After completing my M.A. in linguistics in 1996, I came to Japan and worked as a TOEFL®, GMAT®, and GRE® instructor at a large, well-known school for over a decade.
In 2007, that school started to require that teachers use TOEFL® Speaking “templates” in class. I wasn’t happy with this because templates cause serious delivery and topic development problems, so I opened my own school with the encouragement of former colleagues and students in October, 2007.
My original focus was on improving delivery in a small classroom (4~5 students). Delivery refers to fluency, intonation, and pronunciation. There were 3 students in the first class. Within 3 weeks, all of my classes were full through word-of-mouth, and I had to start a wait list.
Since that time, I have spent thousands of hours developing effective TOEFL® speaking strategies, developing a great curriculum, and providing feedback to my students.
My students’ average top SP score was 21.9 in 2008. Then I created an effective strategy for TOEFL® Speaking task 5 and the average top score bounced up to 22.8 in 2009, and 23.1 in 2010. I track my students’ progress on my blog. Please read my posts there if you are interested.
Based on these results, I am confident that I have the best strategies, advice, and curriculum for TOEFL® Speaking in Japan. And since I don’t have any staff, I can offer classes at a very competitive price (￥50,000 per month).
My English school (株式会社E4TG) is conveniently located in Yaesu, about 5 minutes from Tokyo Station.