Foreign Language Proficiency for Problem Solving
We, Sky Business, offer various education programs and consulting service in Tokyo. One of the most popular programs of Sky Business is business English lesson called 'On-the-Job English (OJE) lesson.' The name of this lesson originally came from occupational training, On-the-Job Training or OJT.
Our Japanese students can practice English conversation based on their real business situation. For instance, an acupuncture doctor can learn necessary English expressions at the clinic: greetings, medical interview, the names of diseases & injuries and acupuncture points, etc.
Fortunately, we always receive favorable feedback and comments from our students. They say, 'I can learn practical English expressions that I must immediately use in my office!', 'Other English instructors and schools won't teach me such expressions', 'I can say exactly what I would like to say in English!', etc.
The curriculum for each of our students is so-called 'made-to-order' curriculum. In a nutshell, we spend certain amount of time to conduct an interview with the student and clarify what kind of expressions she/he needs to learn and how she/he would like to study (every person has a different study habit and method).
Contrary to Sky Business, other schools (including traditional schools like college and university), instructors and curriculum designers have already prepared for the common curriculum or the contents of the lessons. In many cases, they neglect the level and expectations of each student.
Another unique feature of our program is that we teach how our Japanese students can cope with cross-cultural issues and problems: Complaints from foreign customers, breach of international business contract, and even legal battles.
All of our students expect they expand their business market through learning English. Learning foreign languages is truly beneficial to anyone. However, it's a double-edged sword. Running international business always entails more troubles and issues than running domestic business does.
As far as our students learn English and other foreign languages, they should learn how to protect themselves from cross-cultural conflicts and troubles as well as how to expand their business market. This is the essence of our international education.
Photo by Junko Nara in Bangkok, Thailand