Intensive English Program
Tokyo Kasei University’s Intensive English Program helps first- and second-year English Communication students improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Classes in the Intensive English Program are small, with no more than twenty students per class. This lets the program’s teachers, who have a high level of experience and expertise in language teaching, focus on the needs of individual learners and encourage communication.
The Intensive English Program’s unified curriculum allows students to improve their English while engaging in interesting discussions and completing real-life tasks, such as designing advertising campaigns and planning trips abroad. By working together, students learn both language and communication skills that they can use in real-world situations.
For third- and fourth- year students, specific Intensive English Program courses are available focusing on education, business, and hospitality. Students taking the Intensive English for Hospitality course will concentrate on English for fields such as tourism and aviation. In the Intensive English for Business course, classes will prepare students for using English in a variety of business-related situations. Finally, the Intensive English for Education course will help students learn English through the study of topics connected to contemporary English education. These courses are designed to help students prepare to use English in their future professional life in a way that is integrated with their major area of study.
The Intensive English Program helps our students become effective and confident communicators. We aim to create an environment where students can improve their English through interesting and lively discussions with their teachers and classmates. Our friendly and supportive teaching staff are always willing to help, both inside and outside the classroom.
Charles Cook earned his BSc in Music Technology from Queen’s University Belfast in 2015 and gained his CertTESOL qualification in 2016. He worked for the University of Chichester, and with a youth charity in India, before joining Tokyo Kasei University’s Intensive English Program in 2017. He is currently interested in learner motivation and approaches to lexis acquisition.
Ben Smart earned his MA in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck, University of London in 2012. He previously earned a BA in English Language and Linguistics at the University of York in 2006, and passed CELTA in 2011. Ben taught in language schools throughout Japan before joining Tokyo Kasei University’s Intensive English Program in 2013. His current research interests include attitudes to pronunciation, English as a lingua franca, and teacher cognition.
After completing post-graduate studies in education at the University of Manchester, Elaine V. Hough taught at universities in Hull, Brighton and Chichester, and also for the Open University. Elaine also taught in France, Switzerland and Hungary before joining Tokyo Kasei University’s English Communication Department. She is currently interested in motivation and intercultural communication in education.
Richard Bales received a Postgraduate Certificate with distinction in TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2010, as well as a Cert TESL from the University of Manitoba (Canada) in 2002. Before joining the Intensive English Program at Tokyo Kasei University in 2008, Richard taught in colleges and universities in Japan and Canada, and in public elementary, junior and senior high schools in Japan. His research interests include second language acquisition and task-based learning.
Marc Jones has a BA (Hons) Film & Media Studies from University of Sunderland (UK), Trinity Diploma in TESOL, and MA Applied Linguistics & TESOL from University of Portsmouth (UK). He has taught English at language schools, at companies and clinics, at junior high and high schools and universities. His research interests include teaching of listening and pronunciation, second language acquisition, materials design and task-based language teaching.
Makiko Habu is a graduate of the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program at Teachers College, Columbia University and is planning to continue her studies as a Ph.D. candidate. Before joining Tokyo Kasei University, she taught in high schools and universities in Japan and New York City. Her research interests and current projects include studies of language assessment literacy and classroom-based assessment.