ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Information

ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) An Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a 20-30 minute face-to-face or telephonic interview with a certified tester from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to assess one’s oral proficiency in a certain language. After taking an OPI, the tester will rank one's oral ability in one of four categories: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior.


Opening Reception at Hills Learning's New Location

Hills Learning, which offers Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai and English language classes, moved to a new location at 315 Madison Ave. Suite 900 New York NY on September 1st 2015. They will be having a welcome reception to commemorate the grand opening of their new location. Hills Learning will introduce their language programs and display their new classrooms.


Sayoko Maeshima - "Language Education is like a Kaleidoscope"

Language Education is like a Kaleidoscope - March 1, 2014 (Saturday) “Words are ‘living creatures’, so that’s why we don’t lose interest.”, said Sayoko Maeshima, who starts her day by reading 5 to 6 pages of the newspaper. She scours the newspapers looking for information on current affairs and other cutting edge words for her classes.


Korean Class Visit - Hyejin Kim

On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm, you can hear students speaking Korean in Room 1781. Today I got to observe an Intensive Beginner Korean class taught by Hyejin (Sarah) Kim. Although I am proficient in Japanese, I am always open to learning new languages, so this was great opportunity. Before coming to this class, I knew bits and pieces of Korean from friends.


Visiting the Intensive Beginner Mandarin Class

Visiting the Intensive Beginner Chinese Mandarin Course. Dajiahao! Ever want to start learning Mandarin? I was fortunate enough to be able to hop into an Intensive Mandarin class at Hills Learning that is typically offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Today’s class I observed was Intensive Beginner Mandarin taught by Yutong Chen.


Director's Corner - 03/14/14

I’d like to try to post and give some updates about Hills Learning and how things are going at the school. I will start it off by writing a “Director’s Corner”, and soon to follow will be excerpts from our teachers, students, and other faculty at the school that can talk a little bit about their experiences at Hills Learning and how their classes and jobs are going. 


Interview with Director of Hills Learning, 11-05-13

Interview with Jon Hills, Director of Hills Learning. The interview was done by Rolls Andre on 11-05-13, who is responsible for Hills Learning Facebook, and is also an instructor at Hills Learning. 1.When and most importantly why did you start Hills Learning? – Hills Learning was started in January 2009, a tough time for business but a great opportunity for students looking to learn language and choose a new career path.


Entrepreneur Series: Mr. Nem Bajra, CEO of Calsoft

Entrepreneur Series: Mr. Nem Bajra, CEO of Calsoft Presented by Seiwajuku New York Partnerships for financial success Our partnerships with each other – our vendors, clients, and colleagues – are the most enriching, rewarding aspects of work. In particular, our partnerships with our employees are critical to financial success.


Language Learning 101: Interaction Among Learners

In this week’s article, we will continue our discussion on how teachers and learners can create a favourable learning environment and benefit from it. The effective learning tip of this week is collaborative learning. Collaborative learning is characterised by interaction and cooperation among learners. This learning approach is based on sharing of ideas and learning from one another.


Asian Networking - The Kimono's Mysteries Revealed! on 11/02/10

The Kimono is perhaps the most famous article of clothing from Asia. Its beauty and mystery will be revealed from our guest speaker, the general manager of Nihon Wasou in New York City, Mr. Fujii. Mr. Fujii and his colleagues will demonstrate the intricacies of the kimono, how to wear one, and the cultural significance of the kimono both to New Yorkers and to the Japanese.


Learning Language Effectively: Choose Your Own Goal - JLPT as an example

The easiest way to measure how effective education is is test scores. When students score high on tests it not only makes teachers look good, but schools overall will be more likely to get government funding with higher test scores. Traditionally tests are the easiest way to measure the abilities of a student, but are they effective when learning a language?