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Ian, owner and principal instructor at Open Doors English

Ian Williams, Teacher / Owner

Ian, the owner and principal instructor at Open Doors English, has been teaching English in Japan since 1994. During this time, he has conscientiously assisted students to maximize their English speaking potential as well as lending advice and support in non academic matters.

Having worked for one of Japan’s biggest language schools, he is aware of the pluses and pitfalls of such institutions. Falling back on his experiences, Ian has ventured to open a school that provides lessons of value and quality in a relaxed and friendly setting. The naming of his school reflects his zeal to teach. He’s opening the doors of his school, welcoming everyone with a motivation to learn English so they can open doors to more opportunities and realize their ambitions in life.

Paul Dixon, Teacher

Paul Dixon, Teacher

Paul is from the Niagara region of Canada and has been living and teaching here in Japan with his family since 1993. Having taught at several large language institutions, Paul is well versed in language methodology and texts. Drawing on the experiences he has gained over the years, Paul is a creative instructor that can readily adapt lessons to cater to the needs of his students regardless of ability. With grammar and vocabulary being a particular forte, Paul offers invaluable assistance to our students in these areas.

Rob Normile, Teacher

Rob Normile, Teacher

Rob is from Liverpool in England, but has called Japan his home since 2007. He began his teaching career at one of the large chain schools, but left to seek out new challenges. Subsequently, Rob has been employed as an assistant instructor at a Junior High School as well as being a principal instructor giving out of school tutoring (Cram School). Rob is a patient, methodical instructor, moulded by his experiences of teaching large, mixed ability classes. He is highly regarded as an instructor that is well suited and equipped in giving precise, meaningful instruction to our young and adult learners alike.


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Tomomi, Receptionist

Tomomi, Receptionist

Tomomi is our friendly, ever-welcoming, bi-lingual receptionist. She’s available during most day-time office hours, ready to assist enrolled students and visitors alike with any queries they may have regarding their studies, lesson scheduling or any matter they care to raise.


Open Doors English (ODE)

Open Doors EnglishOpen Doors English (ODE) is a small, privately owned English school that provides quality tuition tailored to the abilities and needs of its students.

Located just 2 minutes on foot from Hankyu Awaji Station, our school is easily accessible by 2 train lines. For those wishing to drive, ample coin operated car parking is a short walking distance from the school. Bicycle parking at the school is also available.

ODE is a spacious and airy school. Windows running the length of the school provide plenty of natural lighting. Complimentary beverages and a wide range of amenities are provided for the enjoyment of our students.

At ODE, we continuously strive to create an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming and conducive to the learning experience of our students.


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