Cara Blythe Phillips


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Summary of English Teaching Qualifications


14 years private tutoring in English (conversation, writing composition, TOEIC, etc.)

3 ½ years teaching EFL conversation/listening & speaking at Japanese universities

4 years teaching content-based English lessons (cooking, movies, music and visual arts) to all ages

4 years online teaching: EFL conversation and writing composition to native and non-native speakers

2 years teaching EFL writing composition at a Japanese university

2 ½ years teaching TOEFL listening, structure and reading at an American university in Japan

1 year teaching EFL writing composition at an American university in Japan

1 year teaching ESL conversation classes to adult learners in the U.S.

1 year teaching EFL conversation classes to adult learners in Japan

1 year teaching EFL and computers at a Japanese kindergarten

6 months teaching Japanese international school primary-level English classes

6 months training primary school teachers in EFL (in a developing country)   

4 months teaching ESL composition at a university in the U.S.

4 months teaching English composition to native speakers at a university in the U.S.

2 months teaching computers in English to grades 1-10 (in a developing country)



Employment History


Homemade English    <>

Adachi-ku, Tokyo (Teacher’s home classroom and SKYPE online)

October 2009 to Present

Private and Small-Group English Instructor and Business Owner: Over 100 adult and over 20 child students to date. Teaching TOIEC, TOEFL, Business English, cooking, music, movies, visual arts, writing composition and English conversation on various topics. Assigning homework; administering quizzes and tests; performing level assessment and evaluation of student progress; creating online tests and learning games; creating full-course, party course and easy cooking menus with English explanation; designing arts and crafts curriculum for students and oil painting curriculum for adults; hosting parties and special events for students, their friends and their families.


Mitsubishi Cable Industries   <>

Yurakucho, Tokyo

June 2008 to Present

English Club Teacher: Leading an English discussion group on Wednesday evenings with working professionals at their corporate office in Tokyo. The first half of the class is free topic discussion and the second half is repetition, pronunciation, role-play practice and further discussion, occasionally using the book *魔法の口ぐせ英語* (chosen by the English Club members).


Temple University, Japan Campus    <>

Azabu-Juban, Tokyo

January 2010 to July 2012

AEP (Academic English Program) English Lecturer:  Teaching 90-minute TOEFL and English Composition classes, 6-9 hours a week (4-17 students per class). Designing syllabi, planning lessons, and writing tests, quizzes, and assignments, using the textbook and other materials. Other duties include: assigning grades; attending meetings with other instructors; selecting appropriate textbooks for each course. Once students have completed the AEP Programs 1, 2, and 3 successfully, they can enter the Temple University undergraduate program. Also occasionally teaching special English programs for elementary, junior high and high school students and running teacher-training workshops for elementary and junior high school English teachers.


 “b” Watashi no Eikaiwa   <>

Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ginza, Tokyo

November 2009 to October 2011

Lesson Partner:  Taught around three to five 40-minute private lessons a week to female students only. Used textbooks and the internet (such as online dictionaries, pictures, information) in English conversation. Also wrote a “b” lesson partner blog entry each month.


First Steps International Preschool   <>

Higashi-Ikebukuro, Tokyo

October 2009 to March 2010

English Instructor: Taught one 2-hour beginner class twice a week (to 5 first and second graders) and one 5-hour mainstream Saturday class (to 16 first and second graders). Introduced American culture and taught vocabulary on various topics. Reviewed with games and worksheets, practicing pronunciation, instructing on handwriting and sentence construction (grammar).


At-home childcare

Inage, Chiba, Japan

May 2008 to April 2009

English Language Babysitter: Took care of a toddler in a Japanese language home, for about six hours most Saturdays and some Fridays. Fed, changed diapers, and performed other childcare duties in addition to teaching her English games, songs, and basic phrases.


Toyo Gakuen University, English Education Development Center (EEDC) <>

Nagareyama, Chiba, Japan

April 2008 to March 2009

Instructor of English (Tokubetsu Koushi): Taught four first-year speaking classes, two second-year conversation classes, one second-year comics class (all 90 minutes, class size 25-30). Also taught one extracurricular Environmental Activism class spring (class size 11) and one extracurricular TOEIC preparation class fall  (class size 4). Lastly, taught conversation classes to community members via the Extension Center:  1 class spring, 2 summer, and 2 winter (class size 4-12). Designed syllabi, planned lessons, assigned grades, and wrote tests, quizzes, and assignments using the textbook and other materials. Other duties included: chatting with students during lunchtime in the English Lounge twice a week; attending meetings with other instructors; working on a project creating autonomous learning activities for the university’s English lounge website; attending teaching workshops and conferences; and conducting research.


Kwansei Gakuin University, Department of Economics <>

Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan

April 2006 to March 2008

Instructor of English as a Foreign Language (I.E.F.L.): Taught nine 90-minute listening and speaking classes and one 90-minute academic writing class a week, to mainly first and second-year economics majors (class size 30-40). Designed syllabi, planned lessons, and wrote tests, quizzes, and assignments, using the textbook and other materials. Other duties included: assigning grades; attending meetings with other instructors; selecting appropriate textbooks for each course; judging speech contests when called upon; attending teaching workshops and conferences; and conducting research.


