Language Education Section

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Registration update (August 2021)

The registration policy from the previous semester will still be in effect. When you register for courses starting August 6th, 2021, you will be asked whether you are a continuing student from the previous semester, new to the language program or a student who dropped out previously and is now rejoining.

In order to offer everyone a fair chance to learn Japanese, we will give enrollment priority to students who are taking a class for the first time. If you previously dropped out of a class, your ability to join that class will depend on their being seats available after new and continuing students have been enrolled.

Please remember that registering for a class in the system is not the final step of enrollment. You are officially enrolled in the class once you receive a confirmation email from your teacher after the end of the registration period. This semester the registration period is August 6th - 27th, 2021. You will receive a confirmation email from your teacher the following week.

Learn languages online with the Language Section!

Want more practice learning English? We have many options for learning English online!


Want more practice learning Japanese? We have many options for learning Japanese online!


Office hours for extra English/Japanese practice!

If you miss a lesson and want to make it up, or just have some questions about English or Japanese that you'd like a native speaker to help you with, why not sign up for one of our office hours? You can book a 30 minute time slot with any of our teachers whenever they're available. Best yet, you'll get a reminder email before your time comes. Use the link below to access the calendar and reserve your time today!


*This service is available for all OIST employees, community members and staff! You must book at least 24 hours in advance.



 English Language Instructor Bios 

OIST provides a wide variety of English Language courses to meet the needs of OIST’s diverse international student body, researchers, administrative staff, and family members. All courses include reading, writing, speaking, and listening components, and are designed to encourage teamwork and active participation. Authentic materials are included, such as videos, audio recordings, and newspaper articles, to provide students with real-world examples relevant to their roles at OIST.

Contact: Margaret Howell,, 098-966-1638



 Japanese Language Instructor Bios |   Japanese Language Program

The Japanese Language staff are conducting Japanese language courses for all OIST members - students, researchers, faculty,  administrative staff, and family members. The courses range from basic to advanced, focusing on fundamental communication skills. All courses include instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Extra-curricular activities are also held to help participants adjust to the customs and culture of their new surroundings.

Contact: SACHIKO.SEGAWA@OIST.JP, 098-966-8607