Center for English Language Education(CELE)


The Center for English Language Education at Asia University fosters internationalism -- the belief that people of different countries should cooperate with and understand one another. Cooperation and intercultural understanding begin with communication and knowledge. Educating students to communicate in a foreign language with people from different cultures allows them to investigate the world in a new way and provides the foundation for lifelong intercultural exchanges.


The Asia University (AU) Center for English Language Education is a department at Asia University, located in Musashino-shi, Tokyo, Japan. In 1989, the English Language Education Research Institute (ELERI) was founded by former AU President Professor Shinkichi Eto. Professor Eto believed internationalism was the most significant aspect of Asia University's educational mission. Consequently, he felt students' communicative ability in foreign languages was integral to their internationalization. In 1998, the department was renamed the Center for English Language Education. Today, CELE is proud to carry on and expand the university’s ideals of international education.


Freshman English

Freshman English is an integrated-skills, topic-based EFL course with an emphasis on speaking and listening skills. Students will engage in reading and writing activities to reinforce their oral/aural skills; however, the primary course goal is developing students’ English conversation ability. While the primary course goals are the same for all class levels, teachers address specific objectives according to class level and students’ English proficiency.

Additional Classes

CELE faculty also teach Sophomore English and Elective English classes. Sophomore English is a content-based course that aims to provide a general introduction to the field of International Relations. It is a required course for all second-year International Relations students. Elective English classes are for students of any year or major at the university. The general purpose of elective classes is to continue to improve the overall communications skills students develop in Freshman English.


This is an annual publication providing an in-house forum for current and former faculty members to share their insights and research. We include articles from scholars at both Asia University and the Asia University America Program consortium schools.Once at Asia University's Academic Repository, please use the following keywords:
For articles published during the years 1991-1998, use the keyword: ELERI
For articles published after 1998, use the keyword: CELE
For articles by a particular writer, use the writer’s name.
Message to the copyright holders
The Center for English Language Education has digitized education and research results of the CELE Journal from volumes 1 to 26 and made them open to the public on the internet.
If any copyright holder whose writing has appeared in the CELE Journal does not give permission to make their paper open to the public,
they should please send an email to the address below requesting to have their work removed.
We will immediately withdraw the said paper from the Asia University Academic Repository.
No specific deadline for the request is established.
(Confirmed in a CELE monthly meeting on June 12, 2019)
Center for English Language Education at Asia University
Sakai 5-8, Musashino City, Tokyo


All CELE Visiting Faculty Members (VFMs) are experienced EFL/ESL teachers with at least a master's degree in TEFL/TESL or a related subject. Currently, there are 28 CELE VFMs from a variety of English-speaking countries. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, each VFM serves on at least one departmental committee and completes an annual project. The CELE administration includes the CELE Director, the CELE Vice Director, and the Assistant-Vice Director.



CELE Director: ITO Yuko
CELE Deputy Director: BROOKS Mikio
CELE Vice Director: TRUED Joshua
Assistant- Vice Director: BRYDEN Stephen

FRANKS Alexis,JOHNSON Bjorn,NEWMAN Oliver,BRYDEN Stephen,LI Terence,LEUNG Lydia,TRUED Joshua,GOODWIN Alan,ANDREWARTHA Timothy,MISURO Christian,GOODHEW Mark,ALLAN Gordon,NOVAK Jessica,CONLON Jude,WALTERS Mark,SWINDLEHURST Tara,BEIRNE Denver,SAKUDA Sharon,DOMINGO Ephraim ,WRIGHT David,WATTS Michael,MAXWELL Jeffrey,HOOVER Kyle,SAARNA Christopher ,RING Liam ,MAI Alexander,MORENO Armando,COOPER Michael


Mailing Address

Asia University
Center for English Language Education
5-8, Sakai
Musashino-shi, Tokyo, 180-8629

Telephone/ Fax

Tel. +81-422-36-3417
Fax. +81-422-36-4869

Hiring CELE Faculty Members

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