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our staff

CEO/Founder

As a returnee who lived in the U.S. since the age of 11, I know the benefits of experiencing education and culture in different countries. Through 12 years of experience teaching Japanese and English, I discovered a new way to teach language easily and accurately (the Toranomon Method), and Toranomon Language School uses it to accelerate communication skills and speed up the acquisition of Japanese through cultural understanding.

Senior Japanese Curriculum Coordinator

I have been involved in Japanese language education since 1993. I have taught foreign students at Japanese language schools, vocational schools, and universities; businesspeople at foreign-affiliated companies; and individual foreigners, using teaching materials tailored to their needs.

In April 2011, I was appointed as the head of the Business Japanese Course at The Naganuma School – Tokyo School of Japanese Language, a position I held until September 2020.

Based on my experience and knowledge through teaching, I have co-authored seven books, including a collection of questions for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and a textbook on business Japanese.

Although I have retired from active teaching, I would be happy to continue helping the Japanese language education community in any way I can.

Marketing Manager

Having lived in New Zealand, the USA, Australia, Belgium and Japan, I understand how cultural differences play a part in communicating in an international workplace. It’s just as important to learn about other cultures as it is to study the language, and TLS will teach you all of these aspects. Good luck with your studies!

Learning Development Consultant

Learning is never-ending, as it is my passion to share that empowerment. I always encourage students’ creativity and higher-order thinking to develop professional skills by providing work-based learning and offering quality education. I’ve been in the field of teaching and training for more than five years. Part of my experience is working with large companies in the market across the globe, including the big 4 accounting firms, railways, real estate, engineering, trading companies, and so on. I have been training Japanese employees in all kinds of soft skills, such as project management, negotiation, being diplomatic at work, building teams, etc. You can always count on me as I have also worked in the Japanese market and can give you a lot of teaching and training that fits your needs and industry.
Always believe in yourself. See you in my class!

Technical Specialist

Bio coming soon

Yuri Kimoto

Client Coordinator

I became a Japanese language teacher to share the beautiful Japanese language and culture with everyone.

I studied abroad during college and studied comparative culture. After that, I worked for a primary international company in finance. I would be happy if this experience and my experience as a Japanese language teacher can be of help to you.

I look forward to meeting you all and having fun learning Japanese!

our teachers

Japanese program

As a returnee who lived in the U.S. since the age of 11, I know the benefits of experiencing education and culture in different countries. Through 12 years of experience teaching Japanese and English, I discovered a new way to teach language easily and accurately (the Toranomon Method), and Toranomon Language School uses it to accelerate communication skills and speed up the acquisition of Japanese through cultural understanding.

I have been involved in teaching, curriculum planning, and creating  blended educational materials inside and outside Japan. I strive to supporting students and teachers so that Toranomon Language School can provide lessons where you learn and practice Japanese you would want to use immediately after each class, and where teachers can share the wealth of their experience!

Language is a tool that expands the world. If you can understand and speak Japanese, it will open up a world you have never known before. What lies ahead? It is exciting, isn’t it? Do you think Japanese is difficult? That’s not true. Let’s learn easy-to-understand and practical Japanese, little by little, efficiently. Leave it to experienced Japanese language teachers. I am sure you will discover a different way of learning Japanese and be satisfied with the results! Let’s get started!

Since 2011, I have been teaching at Japanese language schools, with a focus on business Japanese. I have taught business Japanese for three years at universities and have experience at Japanese language schools in Taiwan. I can provide classes in any format, such as group or private lessons. I have also taught private classes according to the students’ job descriptions.

After working as a high school teacher and cram school teacher, I have been involved in Japanese language education for a long time. Recently, I have been teaching advanced speakers, which makes me think again about what kind of language can reach the heart. To learn a language and culture is to rediscover your own culture and find yourself anew. Through encounters with people from various countries and backgrounds, we have been able to improve each other. With this pride, we will work to bring out the hidden power of each individual.

