Hiromi & Matthew

Hiromi Kawahara (河原弘美)

English Uplift代表。




















2018年、次世代に必要とされる教育要素である4つのCを取り入れた「次世代型こども英語教育」を提唱、講師トレーニングプログラムを作り、パートナーであるMatthew de Wildeと共に「次世代型こども英語講師養成講座0期」を開講。




Postgraduate Diploma in TJFL/Certificate in TESOL/Certificate in TEYL/Certificate in TEFL/

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Matthew de Wilde

次世代型こども英語講師 / English Uplift Program producer&trainer

Australian,resident of Japan since 1994,currently lives in Tokyo.


I began teaching soon after arriving in Japan from Australia in 1994.

My interest in this field deepened the following year in a small Eikaiwa in

Tokyo’s Sumida-ku.My co-workers and I bonded to from a team of teachers

who supported each other, observed each other’s lessons and shared ideas. 

I became the curriculum designer and eventually the teacher for Tokyo’s first public elementary school English programs. I continued developing my teaching in this environment for 11 years. It was during this time that my colleague Ron Martin and I first hit upon the notion of “Non-Target English” which English Uplift later called the Non-Target English Approach®︎. 


My partnership with Hiromi began when we found ourselves working together at a pilot school in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward. The similarities in our thinking towards student output, student creativity, student-centered learning, critical thinking, and self-esteem, as well as many other aspects of education, surprised even us. In 2006 I became a full-time teacher at a Tokyo preschool, teaching a daily class of 3~6 year olds, as well as after-school classes for elementary school kids. I was, by this time, an experienced presenter at major and local teacher development workshops and seminars, and I became a regular and popular presenter at APRICOT PUBLISHING’s Learning World Workshops. Workshop participants often expressed surprise at video footage of my classes, showing so many of my students, even those who attend classes just once a week, communicating in English so naturally. I also contributed ideas to APRICOT PUBLISHING’s and SANSEIDO’s teaching materials.


The interest throughout Japan in the Non-Target English Approach®︎,and a 

desire among the country’s English teachers to make changes to their

teaching in ways that have students feel success in genuinely using English

led to me formalizing my partnership with Hiromi in English Uplift.

I currently represent English Uplift in my role as Director of Bright Up

English Immersion Preschool in Tokyo.


My partnership with Hiromi continues supporting teachers’ ongoing

development for the benefit of students' future.


Bachelor of Music Education/Diploma in TESOL/Certificate in TESL Introductory/

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