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Message from Ritsuko Nakata

“Teachers must be responsible for the results
 they get in their classes and
 not blame the student for not achieving the teacher’s goals.”

Welcome to the IIEEC Teacher Training Center. Thank you for your interest in our organization. Our purpose and aim are to raise the standards of English Education of Children, and to provide excellent training to teachers.

There are many ways to teach, with lots of different methods and theories, however, our children cannot wait for teachers to learn how to teach. We must give our students the most effective lessons now!

The abilities of children are boundless. And it is our job as teachers to exploit their abilities so that they will learn as much as possible in our limited once-a-week classes. Teachers must be responsible for the results they get in their classes and not blame the student for not achieving the teacher’s goals. In order to do this, the teacher has to be prepared to teach in many different ways to reach all his students.

Having experienced a lot of setbacks in my own early days of teaching, I used to blame the kids for not learning or keeping up even though we played a lot of games and had fun. Students know whether or not they are progressing, and just playing games and singing songs eventually bore them, unless these things helped them retain what they learn. So I decided if we can make the whole lesson game-like and fun, students will learn and have a good time, too.

Patching all the different ways I tried and tested, I came up with what I call the MAT METHOD®. The MAT METHOD® utilizes both sides of the brain at the same time and is an organized and systematic way to teach in a minimal amount of time. Students are taught systematically with the MAT Practice Keys which keeps the focus on the target language and keeps the lesson intensive, but fun, with unique practice techniques such as the 6-second DRILL. At the same time, natural speed, rhythm, intonation and good pronunciation is mastered. I call this, Living English. We teach how people really talk. Important to language learning, reading and writing is taught while they learn to speak. Many thousands of teachers throughout Japan have attended the workshops, and have reported dramatic results. I hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Ritsuko Nakata
IIEEC Founder
Creator of the MAT METHOD®
Co-author of LET’S GO



Ritsuko Nakata is a well-known author of English teaching materials for children and the founder of the IIEEC Teacher Training Center.
A native of California, she majored in Oriental Languages at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) before postgraduate studies at Columbia University Teacher’s College, where she majored in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

She has developed the renowned MAT (Model, Talk, Action) Method, a new teaching method to teach students of all ages effectively, naturally, and quickly.

Ritsuko Nakata has written a variety of English materials for children and teachers, including IIEEC’s own range of materials, the popular Let’s Go series (Oxford University Press), and Koushite Oshieru Kodomono Eigo (Apricot).
She is advisor to Kodomo Challenge English, a magazine series for preschool children published by Benesse Corporation.
Ms. Nakata is a Specially Appointed Professor of Seibu Bunri University, Service Management Department.
She is also advisor to Seibu Bunri Elementary School which uses her MAT METHOD in its English curriculum and the LET’S GO text series.
Ms. Nakata is also on the Board of Directors of J-SHINE, the NPO project for training teachers in public elementary schools. She also volunteered her services as Chairperson for AETC (The Association of English Teachers of Children) for over 23 years.

A long time ago… -1970
The Model Action Talk® METHOD
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