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Tokyo

Naoko Saito
IIEEC Trainer

I lived in Los Angeles, California between the ages of three to six and in Fort Lee, New Jersey from eleven to fourteen. After returning to Japan I graduated from Gakushuin University, where I majored in French Literature. I worked in a Tokyo Branch of a French bank, and later taught Japanese to foreigners in Japanese.

Although I attended schools in the States and have had teaching experience as a Japanese teacher, teaching English to children was not an easy task at first. I discovered Let’s Go at a book store and learned about the MAT METHOD. I took the IIEEC Certified Teacher’s Course in 2007 and became a MAT Certified Teacher. Now, teaching with the MAT METHOD, the lessons are enjoyable and exciting and I watch my students’ improvement with amazement.
I became an IIEEC trainer in 2008. It is my great pleasure to help English teachers (they come from all over Japan!) to acquire the MAT METHOD.
See you at the workshops!

Naoko Kita
IIEEC Trainer

After graduating from Aptos High School in California, I came back to Japan and went to Sophia University and majored in sociology..

After teaching children for several years, I took the TOEIC test with a score of 910, and set up my own school in Asaka city, Saitama in 1997. I began using the MAT METHOD in 1998 when I began to attend IIEEC Study Group meetings and workshops. I attended the Tokyo Study Group meetings enthusiastically because the MAT showed me that although each student has a different character, different abilities and interests, they are able to speak English the 80% of the lesson time which always amazes me. Using the MAT METHOD, I would like to develop and expands my students’ abilities even more.

I became a trainer in 2009 and have presented at the IIEEC-OUP Teacher Training Certificate Program. I am happy to share the MAT METHOD with other teachers as a trainer.

Mitsuko Kurihara
IIEEC Trainer

I was born in Hidaka, Saitama and went to the Holy Hope Lutheran High School in Hanno. After that, I attended the Lutheran High School in Los Angeles for a year as an exchange student.

After I came back from the States, I taught English at Nissait English School and then moved to Matsumoto, Nagano, where I worked at Core Junior Club, teaching around 70 students, and met Mrs. Nakata and MAT in 1997. After I moved back to Hidaka, I opened my own school, the “Let’s Go Hidaka English Club.” I also teach at two nursery schools.

I became a trainer in 2000 and have presented many workshops for IIEEC.  I am very happy to be on the team to help teachers learn and use the MAT METHOD, and to help improve the English education for children in Japan.

Junko Nakamura
IIEEC Trainer

BA in English Literature, Waseda University / TESOL certificate from UCLA Extension

Originally having worked as a high school English teacher in Japan, after several years in the US, I started teaching English to children at my own English school, ORANGE ENGLISH CLUB, in Tokyo, and in 2003 I encountered the MAT Method.  I was really amazed to find how the MAT Method can transform English lessons into an active and fun experience and how effectively students can learn English. After I became a MAT certified teacher, I moved to the US again where I had a chance to get involved in ESL education for Japanese children in Los Angeles.

Coming back from the US, I worked at St. Margaret’s School in Tokyo as an English teacher for 11 years until 2020.

Teaching at ORANGE ENGLISH CLUB every day, I strongly feel that fun is the key to successful English learning acquisition. English learning with the MAT Method involves lots of speaking activities and movement and I believe it enables children to learn English in a fun and active way.

 

Kyoko Tomida
IIEEC Trainer

I was born and grew up in a small town called Mikkabi in Shizuoka. After graduating from Nagoya Women’s College, I started teaching English to children at Core Junior Club in Hamamatsu. This is where I first met Ms. Nakata many years ago.

After teaching at the school for 5 years, I went to America to study TESOL at the University of California, Riverside. I researched and studied many teaching methods there, but I strongly believe that the MAT METHOD is the most successful method I have ever come across.

I came back to my hometown from the U.S. with a TESOL Diploma in 1994 and rebuilt the school I had established in 1987, the AIEC English School in 2007. We provide fun, effective English lessons to all different age groups using the MAT METHOD. I love to teach English almost as much as I love my two children.

I became an IIEEC trainer in 2000 and have presented many workshops for IIEEC. I have been working with elementary school teachers as a Mokasho Hammamatsu-shi Shogakko Eigo Katsudo Trainer since 2007.

I really am excited about sharing the MAT METHOD with other teachers!

Osaka

Noriko Matsumoto

Since I had spent some of my childhood in California and Canada, I always had a feeling that something must be changed in the way English is taught in Japan. After graduating university, I taught English in high school, but even after my children were born, I still wanted to teach, so I started some classes at home in Kobe. A colleague introduced me to Koushite Oshieru Kodomono Eigo, a book about teaching with the MAT METHOD, which was written by Ritsuko Nakata
I attended my first IIEEC Study Group meeting in 2003. I knew then that, “This is it!” With the MAT METHOD, you can make your lessons student-centered and have your students TALK in English. I became a staff member in 2004 and I am now training teachers at our meetings. It is my pleasure to be able to share this effective method with all of you.
Please come to our meetings.


Etsuko Masuda

After I graduated from a junior college, I got a position as an English teacher for kids at BIC English School in Osaka. However, after I got married, I transferred to a university to get a teaching license. I returned to the position at Bic after having 3 kids. Now I work in several schools and teach English from infants to high school students. I live in Nara.
I came across the MAT METHOD at a meeting in 1993 of AETC (The Association of English Teachers of Children) which Ms. Nakata was Chairperson. Since then, I have believed that there is not a better teaching method than MAT which is very effective and epoch-making. I became a staff member of the Osaka Study Group in 2006. It is a pleasure to help train various teachers of elementary schools and English schools at our Study Group Meeting♪

Fukuoka

Makoto Sakamoto

I began teaching English to children in 1985 and worked for Core Junior Club for twelve years. Ms. Nakata came to train the teachers during this time, so I have known her for a long time.
I established my own school in 1998 using the MAT METHOD. MAT not only makes lessons and games enjoyable, it has certain techniques to make them effective. Compared to when I used to teach wasting time just playing games, MAT saves time, but keeps the lessons fun and effective. I began participating in the Fukuoka Study Group meetings enthusiastically in 2002 from my home in Miyazaki. Around the same time, I began teaching in the public elementary schools and now I am fully involved in teaching 10-15 hours a year in their English program. I have given workshops for other school teachers in my area as well. The MAT METHOD is great for teaching large groups effectively and with lots of fun and I can also confirm that students really do learn and retain the lessons well. I encourage all school teachers to learn how to teach with MAT.
I have been on the Fukuoka Study Group staff since 2004 and I am enjoying training teachers and presenting workshops for them.