David Falvey



(Chief Quality Officer)


Market Leader共著

オックスフォード大学にて政治学、哲学、経済学を学んだのち、ブライトン大学の修士課程で英語教授法 (TEFL)の学位を取得。イギリスの公的な国際文化交流機関であるブリティッシュ・カウンシルの東京オフィスにて講師育成に携わるなど、アジア諸国やイギリスにおいて英語指導の講師および経営層としての経験を積む。ロンドン・メトロポリタン大学のイングリッシュ・ランゲージ・センターで責任者を務め、ELT英会話の最高品質責任者に就任。共著書に世界的ベストセラーであるビジネス英語の教科書「Market Leader」など。






その中でも厳しい採用基準をみたし、最高品質責任者であるDavid Falveyによる研修に合格した講師だけが、皆さまのレッスンを担当いたします。




To improve your listening and speaking skills, I'd watch English films and watch short audio news clips on the BBC website. These often have subtitles which you can use for reference. I'd also download and listen to Radio 4 podcasts as the diction is very clear without any regional accents. From this you will also pick up common phrases and colloquial language for everyday conversations and learn vocabulary on key topics. Reading, I'd access the Guardian/BBC website as it has a lot of opinion pieces which can help upgrade your vocabulary. I'd also get an English version of a novel you've previously read in Japanese. Writing - if you have to communicate with English people via email and have a good relationship with them, why not experiment in writing to them in English sometimes to practise? Finally I'd say don't lose heart, learning a language is tricky and takes time but it's well worth the effort and you will see your confidence and knowledge increase! I was a beginner when I started to learn Italian and am now fluent.




Try and make learning as fun as possible. Find ways to incorporate your interests into your language learning - subscribe to online magazines and newspapers, use graded readers, change your social media accounts settings to English, listen to podcasts while commuting, use online platforms to find language exchange partners and practise practise practise!



I recommend a combination of classroom learning and self study. It is important to be complement classroom learning with activities that are audio-visual (film, online language games, podcasts, reading), bodily-kinaesthetic (cooking or fitness classes) and interpersonal (social meetups with English speakers or other learners) to bring your language experience and knowledge to life. Likewise regular error correction, making realistic learning goals and setting a structured learning timetable can help considerably.



Dont be afraid of making mistakes, learning from mistakes is an important tool to improve. Make notes in your lessons! Reviewing them will help reinforce what you have learnt. Have fun. If you enjoy your lessons, it will make you want to learn.




I enjoy teaching Japanese students mostly because they are very keen to learn and eager to ask questions about English vocabulary or Grammar points. I think this is great because they will learn a lot and it makes for a good relationship with the teacher. I always encourage my students to ask questions because this shows they are thinking about their education and it gives the chance for the teacher to see the areas the students might want to concentrate on.




As well as teaching the English language, I enjoy discussing British culture and history and, for younger learners, I enjoy exploring literature and writing through comprehension and creative writing exercises. Japanese students make excellent learners - my only advice is, don’t be afraid to make mistakes!



I would suggest that Japanese really do try to engage the best they can within their lessons. Homework is also essential in order to learn things more quickly. Participating the best way that you possibly can will always improve. I will also say that if you are unsure of anything that you are being taught, you should ask the teacher when you get the moment. Reflecting on your work is important, may be a good idea to have a notebook and write down any questions that you have and see if they can be answered at the beginning of each lesson.



My advice to Japanese students is not to worry about making mistakes, try to talk in English as much as possible, join a local club or do an activity you enjoy in English while you are here and watch DVDs or films in English.




I am familiar with a variety of teaching texts, in particular the Market Leader series published by Pearson, though I like to vary lessons with discussion and analysis of current affairs texts taken from British newspapers and journals (e.g. the Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Economist etc). I have also taught students studying for IELTS and TOEIC exams.




My familiarity with Japanese language and culture is a big help when teaching Japanese students. My biggest piece of advice for learning English is to always find chances to practice in real life situations. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, that’s how we learn!



Have confidence in yourself and in your ability to communicate. Your grammar doesn't always need to be perfect for you to communicate well. It's better to speak and risk making a mistake than stay silent and never make a connection.




The key to language learning is to enjoy it.




Studying on Skype works really well as there are no distractions – we do everything we can do in face to face lessons but there are no distractions – we just concentrate on the lesson.




Find ways of learning that you enjoy (hopefully your teacher can help with this!). Focus on speaking and making yourself understood. Good pronunciation is very important. Make lots of mistakes. Reflect on your learning – what have you achieved? What do you want to focus on next? Be proud of your progress.




Japanese students are usually successful learners of English and are very good at learning vocabulary- sometimes they need confidence in developing speaking and listening skills but their focus on developing successful relationships means this can be an enjoyable experience. I like to encourage my students to focus on getting their message across. People want to communicate and get a job done (whether it is in a business meeting or a negotiation). People are more interested in the quality of your ideas rather than the grammatical accuracy of your English. Don’t give up if you get something wrong. You learn by making mistakes. The key is to keep trying, keep motivating yourself and enjoy the learning process.

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