Branch Relations Specialist. Tokyo Toyopet Headquarters, Toyota. Tokyo, Japan. 1994-1997. Interacted with branch managers to resolve questions related to quality control.
Managing Director. Izawa Corporation. Tama, Japan. 1997-2014. Oversaw contracting, accounting, and marketing strategy for a karaoke business generating $800,000 in annual revenue.
Actress and singer and Dancer. Wakakusa Agency. Tokyo, Japan. 1974-1982. Appeared on stage in musicals and in commercials, television specials, and movie voiceovers. 27 years experience in the entertainment industry.
I am married to an American, gave birth in Germany, and experienced parenting in the United States. I have overcome language and cultural barriers and raised my son to be bilingual (JLPT N1) and multicultural. My strength is communication, and I want to help develop a multicultural society.

After graduating from Sophia University, I worked for a major non-life insurance company Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. I have over 10 years of experience as a Japanese language instructor at a Japanese language school. I give lessons so that my students can improve their Japanese language skills through natural conversation. Let’s learn Japanese while having fun.

Yuri Kimoto

I became a Japanese language teacher to share the beautiful Japanese language and culture with everyone.

I studied abroad during college and studied comparative culture. After that, I worked for a primary international company in finance. I would be happy if this experience and my experience as a Japanese language teacher can be of help to you.

I look forward to meeting you all and having fun learning Japanese!

I have been involved in Japanese language education since 1993. I have taught foreign students at Japanese language schools, vocational schools, and universities; businesspeople at foreign-affiliated companies; and individual foreigners, using teaching materials tailored to their needs.

In April 2011, I was appointed as the head of the Business Japanese Course at The Naganuma School – Tokyo School of Japanese Language, a position I held until September 2020.

Based on my experience and knowledge through teaching, I have co-authored seven books, including a collection of questions for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and a textbook on business Japanese.

Although I have retired from active teaching, I would be happy to continue helping the Japanese language education community in any way I can.

I am an MBA-qualified senior executive with over 20 years’ experience in sales and management at international companies, having consistently performed beyond expected standards in business development and recognized commercial opportunities to secure a competitive advantage and achieve business objectives. I can operate and communicate at all levels in Japanese and English in a global, matrix management structured, multi-cultural environment.

English program

Learning is never-ending, as it is my passion to share that empowerment. I always encourage students’ creativity and higher-order thinking to develop professional skills by providing work-based learning and offering quality education. I’ve been in the field of teaching and training for more than five years. Part of my experience is working with large companies in the market across the globe, including the big 4 accounting firms, railways, real estate, engineering, trading companies, and so on. I have been training Japanese employees in all kinds of soft skills, such as project management, negotiation, being diplomatic at work, building teams, etc. You can always count on me as I have also worked in the Japanese market and can give you a lot of teaching and training that fits your needs and industry.
Always believe in yourself. See you in my class!

I began working as an English tutor for adults and children in 2001, and added online tutoring to my services in 2008. I have extensive experience living overseas as well, and so I am personally acquainted with language and cultural differences and challenges. I enjoy making a connection with people, and desire to help them obtain more confidence and success in their English skills. I seek to provide educational and fun learning sessions, and I look forward to working with you!

I am originally from London in the United Kingdom and I am a graduate of the prestigious University of London. I have been teaching in Japan for 12 years and have ample experience teaching both corporate and general English. I have developed training programs for Japanese government officies and major companies with a focus on British style business English.

I look forward to meeting you all and helping you gain more confidence while working in a foreign language!

Hello! I’m Jeanna, and I proudly hold a B.A. Degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 2019. For the past two years, I’ve been dedicated to the role of an English Instructor, gaining valuable experience in online, in-person, and private lesson settings. My expertise spans both Business English and English for Young Learners. I am genuinely excited about helping you achieve all your learning goals, and I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to work with you soon. Let’s embark on this journey of knowledge together!

Hello! It’s nice to meet you, I’m Kalynn (ケイリン). I was born in the USA, but in my teens and early 20s, I also lived in Brazil and Korea. Currently, I have been in Japan for more than 7 years. I’m a polyglot and I speak multiple languages, so I know from personal experience what it’s like to be a language learner. As for my teaching experience, I have taught English in all 3 of the countries I have lived, adding up to a total of over 15 years of experience! Here in Japan, I went to the prestigious Sophia University (上智大学). While studying there, I learned a lot about cultural diversity and global perspectives, enriching my already international mindset. I am knowledgeable about many topics for discussion, and I’m happy to share my own life story and also hear about the things that interest you. I always want to give my students a great experience: inspiring them to cross borders and explore the world we live in. At the same time, I also want to encourage my students to create and invest in friendships with people who are different from themselves. I look forward to our time together.

