Completed the Learning Advisor Training Course

































I have just completed the training course for learning advisors at Kanda University of International Studies, which started in May last year. The role of a learning advisor is to support the autonomous learning of foreign language learners and, through counseling, promote the learners to learn how to learn by themselves and to enjoy learning itself.

It is very similar to the process of career consulting and coaching in that the learner faces himself/herself through dialogue and explores his/her challenges through reflection. The most significant difference is that the advisors themselves are language teaching specialists, and thus independent professionals with a combination of teaching experience and counseling skills.

-Know the learning objectives
-Know the causes of the problems, weaknesses, and stumbling blocks
-Setting goals to achieve
-How to develop a learning plan
-Key points of support and advice according to the learning plan
-Advising Methods by Level
-How to Advise by Skills
These are the kinds of advice that only a foreign language teacher can provide.

Of course, in calling ourselves such, we must identify our strengths and compensate for our weaknesses, both as teachers and counselors. Teachers must face themselves. In this sense, the program may be said to be a career development program for teachers.

Compared to autonomous learning, the need for study advising has been recognized relatively recently and is not yet generally recognized. In addition, the training I attended was conducted in English for English teachers. There were only two or three Japanese participants out of 20. There have been several such advisor training courses held in Japan in the past, but none of them were long-term programs, and it is likely that they will not be widely disseminated in Japanese-language education yet.

I am still inexperienced and it will take time to become a full-fledged advisor, but in the future I would like to spread the concept of advisor in Japan and create a career path for Japanese language teachers so that they can make a living as a profession after obtaining the certification.

During this course, many Japanese language learners helped me with interview work and mock counseling. Thank you very much. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Prof. Kuroda of Tokyo Metropolitan University for introducing this course and providing me with information on subsequent advice.