I am taking ELT courses and gradually finding the answer. If you have the same question as me, you should come to AIU. AIU will help you develop qualities necessary to be a good English teacher. Take this opportunity to become a distinguished English teacher with us in ELT!

Shiori SUGIYAMA (Nationality: Japan / Undergraduate: Tsuru University)

ELT Student


Example Career after Graduation

  • Full-time English Teacher at Katagami Municipal Ujo Junior High School
  • Full-time English Teacher at Taki Municipal Meiwa Junior High School
  • Full-time English Teacher at Sapporo Nihon University Junior and Senior High School
  • Full-time English Teacher at The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology
  • Full-time English Teacher at Shibata Municipal Shibata Higashi Junior High School
  • Full-time English Teacher at Kanagawa Prefectural Tsurumine High School
  • Full-time Lecturer at Akita International University
  • Reappointment as an English Teacher in Akita Prefecture