Vantage Japan, Inc. <>

Tokyo, Japan 

March 2005 to March 2006

Kindergarten EFL/Computer Instructor (in Chiba): Taught six 30-minute classes a day, half of which incorporated computers (English learning software), to 3-7 year olds. Focused morning lessons (class size 18-30) on spoken English – reciting vocabulary, following classroom commands, and playing games in English – and the afternoon classes (class size 1-20) on spoken and written English – utilizing textbooks, storybooks, and worksheets. Helped revise the Wakaba Club (after-school English program) curriculum.


Westgate Corporation <>, University Program

Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan 

September 2004 to December 2004

EFL Instructor: Taught four 40-minute accredited English conversation classes a day at Toyo Women's College, Nagareyama City, Chiba and three 40-minute extracurricular conversation classes a day at Toyo Gakuen, Nagareyama Campus. Facilitated two "English Challenge" workshops per week for students.  Created lesson plans and catered those lessons to two different student levels (with corresponding textbooks).


Colorado State University, The Writing Studio <>

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

February 2004 to June 2004

Online English Writing Tutor: Assisted Universiteit Twente (The Netherlands) pre-masters students via e-mail, chat, and a multi-function Colorado State University online writing classroom called “The Writing Studio.”  Was one of two tutors working on this pilot project: managing the files, finding the most efficient methods, refining the logistics, etc.

Colorado State University, Department of English <>

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
August 2001 to May 2002

Composition Instructor: Taught two sections of College Composition, one to native speakers of English, one to non-native speakers. Focused on the student increasing and maintaining competency in academic composition:  summaries and analytical/personal responses to texts, knowledge of research strategies, citation/format, approaches to writing research papers, etc. Lectured, assigned/monitored peer workshops, graded essays, and created lessons plans from the curriculum and texts (Reading Culture, The Prentice Hall Guide).

Colorado State University, Writing Center <>

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
February 2001 to May 2002 and again in January 2004 to June 2004

Writing Center Consultant: Tutored one-on-one many different populations of adult students of various ages, learning needs, nationalities, cultures (from freshmen to PhD candidates, or non-students like faculty or community members). Helped whomever came in or e-mailed with any type of writing (at whatever stage in the writing process), be it brainstorming ideas for a three-page essay or fine-tuning format, citation, and final editing of a thesis.



Educational Background

Colorado State University <>
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Spring 2001 to Summer 2004
Master of Arts, August 2004

Major in English (TEFL/TESL)


University of Pittsburgh <>
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Fall 1998 to Fall 2000 
Bachelor of Arts, December 2000
Major in Japanese, Certificate in Asian Studies 

Summa Cum Laude

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University <>
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Fall 1997 to Spring 1998

School of Architecture

Volunteer Teaching Experience


WorldTeach, a Harvard University affiliate <>
Bethanie and Aroab villages, Namibia
June 2009 to August 2009

ICT Teacher and Teacher Trainer: planned and taught computer lessons for learners in a combined school (grades 1-10) in the morning, assisted the ICDL instructor with the teacher computer lessons in the afternoon. Co-planned/co-taught grade 10 geometry lessons. Helped organize a school library.


United States Peace Corps <>
Republic of Kiribati
October 2002 to July 2003

Primary School Teacher Trainer: provided in-service workshops, frequent observation of classes, co-planning/co-teaching of lessons (to better train the teachers to incorporate English language instruction in the primary school education curriculum). Taught the children directly at times.

Colorado State University Village <>

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

February 2001 to May 2001

Volunteer ESL Teacher: Taught informal English conversation classes with some explicit teaching of grammar (upon request) to mostly women/wives of international students at Colorado State University who wanted to improve their English skills. 



Other Expertise

Proficient in spoken and written Japanese

Basic knowledge of the Gilbertese/Kiribati language

Basic knowledge of Spanish

Computer skills: Microsoft Windows; Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel, and Front Page); Dreamweaver MX, Sandvox and other web design programs; WebCT and other online classroom set-up, maintenance, and navigation; Internet research skills. 



Professional Associations


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) <>

January 2004 to current


Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) <>

March 2007 to current





(2013) TOEFL ITP(R)テスト英文法スピードマスター(TOEFL ITP test English grammar speed master). Co-authored with Ryoko Takahashi. J-Research Publishing: September 2013. This book is available on Amazon Japan and in bookstores across Japan.


(2013) TOEFL(R) ITPテストスピードマスター完全模試 (TOEFL ITP test speed master: the complete test). Co-authored with Ryoko Takahashi.  J-Research Publishing: January 2013. This book is available on Amazon Japan and in bookstores across Japan.


(2009) Green your teaching.  In Toyo Gakuen University Journal, 17, pp. 195-205.  Nagareyama, Chiba, Japan: Toyo Gakuen University. Presented at the Cambodia TESOL conference in Phnom Penh on February 21, 2009.



(2008) Students impressions of Western culture(s) from watching music videos. In Kwansei Gakuin University Humanities Review, 12, pp.159-184.   Nishinomiya, Japan: Kwansei Gakuin University. Presented at the Thai TESOL conference in Khon Kaen on January 26, 2008. <>


(2007) How can we help students improve their TOEIC scores without ‘teaching to the test’?  In Kwansei Gakuin University Humanities Review, 11, pp.55-74.   Nishinomiya, Japan: Kwansei Gakuin University.




References available upon request.