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Messages from the Instructors

Messages from the Instructors

Frederick Bacala

English is a language that is used throughout the world in communicating with people from all walks of life. In order to succeed in the global environment, one must be able to communicate. English is that tool to help you succeed. Please come to my class with an open mind, and while you are learning English, also learn about culture. This is important because language and culture are very much related. When I teach language, I also teach culture. An open mind and strong study habits are the way to succeed. I look forward to seeing you and also look forward to your success! 

Thomas Gardner

Why are young children so great at learning language? They don’t judge themselves harshly, they are not afraid of making mistakes, and they use the language as much as they can without hesitation. The biggest challenge you will face when learning a second language is yourself. If you believe you can, you will. 

Yoko Igarashi

Nice to meet you, everyone. Do you enjoy learning English? English is a tool for communication. It can help expand your world and broaden your perspective. Learning a foreign language means you also learn about its culture. At the same time, it becomes a mirror to look at your own language and gives you opportunities to think about your own culture. Through this experience, you'll encounter a lot of different ideas. Let's enjoy this interesting and enjoyable journey with me.

Hayley MacCallum

English has fast become the language of global communication and being able to use English means you can have the World at your feet.
"But leaning English is hard" you say. Yes. It is. I understand that learning a language is hard as I have done it myself. But, you only get out what you put in. Study hard and you can succeed. I would like to help you on that journey in any way I can. Languages are used to communicate and we cannot fully learn a language if we don't learn how to communicate using that language. Use your time at YCU to use English. Take as much opportunity in class, with teachers, and with friends to use English and you will improve.

Being in hospital can be scary, but add in a different country and language, it can be even scarier. So, with my nursing background I can bring my skills and experience into the classroom to help YCU's medical and nursing students build their skills and confidence with English to make a patient's time in hospital easier.

Yuzuko Nagashima

English is not just a tool for communication. Since we understand ourselves, others, and the world through languages, they are a very important part of who we are, what we think, and how we live our lives. Thus, I believe by being in the process of becoming bilingual or multilingual, you will immerse yourself in opportunities that you have never imagined before; you will learn how to see things from different perspectives, meet new people from all over the world, and express and share your thoughts with them in a critical and creative way. And most importantly, you will learn how much you take things that you have now for granted and how your opportunities are limitless! So, let’s learn a language in a way that could maximize our opportunities in our lives. Let’s learn another language so that we can become who we want to be and what we want to do. Happy learning! 

Paul Nehls

Learning English is important for students who wish to graduate and compete in today’s job market. It is my task to help YCU students achieve their goals in regards to using English for their future. Also, through the PE classes at YCU, students can use English to unlock other opportunities beyond that of business and work. For example, there are more English websites on the internet than in any other language! English can unlock hours and hours of learning, exploring and entertainment potential for anyone who can understand English. I look forward to helping students unlock all of their English learning potential! 

Cameron Nitta

English can help you build bridges to new friendships, opportunities, and experiences. As our world becomes more connected with technology and social media networking sites, communication will play a greater role in our everyday lives. But learning English requires an open mind and a fearless attitude. Do not worry about mistakes. Because mistakes should be celebrated as opportunities to learn.  

Hiroaki Ohashi

I believe that English is a means for communication. You may be able to build and enjoy a new persona in the journey of mastering this language. I hope you will learn to rediscover about yourself and your mother country in the process. 

William Penny

From my past experience teaching English as a Foreign Language I have learned that assisting students with their learning can be very rewarding. But I have also learned that it is a two-way street. The learners who are most successful are the ones who decide that their objective is to improve their English using all of their energy. They attend class, they participate in activities, and they complete the assigned homework. Test preparation is also an important part of the Practical English Curriculum. However, building your language skills involves a much bigger commitment: practicing your English everyday through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The Practical English Center and its Instructors are here to help you. Let’s enjoy learning English together!! 

Brennen Terrill

Welcome to YCU. You have the rare opportunity to learn English in a practical and supportive environment, with a motivated student body and an entire department of dedicated and helpful teaching professionals. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn and use English on a daily basis by visiting your teachers regularly. We are always glad to see you and love to talk to our students and one of us can always be found lurking in the hallways just looking for the chance to provide assistance with your language studies or just to have a friendly chat! If you need help with any of your academic writing (e.g., study abroad essays, classroom assignments, graduation thesis, etc.), then visit the Writing Center or reserve an appointment through the PEC today! 

Prurmel Barbudo

Hello everyone.
Time and again, I have often heard my students say that they are not confident with their English skills. Just like you, English is not my mother tongue. In fact, it is my third language, so I understand you fully. I know the struggles and challenges of mastering a foreign language. I personally dealt with the fear of making mistakes in another language. While I was learning, I was too concerned with what others may think of me. As a foreign language learner, you will commit mistakes, but that is okay. Making mistakes is good because it is a natural part of learning. When you accept your mistakes, you can learn from them and do better next time. I am glad to help you improve your English skills by making our interactions fun and engaging. With bold determination and a great deal of practice, just like me, I know you can succeed too in your English studies!

Jonathan Phipps

One question that often arises in education is, “How can I improve….?” The blanks can be filled in with many ideas: “How can I improve my speaking?”, “How can I improve my writing?”, “How can I improve my TOEFL score?”. The key to improvement in learning is the same key to all success in life – hard work. There is nothing in life worth having that can be obtained without hard work. How much time and effort you put into something dictates what you will get out of it. The greatest lie people tell themselves is that people who are held up as the “greatest successes” did so by some natural gift. Ichiro Suzuki, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, did not become great by “magic” or “special ability”. He got there from hard work. When he was elementary school he was spending upwards of four hours a day practicing! If I could tell you all one important thing, it is that your “ability” is only one part of the picture… what determines your success is how hard you work to get it! Learning a language is difficult and you will struggle and make mistakes, but as Sir Winston Churchill one said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” You have to keep working! Finally, I will leave you with one of the best quotes I have ever read from Ichiro himself –

“In baseball, even the best hitters fail seven of ten times, and of those seven failures there are different reasons why. Some are personal failures, others are losses to the pitcher. You just get beat. In those personal failures, I focus on what I could have done better.” – Ichiro Suzuki

Mulia Teguh Nguyen

Throughout my time teaching in Japan, I have found one thing to be a big motivator of students wanting to learn and get better at English. That is the hope to travel. It doesn’t matter if you want to travel to an English speaking country, or a non-english speaking country, the drive, and the want to travel encourages students to want to learn English. Although many students want to visit countries like France and Italy, they want to study English because at the end of the day, they know that English will be of great benefit to them while they travel to those countries.

So go online. Search about places that look cool. Hopefully one will catch your eye, and motivate you to study English with more conviction.

Gareth Barnes

Welcome to YCU!
At the PEC, we are here to help you develop your language skills, but more importantly, we are here to help you communicate and engage in life with more than one language.

YCU is an exciting place to be. There are so many friendly teachers and good resources at the PEC to help you with English proficiency, and I'm proud to be here to help you on your journey.

Gaining practical skills in any language, changes you in ways you cannot foresee; you'll find yourself in new situations and being extended in so many ways.
There will always be a new challenge, a new obstacle to overcome, a new idea to share, a new perspective to encounter... big or small, there is always something good to learn.

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