Degree Programs

English Language Teaching Practices

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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 - Teaching Certificate

Earn an English Teaching Certificate while in ELT
ELT students have the privilege to upgrade their Type 1 Teaching Certificate to an Advanced Teaching Certificate by completing the necessary courses. Students without a Teaching Certificate have the option to join the Teacher’s License Program to earn a Type 1 Teaching Certificate for Upper Secondary School.

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Teaching practices at local high schools

Flow of Course Offerings

English Village Program for Young Students

Picture of 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.

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Message from Program Head

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When you look at English as an international language (EIL), you may soon realize that your current/future students will be more likely to communicate in English with speakers of English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) rather than with native speakers of the language. This implies that English teaching should focus more on training students to be speakers of EIL, which can be Japanese-like English but acceptable enough.

Fluency will be the key factor in the new phase of English education in Japan. Accuracy development should occur concurrently with fluency development. Therefore, you have to be ready to get rid of your baseless belief that students need to learn a large amount of vocabulary. In addition, obtaining good knowledge of grammar structures before speaking or writing in English is an outdated notion. For the students’ fluency development, opportunities for meaning-focused learning are indispensable, which, in fact, have been missing in many English classrooms in Japan.

To know is one thing, while it is quite another to do. As this proverb suggests, you need to be familiar with a variety of EFL/ESL theories. When our ELT program says you are familiar with a theory or teaching technique, you are supposed to not only know it, but also to be able to practice it in your classroom. This is what makes our ELT program different.

Hiroki UCHIDA
Dean and Director of the Graduate School
Head of English Language Teaching Practices
Professor

English Language Teaching Practices Faculty

Message from Alumni

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I highly recommend this graduate program to those who have several years of teaching experience at schools or at other educational institutions. I have tried many things to improve my students’ English skills but they were not always successful. This program enables you to think critically to identify the causes of the problems and devise solutions.

A series of teaching practicum provides opportunities to put into practice what you have learned in previous courses, thus allowing you to make a smooth transition from a graduate student to a skillful teacher when you go back to your school. Undoubtedly, we teachers are busy and do not have enough time to look back on what we have done. Why don’t you take a pause and spend some time reflecting on your own teaching here at AIU?

Takahiro ITO (Nationality: Japan)

2009 Mar.
Graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University
2016 Apr.
Enrolled in Graduate School of Global Communication and Language at AIU
2018 Mar.
Completed Master of English Language Teaching (Professional)
Currently teaching English at Akita Minami High School

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What makes me enthusiastic about my career in teaching is the succession of trial and error. In the process of pursuing the ideals we teachers have, we experience successive failures. However, we should be capable enough to learn from our unsuccessful performances. This is the skill that the graduate program of AIU equipped me with through the two-year program. ELT will help you develop the indispensable skill of analyzing your own teaching, and coming up with solutions to problems that we, as teachers, experience daily.

ELT provides you with the knowledge of English teaching theory. The theory you learn at ELT will ensure you the ability to analyze your class from multiple points of view. ELT also offers you plenty of opportunities to examine how theory can be employed in a Japanese classroom setting. The learning experience at AIU will enable you to build a skill base where you reflect on your everyday teaching, and to keep making continuous efforts to enhance your teaching skills.

Shiori SUGIYAMA (Nationality: Japan)

2016 Mar.
Graduated from Tsuru University
2016 Apr.
Enrolled in Graduate School of Global Communication and Language at AIU
2018 Mar.
Completed Master of English Language Teaching (Professional)
Currently teaching English at Hamamatsu Konan High School

Students’ Voice

To become a good teacher, sometimes the longer road will take you there more quickly. During the initial days of my career, I have thought that accumalating the experience of teaching in a classroom would be an effective shortcut. However, going to graduate school changed my perception. Although the road was long and grueling, I believe that everything I learned and experienced in ELT helped solidify my path towards becoming a better teacher.

Rika ASABA (Nationality: Japan / Undergraduate: Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University)

How does one distinguish between a great English teacher and an average one? In part, by determining whether or not a teacher can explain the rationale behind conducting classroom activities. In the ELT program, we learn not only theories but also how to put them into practice. This program provides you with the opportunity to become a great English teacher!

Masashi MIKAMI (Nationality: Japan / Undergraduate: Miyazaki International College)

As a foreigner interested in teaching English in Japan, the ELT program has provided me with knowledge that will be critical to my success as a teacher. Many of the courses provide crucial information on a wide variety of helpful topics, including Japanese school culture, official Ministry of Education guidelines, and effective approaches to teaching in the Japanese English as a Foreign Language setting.

Stephen TUCKER (Nationality: U.S.A. / Undergraduate: Metropolitan State University of Denver)

The first thing that I realied from being in the ELT program was how little I knew about teaching. I was trying to improve my teaching without theoretical foundations. Speaking with various colleagues has inspired me to explore how to teach effectively. It made me realize that designing meaningful activities is crucial to developing students’ English skills. I believe that what I gained here will support me in my future teaching.

Yuka KANNARI (Nationality: Japan / Undergraduate: Toyo University)

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Example Career after Graduation

Full-time Engish Teaching Positions at Junior/Senior High School

  • Akita Prefectural Noshiro High School
  • Shizuoka Prefectural Hamamatsu Konan High School
  • Minami Soma Municipal Kashima Junior High School
  • Miyagi Prefectural Matsushima High School
  • Katagami Municipal Ujo Junior High School
  • Taki Municipal Meiwa Junior High School
  • Sapporo Nihon University Junior and Senior High School
  • The Second High School Attached to Hachinohe Institute of Technology

Full-time English Teaching Positions at University Level

  • Akita International University
  • University of Fukui

Reappointment as an English Teacher in Akita/Osaka Prefecture