Name Profile
Simon M. Bedelo
Simon M. Bedelo

Hi. I am from Congo. I went to school in Budapest and I joined Keio in Sept of 1998. I teach courses related to Africa. They are always fun. As for myself, I love music and real-life stories. I am fun to be with but sometimes a little strict, though. As for my teaching philosophy, I do not believe in "impossible". I have an idea about the beauty and the difficulty of learning languages. I have been there. I learned and mastered three of them: French, English and Hungarian. Anyone could. Just try and do it. Cheers.

Alana Bonzi
Alana Bonzi

David J. Freedman
David J. Freedman

Yoko Hasebe
Yoko Hasebe

Tim Hemington
Tim Hemington

I started working at SFC in 2006 and I have five classes each semester. My classes cover a broad range of subjects including listening & presentation and my specialist areas are the arts. Through these subjects I try to help students express themselves in English, which leads to self-knowledge and helps them to grow as young people. I try to help students prepare for life after University. My classes are fun and I create an atmosphere that is friendly and stimulating. This makes learning enjoyable. Please come to my classes.

Charles Hirst
Charles Hirst

Stephen Hofstee
Stephen Hofstee

G'day!  I'm Stephen Hofstee, from Perth in Australia (and I look better in person than in this photo).   I've been teaching at Keio SFC since 2008, and I have been enjoying it a lot.  I was born in the Year of the Tiger, I am a Scorpio and my blood type is A.  I enjoy reading and if I had more time I'd play tennis, but my son ensures that I am always too busy for that.  If there is anything else you would like to know about me you'll have to enroll in one of my classes and ask me in person. (笑)I like my classes to be relaxed and as much fun as I can make them. I hope to meet you soon.

John N. Kalenga
John N. Kalenga

Warm greetings and welcome to my profile page. My name is John N. Kalenga from the DR Congo. I have been living in Japan since 2008. I graduated from Hokkaido University. I joined Keio-SFC English Section in 2017. All classes are interactive and enjoyable. I encourage students to work in small group discussions and presentations. These classes give you the opportunity to develop your communication and presentation skills. Also, you will enjoy the African music and dance during the lectures through videos and class activities. I hope that you will join some of my classes to discover the beauty and challenges of Africa.

Emi Karimata
Emi Karimata

I teach two translation courses on Thursday. There is always an emphasis on cross-linguistic and cross-cultural learning in my classes, since translation involves the interaction and comparison of two languages. We try to make good use of our knowledge in Japanese as a valuable resource for developing our English skills. I strongly encourage cooperative learning in all the class activities, as well; I find it most exciting to work together and gain various perspectives from each other. It’s been over 15 years since I started teaching at SFC, and I’ve enjoyed every single semester working here. I’m looking forward to meeting many of you!

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis

I joined SFC in 1995, and I enjoy teaching writing classes for the English Section. In my classes, students think about their lives and they get a chance to talk to others about their experiences. We do a lot of talking. Students also get many chances to write exciting essays. We look to film and to the writing of others to prod us with ideas. We produce essays that are valuable for the reader, full of tension and insight.

Tiina Matikainen
Tiina Matikainen

Hi everyone! My name is Tiina Matikainen, and I joined KEIO SFC in 2017. I was born and raised in Finland but did my undergraduate and graduate studies in the small state of Vermont in the USA. Teaching is my passion, and I enjoy helping my students achieve their language learning goals. In my classes, I create a safe and comfortable environment where students can feel at ease to practice and improve their English skills. I also think it's important for me as a teacher to motivate my students and help them build confidence in their own abilities. I hope to see you in my classes. Let's enjoy the adventures of language learning together!

Yuko Nakahama
Yuko Nakahama

David P. O'Donnell
David P. O'Donnell

Thank you so much for visiting my profile page!  My name is David Patrick O'Donnell, but my friends generally call me, "Dave." I was born in Massachusetts, in the U.S.A., though I have lived in a few places over the years (New York City, Taiwan, and in Japan, Miyagi, Chiba, Kanagawa, and now Tokyo).  I have been a member of the English section at S.F.C. since 2009.  I teach classes about American culture, comic books, fantasy literature, recreation, and media.  I have tried to have something for everyone in my classes.  Please give Project Eigo a try. Becoming fluent in English can open up your world!  Hope to see you soon.