With over 20 years of experience in the United States and Japan, I am an engaging English teacher specializing in instructional strategies and classroom management. My passion for teaching extends beyond the classroom, as I have coached high school Cross Country and Track & Field for 15 years. I excel in effective communication, emphasizing students’ speaking and writing skills. From evaluating English listening tests to instructing grammar and oral communication, my dynamic approach ensures engaging and organized lessons. I am thrilled to share my knowledge and create a nurturing environment for students to flourish in English.

With extensive experience, I have enriched my skills through diverse and exciting roles. As an Assistant Language Teacher, I fostered language proficiency through dynamic activities. At a prominent language institute, I empowered learners to excel in English using innovative methods. During an immersive Summer English Camp, I ignited students’ passion for language. In an online setting, I facilitated interactive and impactful learning experiences. Now, I lead curriculum development while inspiring students at a reputable language school. Join me on this incredible adventure of language education in Japan’s vibrant and diverse culture!

As an English teacher with over twenty years of experience in both the United States and Japan, I offer a comfortable and respectful learning environment where you can freely express yourself. My extensive background and exceptional abilities in teaching English as a second language and English language arts ensure that you’ll have engaging lessons, ample learning opportunities, and a targeted approach to improve your English proficiency. I’m excited and eagerly await our lessons together.

Hi there! I’m Tin, and I’m all about making English learning super exciting for kids! With seven years of experience teaching students of different ages and nationalities, I’ve mastered the art of infusing every lesson with a touch of globalization. Get ready for high-energy, creative activities that will keep English lessons far from dull. Let’s embark on a learning adventure together, using innovative strategies to reach your goals. As a former international school educator, I can help kids ace their pronunciation, master phonetics, shine in drama and presentations, and so much more. Join my class, and let’s have a blast while learning! Can’t wait to see you there!

Hi, you can call me JayVun, a highly accomplished and passionate professional teacher with a proven track record of success in teaching learners of all ages. Graduated from the prestigious University of Oklahoma, my expertise lies in motivating students, improving pronunciation, thought organization, and expanding vocabulary. I excel in teaching daily conversation and young learners, providing a structured and engaging learning environment. Embracing technology, I incorporate digital tools to enhance the learning experience. With a focus on individualized support, I am dedicated to helping my students achieve their language learning goals. My vast experience, passion for English management, and innovative teaching approach make me the ideal choice for anyone looking to improve their English proficiency and succeed in their language journey.

Hello, I am Carol Tezuka, a globally experienced educator from Brazil with a diverse cultural background from living in multiple countries. With a degree in Mass Communication, I have successfully taught English and conducted TOEIC seminars in both Brazil and Tokyo. My teaching career spans across prominent Japanese corporations and ministries, and I am also a seasoned coach for Toastmasters’ contestants. I value each student’s uniqueness and aim to foster confident and persuasive communication skills while forming a strong partnership with them. Beyond teaching, I am a certified wine specialist, and I take pride in organizing wine tasting events and corporate gatherings. With my extensive experience, cultural awareness, and passion, I am dedicated to helping students improve their English skills and broaden their horizons.

Our mission

Our mission here at Toranomon Language School is to provide more than just language. Language opens up many channels in life – new friends, new hobbies, new job opportunities. We know that motivation breeds success, so we help our students achieve their goals and explore new life paths through the language skills they acquire here.

 

We want our students to walk out the door and be able to use what they learned in a practical context after every lesson. We aim for our students to converse in their second language as they would in their mother tongue, using natural and colloquial speech. Our goal is for every student to not just achieve their goals but surpass them. We also strive for all of our clients to be capable of utilizing their language skills to communicate with a global workforce with ease. We accomplish this by instilling practical skills, such as understanding idioms, making compelling presentations, and structuring proper emails.

 

How do we teach all this? We know that language learning is not just about memorizing vocabulary, but also about becoming familiar with the cultural background behind the language. At TLS, we ensure that your learning experience goes beyond the textbook in a fun, engaging, and real-world applicable way.

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