About the School and message to kids and adults. Our idea and aim.

Welcome to the Hilltop Conversation School’s homepage. Hilltop English Conversation School was established in 2001, after George, the director and head teacher of Hilltop, became independent after teaching as an AET in junior high schools in Atsumi Town ( now Tahara City ) for 2 years and working in English conversation schools for 3 years in Nishio.

Hilltop, like all schools, is a learning institution. But at the same time, we want to make students feel comfortable, thereby, making our school as fun and friendly as possible. We want to create an environment whereby every single student who is learning English here can have a sense of a homey atmosphere. Thus, we hope to make the students feel learning English is not only educational and a necessity; but just as importantly, FUN and ENJOYABLE!

As you look through our homepage, you will find that there are several kinds of classes for kids ranging from 3 years old to adults. (We have students who are over 60 years of age. ) Learning something new in life can be challenging and takes effort. Learning a new language is no different. The instructors at Hilltop work hard to insure students can get the most out of their lessons. We make that extra effort to help the students with questions concerning their English studies. Many Japanese people can feel a bit shy during the class to ask questions. Therefore, some students will tend to ask questions after class. The instructors can understand this, and we try to help out the students outside of the classroom as well. Of course, no instructor in the world is perfect. But we always try to do our best to try to make students’ classes as educational and enjoyable as possible.








From kindergarten kids to about 2nd or 3rd grade of elementary school, we try to have young learners understand the basics of English alphabets’ phonic sounds. If you can understand the English phonics, you will be surprised at what you can do when you open an English book. Through listening and phonics practice, you will start to learn to read easy English books and enjoy English much more. We even have kindergarten kids who can read easy children’s English books. We have plenty of children’s English books with their own CDs which students can borrow every week. After they practice for a week, they read in front of their teacher and classmates. After they read, they can get a stamp on their book-reading stamp card. Being able to read a book which is not in the kids’ own native language can encourage and motivate the students to learn even more and make learning English more fun.

From 3rd or 4th grade of elementary school, students can either choose to continue with the regular conversation class or switch to a class called Reading and Writing Class. 読み書きクラス(Please see the Reading and Writing Class section of our homepage.) Or students may take both classes; 2 hours a week – 1 hour with Reading and Writing Class and 1 hour with regular conversation class. Students and parents may also to choose take either just the Reading and Writing Class or the conversation class.

Learning English at a young age should be fun and enjoyable, not as a bothersome task. Teachers have the responsibility to make the class fun, yet at the same time, educational. But teachers cannot do it alone. There is a saying that, great students make great teachers! This is so true. It’s a delicate relationship between teachers and young students; there must be mutual respect for each other. If this relationship is well-established, students will not only enjoy their English class but at the same time get the most out of the class time week in and week out. English is not only useful for school but it will be even more useful for you in the future when you grow up and go into the real world.





幼少時に英語を学ぶことは楽しくなければなりません。講師は授業を楽しく、そして教育的にする責任があります。ことわざに“Great students make great teachers!” とあります。これは本当にその通りだと思います。先生と子供たちの間には細やかな関係があります。それは講師と生徒がお互いに尊敬し合うということだと思います。この関係が十分成立していれば、子供たちは英語の授業を楽しむだけでなく、授業の内容を十分理解していけるでしょう。英語は学校で役立つものだけでなく、将来大人になって子供たちが社会に出たときに、一層役立つものになると思います。



First of all, I would like to complement all of you who want to study English. It means at no matter what age, you have the desire to learn a new language. I couldn’t speak Japanese when I first came to Japan at the age of 26. Although my Japanese is still at somewhat of an elementary level, I feel comfortable enough to carry a simple conversation in Japanese with my Japanese friends.

Adults come to study English for many reasons. Each student has their own purpose of learning English. Some want to improve their English reading skill; some want to improve their listening skill; some want to improve their speaking skill; some have a particular goal – for example, passing certain grade of Eiken Test, getting higher score on their TOEIC test; and some students just want to enjoy their English classes week in and week out. For whatever the reason it may be, if you have the desire and goal, you can achieve them by putting the effort and at the same time enjoy doing so.

We understand that each student has their own purpose or goal of learning English; therefore, we try our best to make sure each and every student can be satisfied with our teaching. We encourage that you always maintain the motivation to learn and at the same time make your learning as pleasurable and fun as possible.





Good luck to you all!