代表理事

ミツイ 直子 / Mitsui, Naoko

Education:
B.A. in English (Linguistics), Minor in Communication Studies, Certificate in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language. The University of Montana.
M.A. in Linguistics (Sociolinguistics & Anthropological Linguistics). California State University, Long Beach.

Teaching/Research Interests:
My primary interest is the effects of Coaching, Neuroscience and Special Needs Education on the acquisition of ESL/EFL. I am also interested in teacher training and creating educational materials.

Publications and Professional Presentations:
“The Complete Guide to English Writing” (2014).
“The Advanced Guide to English Writing” (2015).
“English Prepositions” (2015).
“Think, Read and Write CRITICALLY” (2016).

理事

鈴木 裕 / Suzuki, Hiroshi

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo.

Teaching interest:
I am self-educated in cognitive linguistics, contrastive linguistics, and etymology (English and Japanese). I draw illustrations to explain English grammar and word meanings.

Publications and Professional Presentations:
“Pictorial; picturing a feel of English” (2011)
“Expanding your World into English through Illustration” (2015)

中井翔 / Nakai, Sho

Education:
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Concord University.
The following graduate level Linguistics courses completed at California State University, Long Beach: Syntax, Phonology, Discourse and Grammar, Bilingualism, Second Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics.

Teaching interest:
I am currently a full-time English language instructor at a university in Kyoto, Japan, as well as an instructor trainer at a language institute. My primary areas of teaching include the TOEIC/TOEFL preparation and the English conversation for business. I am primarily interested in effects of communicative approaches in the classroom on learners’ score improvements on TOEIC.

特別顧問

衣川信之 / Kinugawa, Nobuyuki

Education & Experience:
After he graduated from Gakushuin University in Tokyo, Mr. Kinugawa instructed for Japanese Civil Service Examination and Certified Administrative Procedures Legal Specialist Examinations at a vocational school in Japan. He mainly taught  Law, Economics, Political Science and General Education. Mr. Kinugawa also developed curricula on those subjects for Fortune 1000, including Benesse Corporation and Human Academy. After he showed his strong English skills as an interpreter/translator at Honda Corporation, he established Efficacy Japan in 2010.

Teaching interest:
Mr. Kinugawa is particularly interested in implementing a various area of study, including but not limited to Coaching, Neuroscience, Cognitive Linguistics, Computer Science, Information Technology and Quantum Physics into his teaching curriculum. He is also passionate about teacher training.

宮下瑞生 / Miyashita, Mizuki

Education & Experience:
Dr. Mizuki Miyashita is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Montana. She earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Arizona (2002). Her specialization is sound pattern analysis in Native American languages. Her dissertation concentrates on syllable analysis of Tohono O’odham (formerly known as Papago, an endangered indigenous language spoken in Southwestern Arizona and Northern Mexico). She has presented and published several articles in phonology and Native American languages. Her current research interest is Blackfoot phonology. Her research in Blackfoot aims to contribute both to linguistics research and language revitalization.

Research interest:

Blackfoot Linguistics

Dr. Miyashita has been studying the Blackfoot language spoken in Alberta, Canada and Montana, US. Her interest is to investigate prosody of the language as well as to promote the use of the language assisting the Piegan Institute and the Language Culture Division at the Blackfeet Community College.

Phonology in a Yamagata Dialect of Japanese

Dr. Miyashita is interested in phonetics, phonology, and morphology in a Yamagata dialect of Japanese particularly spoken in Kahoku-cho (Yachi), Yamagata-ken.
Currently, she is researching on Rendaku in this dialect as a member of the group directed by Dr. Timothy Vance at National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (INJAL). She is also collaborate with Dr. Mark Irwin at the Yamagata University in developing the Rendaku Database.