Emi Kamiya, MA, MS, PhD, is an English as a Second Language (ESL) coach, educator, and researcher. She is the founder of Kamiya English Coaching, which provides online coaching services for Japanese learners of English. She is the first language coach from Asia to be certified by Efficient Language Coaching, and the first licensed teacher trainer to provide the Neurolanguage Coaching® Certification course in Japanese, accredited by the International Coaching Federation.
As a coach, Emi applies her extensive experience in language education, both in the US and Japan, which includes: teaching English as a second or foreign language to learners of all ages (from 3 to 80+) from various linguistic backgrounds; teaching Second Language Acquisition to MS TESOL students; supervising teaching practicums in the TESOL program; and teaching Japanese as a foreign language to college students. Emi supports and encourages her clients to acquire the skills that will enable them to autonomously continue their own learning.
As a researcher, Emi studies Japanese learners’ use of English in real-life conversations. Her research interests include English as a foreign language, Conversation Analysis, and Intercultural Pragmatics. For her dissertation work, Emi analyzed skype conversations between Japanese learners of English and native- or non-native speakers of English, focusing on the influence of cultural backgrounds of the participants.
A native of Nagoya, Japan, Emi spent nearly 15 years in the US, first in Kentucky and then in New York. She was educated at the State University of New York at Albany.