TEACHING STAFF

  • Kiyomi Fujii

    Professor
    Chair, English Language Program
    Director, Essential English Center

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.305

    Communication competence is very important. Language is one of the tools, but other things, such as knowledge of other cultures, are also important. It is never too late to start something new!

  • Ayako Hisatsune

    Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.303

    To be a good speaker, you have to use English. Try the next 3 things every day: Make 3 English sentences. Say those 3 sentences aloud. Write them down in a diary. You will be pretty fluent in a year!

  • Casey Bean

    Associate Professor
    Vice Chair, English Language Program
    Associate Director, Essential English Center

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.204

    Finding a chance to speak English can be difficult, but KIT has a lot of resources that can help you improve your English ability. Please take advantage of them!

  • Etsuko Inoguchi

    Associate Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.208

    Welcome to the world of language! By learning English, you will discover and express yourself in a totally new perspective. I hope to help you enjoy your English study at KIT. Please come and visit me anytime!

  • Brent Wright

    Associate Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.316

    We tend to remember things better if we are interested in them. I think the same is true in learning English. If you can learn to enjoy something in English, for example your hobby, you will remember it better. You may not be interested in every topic in every class, but if you look around, I think you will find something interesting. Try English Lounge, Mini-Workshop, or talking with one of the English teachers. I am sure you will find something that interests you, and that will help you learn English.

  • Martin Wood

    Associate Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.317

    To improve your English you need to use your English. You have an excellent opportunity to practice using English while you’re studying at K.I.T. If you make the most of this opportunity, your English will get better. We are here to help you.

  • Justin Whittinghill

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.208

    There’s a famous Japanese saying which loosely translates to: “If you collect enough small pieces, eventually the pile will become a mountain.” This is how you can think about studying English at KIT. Try to focus on getting and practicing a few pieces in each class. When you finish, you’ll have a mountain of knowledge and skill. The key point? Try your best to collect those little pieces!

  • Owen Yonehara

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.304

    Learning English is a lot like hiking up to the tallest mountain you see in the horizon. It is an endeavor that requires the right preparation and persistence. The path will be expectedly arduous and full of pitfalls. However, this journey can be one of the most transformative experiences in your life. Follow the trail or make your own, and many opportunities and an immense community of English speakers await you. We are here to guide you up the mountain. See you there!

  • Marc Arndt

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.310

    Students have a broad range of goals in English. Some may hope to one day be fluent while for others it may be enough to be able to watch movies, listen to music, or participate in basic conversation. At the EEC we are here to help every student reach their personal goals in the English language. Come see us outside of class during office hours for help, or just for a conversation! You’ll be glad you did.

  • Shabnasri Selva Mohan

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.311

    Good English communication skills are essential for success in the 21st century. It can help you make new friends, enhance your academic success, and prepare you for exciting new opportunities. The first step in learning English: Be curious about it! EEC teachers and staff are available to support you in your time with us. So, get a kick-start to the world of opportunity in the language of the world through our exciting courses and activities. Happy learning!

  • Jeff Wu

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.309

    Before anyone becomes an expert, everyone is a beginner first. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because they are the proof that you are learning. English may seem intimidating at first, but with your effort and determination, we can make it easy.

  • Lacie Shimizu

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.209

    Learning a new language can be challenging, scary, and frustrating. However, it is also humbling, rewarding, and extremely beneficial. Speaking a different language creates opportunities and allows you to connect to new people and can take you to new places.

  • Joseph Fowler

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.307

    Whatever you are studying, it is important not to worry about making mistakes. If you try your best, then you can only learn by making mistakes, and crucially, learning from them. So please make a lot of mistakes! Also, if you relax, enjoy yourself, and try to have fun, you will learn a lot more. Remember, I am here to help you, so ask me anything!

  • Ngan Vu

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.205

    Learning a new language helps people become global citizens and give them a different set of eyes observing the world. Learners undoubtedly go through trials and errors which eventually result in self-growth. Be experimental, persistent and find your own ways of personalizing your language learning process. A venture awaits. We are here to support you.

    “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne

  • Camyla Yamashiro

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.207

    For many people, learning a new language seems like an impossible task. However, if you can find love in the work, then what looks impossible will become the journey of a lifetime. Through art, music, video games, movies, and so many other things, you can find your love of learning a new language. That is what I did with English! If I did it, you can do it too! The real classroom is waiting for you to find it, and let's go in search of it together!

  • Jonathan Peel

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.206

    We all learn in different ways. Some people benefit from seeing language written down and processing it in their own time. Others like to be around people and to learn through observing and repeating things they hear. Whichever method makes you comfortable, it’s important to have a balance between input (listening and reading) and output (speaking and writing). Find the balance and enjoy the ride.

  • Conor Powers

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.315

    Learning a new language is hard. There is just about no other way to say it. Learning English, in particular, is especially difficult. It is just so different from Japanese. Our grammatical systems drastically differ, and in order to learn English, you need to think in an entirely different way. So, is it worth it to learn English? Does the struggle of learning outweigh the effort needed to produce results? The answer to this question is up to you. Can you find the intrinsic motivation necessary to make your English education a success? Regardless of your decision, I am always here and ready to help.

  • Kaunapawa Nangula

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.312

    Learning English is like learning to ride a bicycle. Through the processing of learning to ride, you’ll fall (which is basically similar to making mistakes); you’ll bruise yourself (which is equivalent to failing). However, those difficulties shouldn’t deter you from your goal of learning English. You will need to persist until you know how to ride your bike. You’ll need to continue learning despite the obstacles until you can actually ride the bike. Don’t give. Keep fighting. You’ll get there. 頑張ってください!

  • Jack Lin

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.306

    Learning any new skill is always beneficial. Some might think that English is a skill they will never need or use. In life, each journey is unpredictable as we never know what we’ll encounter. Learning English can expand your communication abilities and allow you to meet people from all over the world. You can gain new knowledge and experiences that cannot be bought or ever taken away from you. So, have fun with English and do your best! We’re here to help!

  • Alexis Pusina

    Assistant Professor

    Teacher Profile (Japanese)

    Room 23.318

    Studying English and developing intercultural communication skills will absolutely help in your future career. If you make a commitment to improving your language and cultural understanding skills, you will become a more talented individual. Let's work together to build your skills.

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