Language Education Section

Registration for Summer Semester 2020 is now open!


Registration for English and Japanese courses during the summer semester (May - August 2020) is live as of today, April 24th. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, classes for summer semester may be held online, in-person, or a combination of both. Your teacher will update you closer to the planned start date (Monday, May 11th).

We invite our family member students to register at this time, keeping in mind the following:  If classes are held online, or if OIST reopens with no restrictions, the lessons will proceed as usual.  If, however, OIST reopens with restrictions, it is possible that family members may not be allowed to enter the lab buildings and thus will be unable to attend the classes.

To check look at the schedule and register for courses, please have a look at the links below:

Registration for English and Japanese courses: click here


English schedule and textbooks: click here

Japanese schedule and textbooks: click here


Survival Japanese Materials


Did you attend the Survival Japanese module 1 about introductions this week? Do you want to learn but were unable to attend due to your schedule? Click here to access the materials and give your basic Japanese skills a boost!


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.


Want quick English practice? Try some of the links below!

If you'd like more practice with English, the Internet has a wide variety of resources. Listed below are a few of them:


 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