Mimi Ohta
Mimi Ohta

Hi, everyone! I have been at SFC since 2003. Some of you probably know me as a Gateway teacher. I teach Gateway twice a week and Project A classes once a week on Thursdays. Thanks to this great environment I really enjoy being here, especially in the classroom. I get lots of energy and inspiration from all of you. I put a lot of emphasis on communication skills so I would like all of you to get involved and try your best to communicate with your members. There is so much you can learn from each other. I also encourage you to be open and creative. That will help you acquire and enjoy English. I'm looking forward to seeing you in my class! Thank you!!

Ritsuko Ohta
Ritsuko Ohta

I joined SFC in 1999, and since then I have been enjoying working with many motivated students. I teach four classes, two on Wednesdays and the other two on Fridays. Although each of the classes focuses on certain language areas (TOEIC/TOEFL/Academic Writing), they share one common goal: To develop the skills you will need to succeed in English-speaking academic settings. My classes are not teacher-centered; that is, you will be provided with lots of opportunities to work together in pairs or groups. I hope to see many of you in my classes!

Keith Olfers
Keith Olfers

Nerida Rand
Nerida Rand

I've been teaching drama and drama-related courses at SFC since 2001.  Some courses focus on performance, while others teach you presentation-related skills.  In  all of my courses you will be using the English you already have and making it come alive, learning how to be confident and interesting in front of an audience.   If you enjoy group work and would like to use your English to be creative, I look forward to seeing you in class.

John Sorenson
John Sorenson

I started working with students at SFC in 1997. Presently I teach two content-based English classes on Mondays. My classes stress communication and because I believe that global English is always new, I encourage students to develop their own unique and creative communication styles. I hope you will join us and enjoy the classes as much as I do.

Rae Suter
Rae Suter

I entered SFC as a master student in 2012. I started working as an English teacher from 2016. I grew up on Michigan, USA and have been living in Japan since 2008. For my classes, I look at English as the tool and communication as the goal, and so I emphasize communication and connections in my lessons. Please come to my classes ready to share and explore.

Shigenori Tanaka
Shigenori Tanaka

Jonathan Trace
Jonathan Trace

Greetings and welcome to my profile page! My name is Jon Trace, and I started teaching at SFC in 2016. While my interests in English and language are broad, the most important thing to me is making language useful. I begin every class with the same question: what do you want to be able to do with English? We learn through action, through using language, and while there are lots of things I love to do in English (discussions, reading, interacting through games and creative writing), the focus of my classes is on what you want to be able to do in language, what’s valuable for you--and sometimes the best part of this is helping you discover your values for English together.

Mukesh K. Williams
Mukesh K. Williams

I have been teaching at SFC for over ten years and find the concept of SFC lashisa quite interesting. I want to see new ideas emerging through the interaction of students and teachers. Teaching in English is both rewarding and challenging especially at SFC where students are highly motivated and interested in new ideas. I am originally from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and now teach Asian, American and Media-related courses at Keio University. Let us study together and discover new horizons.

Walt Wyman
Walt Wyman

I have been interested in Japan ever since I was a child. The main reason for this was my grandfather. He lived Japan during the Taisho era, and was here during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. So, I studied Japanese at Oberlin College, including a year at Doshisha University. In 1996, I moved here, and in 2007 received a MA in religious studies from Tohoku University. Before coming to Keio, I taught English at Sendai University and worked as a translator for Tohoku University. I’m fascinated by the Japanese language and culture, especially popular culture such as movies, manga, and video games. I hope we can discuss these things in class!

Liuswati Yanagi
Liuswati Yanagi

I've been teaching at SFC since 2005, and I teach 5 classes: 3 writing courses, a note-taking course, and a debate course. Teaching at SFC has been an enriching experience for me because it gives me the opportunities to listen, discuss, and read students' thought-provoking opinions on various matters. Writing and note-taking courses may sound passive to you; however, activities in my classes are designed to be interactive, so students have a lot of opportunities for discussions (this also means that you have the opportunity to make new friends). As vocabulary is the core of any language learning, I focus on active-vocabulary building. Come and join me and experience the fun in language learning!

Robert Yui
Robert Yui