Work History

Work History
Apr 2009 - Present

Part-time Lecturer

Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Created two second year critical thinking courses.  First semester course is entitled "Planet Earth" and is an introductory course in Earth Sciences.  Second semester course is entitled "Food for Thought" and is an experiment in student autonomy.  Classes are student-led investigations into the many aspects of modern food production and eating habits.  Details can be found on the course website (  2 koma

Sep 2008 - Present

Part-time Lecturer

Shibaura Institute of Technology

Created original syllabus and course materials for "Critical Thinking in English" classes for first year Engineering students.  First semester classes consider ethics in food and agriculture, food sustainability and nutrition in an activity and multimedia-rich course.  Second semester classes are discussion and activity-based and use a textbook covering a range of topical issues.  Predominantly male student population.  Class sizes from 13 to 25 students.  3 koma.

Dec 2004 - Present

Part-time Teacher

Shin Ai Hoikuen

Independent teacher.  Weekly English classes for five and six year old kindergarten students.  Responsible for all aspects of the English program including curriculum and material development.

Apr 2006 - Present

Part-time Lecturer

Saitama Prefectural University

Teaching classes to first and second year students within the Health Sciences department.  Predominantly female student population.  24 students to a class.  Course texts chosen by the University.  Extensive supplementary materials generated to engage the students imaginations and facilitate their understanding.  6 koma.

Jun 2003 - Mar 2009

Part-time ALT

Kokusai High School

Assisted the teaching staff of Kokusai Metropolitan High School by preparing lessons in English.  Taught reading, writing, understanding, translation, debate, international understanding, conversation and TOEFL preparation classes to first, second and third year students.  Corrected assignments and assisted students with university application essays.


Sep 2002 - Mar 2006

PhD - incomplete

Waseda University

Funded by a Mombukugakusho Scholarship.  (Awards for British nationals limited to ten a year).

Sep 2001 - Sep 2002


Royal Holloway, University of London

Funded by a NERC Scholarship (National Environmental Research Fund).  Graduation thesis received the annual AAPG prize (American Association of Petroleum Geologists), a "Raymond C. Moore Memorial Grant" and the University of London "Karen Reed Memorial Fund" awards.

Sep 1994 - Jun 1997

B.Sc - First Class Honors

Royal Holloway, University of London

Graduated with First Class Honors, and with highest grades out of a class of 41 students.  Recipient of the Palaeontological Association Prize in 1996.  Nominated for the Geological Society of London Undergraduate Mapping Prize in 1997.

Affiliations and Professional Development

ETJ member.

Attended Tokyo ETJ Expo 2009.

Attended ETJ and Oxford University Press' Certificate in Teaching Japanese Students seminar 2009.


An enthusiastic and professional teacher dedicated to providing the best education to students of all ages.  I have been teaching English in Japan for seven years and have taught  classes in understanding, conversation, debate, reading, writing, TOEFL and critical thinking.  I have created several content-based courses for Tokyo Medical and Dental University and for Shibaura Institute of Technology.  The web-pages I created for each of those courses can be viewed through the links on my website. 

My research has been in the areas of student motivation and perceptions, as well as autonomous learning strategies and how to integrate technology into the EFL classroom.  If you can provide me with an environment that enables me to pursue my goal of actually improving student appreciation, willingness and ability to acquire useful and practical English, then I would be very interested in discussing employment opportunities with you.

I am generally considered to be a hard-working, honest, co-operative, approachable and friendly teacher.  Students appreciate my calm demeanor, fun classes and my clear English pronunciation.  My aim is to expand and develop as a professional language teacher.


Hunt, J.R. (2009).  English Language Learners' Experiences, Attitudes and Motivations: a survey of first-year and second-year university students.  The Research Reports of Shibaura Institute of Technology: Social Sciences and Humanities, 43-2, 161-167.

Hunt, J.R.  (forthcoming December 2009).  First Lesson - First Impression.  Outside the Box: The Tsukuba Multi-Lingual Forum.  Foreign Language Center, Tsukuba University.  Volume 2, Issue 2.

Hunt, J.R. (forthcoming March 2010).  What Time Is It?  Communicative Competence in English at two Japanese Universities.  Bulletin of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University.

Hunt, J.R.  (forthcoming March 2010).  English Language Learners' Perceptions of English Study, EFL Teachers and Future English Language Use: a survey of first-year and second-year university students.  The Research Reports of Shibaura Institute of Technology: Social Sciences and Humanities, 44-1.

Older Earth Science-related publications and presentations:

Hunt, J. and Takagi, H. (2004). Clarifying the western extension of the Median Tectonic Line through Kyushu, with special reference to the Amakusa mylonite. Japanese Geological Society Conference 2004. Chiba University.  Poster presentation.Hunt, J. and Takagi, H. (2004). Clarifying the Western Extension of the Median Tectonic Line through Kyushu, Japan. International Geological Conference (IGC) 2004.  Florence, Italy.  Abstract.  Poster presentation.Hunt, J. (2002). A Chemostratigraphic Assessment of the Ferruginous Sands Formation, Lower Greensand Group, Isle of Wight, UK.  Unpublished Masters (MSc) Thesis and Oral presentation to 150+ petroleum industry leaders and academics at the M.Sc Basin Evolution and Dynamics symposium 2002.Hunt, J. and Knipe, R. (1998). A Geological Field Guide to Whitley Bay, Northumberland Coast, UK. Internal training publication for ARCO oil company.


Rock climbing and bouldering.  Outdoor activities.  Enjoy DIY and handicrafts.

Interested in social and environmental issues, particularly housing and food.

Travel takes up most of my vacation time.  Highlights include:

  • Ten weeks in New Zealand (2008).  Volunteer work on organic farms (WWOOF).  Climbing.
  • Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage (2007).  Six weeks walking around Shikoku.
  • Hokkaido (2006).  One month hitch-hiking.
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail (Georgia, South and North Carolina sections), USA (2005).
  • Baiardo, Italy (2004).  Voluntary restoration work on 2000 year old farm houses.
  • BEE-ride (2003).  Bicycle for Everyone's Earth (NGO), Japanese environmental groups' awareness ride participant for Hokkaido section.
  • Four month overland trip from Japan to England via the Siberian Railway, on into eastern Europe and as far south as Turkey, returning north through western Europe (2000).
  • SE Asia.  Two months trekking and rafting in Nepal (highest peak: Gokyo Ri at 5400m).  Hitch-hiking through Thailand and Malaysia.