Language Education Section

Language classes online until further notice

Our next semester is scheduled to start on September 20th. For all intents and purposes, the language education section hopes to be offering in-person classes as soon as it is deemed safe. With record numbers of daily infection cases, it would seem that, at this point, it not safe to conduct language classes in-person. Classes will be online until further notice.  

Registration update

The registration policy from the previous semester will still be in effect. When you register for Japanese courses, 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 previous previously and is now rejoining.

In order to offer everyone a fair chance to learn Japanese, we will give enrollment priority to students who completed the course previous semester and are taking a class for the first time. If you previously dropped out of a class or are a research intern/visiting researcher in residence for less than 6 months, 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.

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 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.


Justin Foster-Sutherland 098-966-1638



 Japanese Language Instructor Bios

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.