The ELI is located in a custom-designed, state-of-the-art building which features the award-winning SALC, the Media Education Centre, and Blended Learning Spaces – classrooms where traditional modes of instruction can be combined with multi-media learning and teaching.

Vision of KUIS

KUIS aspires to create a pleasant and friendly world through communication that is respectful.
-We aspire to create a congenial world where people accept and show respect for each other by means of good communication.

Mission of KUIS

KUIS weaves the world together through its network of communication.
-People can understand foreign languages and cultures and communicate from the heart.
We can spread charity and put a smile on people’s faces.
We will open a door to the world for students.

Vision of Sano Foundation

Communication builds a peaceful world.
-Our goal is to help achieve a peaceful world where people everywhere can understand and respect each other by means of good communication.

Mission of Sano Foundation

We support language learning and cultural understanding for all ages.
-We will provide a place to learn languages and cultures for people of all ages at any stage of their lives and support them as they look for opportunities to use what they have learned.

The Four Goals of the ELI:

Goal #1: To promote the use of English on a university-wide basis

This was the original goal of the ELI. It was recognized that whatever major a KUIS student was pursuing, that student would have a need to be able to use English. It was envisaged that the ELI, an institution separate from other departments, could serve this function.

Goal #2: To provide specialist teaching and advising expertise to students undertaking English proficiency courses

Specialist teaching expertise was initially only provided to English majors, but with the expansion of the university, majors of new departments – “International Communication” and “Languages & Culture” also received the same treatment. ELI instructors are the only group of KUIS teachers whose primary focus is the teaching of English proficiency courses to Kanda’s undergraduate students.

Goal #3: To promote research-based curriculum of English proficiency courses and the design and development of instructional materials for use in such courses

The ELI has, since its inception, focused on systematic curriculum research. Its members, through institutional research projects on curriculum renewal and testing of English language proficiency, and individual research projects sponsored by the Research Institute of Language Studies and Language Education (RILS&LE), have made significant contributions to curriculum development. ELI teachers, as part of their contractual obligations to the university, are required to undertake curriculumresearch. Such a requirement is an important criterion for selection of ELI teachers.

Goal #4: To provide research and professional development opportunities which will attract high calibre lecturers to KUIS.

The ELI seeks to attract high quality English proficiency teachers by providing opportunities for teachers to further hone their professional skills and research experience during their tenure at KUIS. The ELI recruits teachers who have recently completed their Masters in Language Education. The number of former ELI teachers who have completed or are currently completing Doctorate level studies in Language Education is sufficient testimony to operation of this aspect of the ELI.

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