英語教育センター長 / 外国語学部英米学科教授
If you want to be a good tennis player, what will you do? Will you just read a book to learn how to grip a racket, how to hit a ball, how to keep score, etc? Probably NOT. I believe you will practice again and again in order to improve your skill. Then, let me ask you what you should do if you want to be a good English speaker. Do you think it is enough just to read books? Probably, NOT. You should practice again and again.
The NEEC (Nanzan English Education Center) offers you tremendous opportunities to practice English. The NEEC's experienced Language Instructors teach you regular English courses at Nanzan University. Our student assistants help you practice English at our renowned World Plaza between 11:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Friday. We are proud to be an essential part of Nanzan University's far-famed English education. Come and visit us! I am looking forward to meeing you at the NEEC.
英語教育センター副センター長 / 外国語学部英米学科准教授
English is useful. English enables you to travel abroad, make friends with people from different cultures, and access a variety of information. English expands your horizon, deepens your understanding of your native language and culture, and sometimes helps you find a job. Study English. You have much to gain and nothing to lose.
英語教育センター上級語学講師(S.L.I.) / 准教授
The best kind of learning takes place in a social environment, and that is what you’ll find at the NEEC’s World Plaza. By practicing your English outside of class in our foreign language only environment, you’ll be able to enhance not only your language skills but also your connections with people. Come to the World Plaza. Be active in your learning. Your passport awaits.
Let me share with you one of the things my former student, Risa Hayashi said: "University is like an autumn forest full of red
leaves, and it is our, students' job to go around it and collect as many leaves as we can. Our teachers can describe that forest or give
directions to it, but at the end it is our responsibility to find where we go and what we collect." So, my dearest students, don't miss
any of these wonderful opportunities that Nanzan is offering you! Good luck in gaining as much knowlege as you can during your
university life that unfortunately lasts only four years.
“Every journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, Lao Tzu (600-531BC). Journeys will take you places far from where you begin. Look at what you have already achieved. Babies cannot walk, talk, and cannot communicate with smartphones. However, you know something about the many wonderful people, adventures, and places that make our world so fascinating. University is a time to help you spread your wings, and get you ready for a future you can only imagine, but cannot be certain of. Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) said, “I hear babies cryin'. I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know, and I think to myself. What a wonderful world”. Learn the languages of the world and enjoy it.
When learning a new skill, I think it is really important to make mistakes - the same is true of speaking English. The only reason I speak English better than you is only because I have made more mistakes than you have. The same is true of why your Japanese is better than mine. It is difficult to feel confident to make mistakes in front of others, I understand that completely. I also feel embarrassed when I speak to others in Japanese and make mistakes. But making mistakes is part of improving your skills … the sooner you make 1million mistakes, the sooner you will speak English like me! Good luck and start making mistakes today!
I've been a teacher all my adult life, about 20 years now in both The USA and Japan.
I absolutely love my job and I enjoy the interaction with my students very much.
When you see me on campus, please just call me Chris and feel free to ask me questions.
I have a lot of advice about improving your English but I would like to choose one point that the other NEEC teachers didn't talk about. I highly recommend keeping a vocabulary notebook or word cards, and reviewing those as often as possible.
For example, study on the train or between classes. I do this myself with learning Japanese and you'll be amazed at how much just 15-20 minutes a day can improve your English. Try it!
Good luck and see you around campus :)
NEEC's World Plaza provides a wonderfully warm learning atmosphere. By
coming to the World Plaza you have a chance to practice your English as
well as meet others who also wish to improve their communication skills.
Hope to see you there soon!
The best way to learn English is to speak English as much as possible. In the classroom your teachers will plan activities for you to practice your English. But you still need a place where you can improve and be provided with more practice of the language. That is what we have at NEEC's World Plaza. At the World Plaza, you will meet people who are just as interested as you are to learn and acquire English, find learning materials to further support your studies, the chance to participate in language learning events, and learn from English teachers that you may not have the chance to meet in the classroom. So, come and visit us soon!
When we learn a new language, we also have a chance to learn about a culture that is different from our own. If you have a hobby or something you like to do, find a way to do it in English. Try listening to English music and watching movies in English in order to learn new words you can then practice in class. You can also learn more about English speaking culture that way. Keep a pen and notebook with you when you watch movies in English so you can write down new words before you forget them. Watching things in English on Youtube or listening to English podcasts on the way to school is also a fun and helpful way to learn the language and culture. The important thing is to make studying enjoyable and connected to what you are already interested in, it will help to keep you motivated to learn more.
Learning a new language, any language is, or can be, very difficult for the majority of people, however, if it was easy then everybody would be doing it and it would not be so rewarding when you are able to communicate in another language with someone. Don't be afraid, keep going, make many, many, many mistakes, take every opportunity you can to use a different language and the rewards will be there for you. If you see me around campus or in the World Plaza, please come and say hello, I love sports, particularly football, rugby and martial arts and music, both playing and listening to.
What are you interested in? Music? Sports? Science? If you want to improve your English, choose a topic you are interested in and try learning about it or doing it in English. Read the lyrics to your favorite hit songs. Sing in English at karaoke. Follow the news about a sports team in English. Join an international sports club. Learn scientific vocabulary, read about cutting-edge discoveries, and discuss interesting scientific developments with your friends. English is not only for the classroom. In fact, it will be more useful for you outside of class! It’s a tool for you to learn about and discuss many different subjects and a way for you to connect with the world.
Do you want to be a fluent English speaker? English learning takes time and effort. You need to work hard on a daily basis. If you want to improve your English skills, you need to put yourself in an English speaking environment as much as you can. Taking English classes or going abroad to study English are some ways to do that, but NEEC's World Plaza is also a perfect place for you to practice your English! Why not take advantage of it? Don't worry about making mistakes. Just enjoy communicating in English!