Holiday Activity 2020


In-Person lesson Holiday Activity

As we approach this holiday season, we decided to do “Holiday Activity” for those who attend in-person lessons.

Many schools in the US have started all remote learning recently. It took us a long time to decide whether we should do this kind of activity or not.
However, we believe our one-to-one teaching environment is safe enough as long as we follow the state guidelines.

As much as we are sorry for those who are quarantined at this moment, we hope to bring cheer and smiles to as many students as possible.

Please provide your child a well fitting mask while he/she attend our in-person lessons to protect others and us.

Happy Thanksgiving 2020


We, at Mattison English, would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to each of you this Thanksgiving.

This year has been full of even more challenges due to the pandemic. We all have been able to work together to grow and expand your students’ English abilities and awareness.
Thank you for your cooperation and resilience with the changing guidelines. With effort, we can get through this if we continue to care for and communicate with each other.
We’ll keep doing our best to create a strong connection with our students, so they can find their place in the world of English. That bond is important for their confidence and interest and makes for productive lessons whether online or in person.
We feel blessed and lucky for our health, family and friends.
Our hearts go out to all of those who are suffering from sickness and hunger this year. 
Please take care of yourself and each other.

Creative Photo Challenge Videos


We believe, when people enjoy doing something, they will naturally become curious, more motivated, and get better at it.

Watch the Student Made Videos
Video 1
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Video 2

We are using the photos from our “Photo Challenge” in our lessons. Students are creating videos out of the pictures in which they can be descriptive and creative with their English by writing captions and in some cases even poems.
この夏に行ったアクティビティ”Photo Challenge”の写真を日々のレッスン内で活用をしています。ハンズオンアクティビティとし、生徒さんと一緒にビデオを作製をし、叙景的でクリエイティブな英語表現、また詩のようなキャプションを完成させる生徒さんもいます。

Each photo is displayed only for 10 seconds, so it is a challenge to read each caption within that amount of time. Try it and then try it again. Let’s see if you become faster at reading.

Creative Photo Challenge


During this summer, we had a *remote* activity which every one could participate in from anywhere in the world. The rule was very simple. We gave a list of things to take pictures of. Just like scavenger hunting, but with taking pictures of objects.
For example we had these in the list;
*A picture of a food of you cooked
*A picture of you frozen in the air
*A police officer waving
*Something that looks like it has a face

Thank you for submitting so many photographs for the challenge! We are amazed at the creativity of everyone. Over 500 pictures were submitted from many students.
We have reviewed the entries and decided on who will be getting awards for their participation! Some pics are at the bottom of this blog.
Students will be notified during their lessons about the results. 
皆さん, Photo Challengeへの沢山の応募をありがとうございました。今回は500枚以上の写真がエントリーされました。参加者の創造力のすばらしさに驚いています。すべての写真に目を通し、Award受賞者を決定しました。このブログ下にいくつか写真を載せます。結果は参加者にそれぞれレッスン中にお知らせします。

The photo challenge is an event that serves a purpose in our students’ development of their English skills.By taking the photos, learners have hands-on experiences they can learn about their surroundings and their communities.Together, we can develop vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills by describing, commenting on, and talking about everyone’s pictures.As many of those who have experienced living in foreign countries before are experts in communicating in English, this kind of activity provides an emotional attachment which should lead to better memorization of any new language that comes up, so they are prepared to instantly utilize those skills whenever needed. 

このPhoto Challengeは、アクティビティを通して参加者の英語能力の発達を目指す目的で行われました。自身で又は家族と一緒にHand-on Experience; 実践的な体験に取り組むことにより、身近にある物や地域に目を向け学びながら、自分で撮った写真を説明する表現法、他者の写真にコメントする表現法を学びます。実践的で生きた英単語、英文法、そして重要なコミュニケーション能力をアクティビティを通して伸ばしていく事ができます。海外生活経験者に英語万能者が多いのも、言語の習得は、自身の経験に基づく感情表現や単語は習得、記憶し易く、何時でもとっさに対応できる力になり得るからです。

Mattison English used to hold annual Speaking Contests and Writing Contests. However, under the COVID19 circumstance, we were seeking an event that both student and family members can join while improving their English skills.  We are so grateful that so many students participated in Japan and the US.  We hope this has been an enjoyable experience for you and your family.Thanks again. 

マティソンでは長年<Speaking Contest><Writing Contest>を行っていましたが、この度コロナ禍に至り,このような状況下でも参加者やご家族がより遊び心を交えて参加できる、英語飛躍につながるアクティビティを検討していました。予想以上に日米間よりお子さんから大人までの参加者が募り嬉しく思っています。これからも色んな方面から皆さんの英語習得へのサポートを続けて参ります。

Back to School 2020


Here comes the sun! As you begin a new school year, we hope you build new trails and seek new horizons.

NY is ready for students to start a brand new school year. Every student is excited yet anxious to see what is about happen. The schools have their own unique learning styles to keep their learners safe and provide the education they need.

We, Mattison English stand by our students and support whatever challenges they may have to face this time of the year.

Stay curious, surround yourself with wisdom…..and let’s accept a new culture and language! No matter what, it’s going to be a great year. Let’s hop on the boat and start the journey!

Let’s get ready!


After 2 weeks off due to cancelling our summer program, “Mattison Farm Stay”, we are ready to get back to work fully charged!

During our 2 weeks off, we got a lot done and were able to relax some. It was a great time to think about our students and how we want to provide the best way to improve their English skills from kindergartners to college students as well as business clients.

We appreciate our students’ trust and hard work even through this pandemic. As NY opens up, we will continue to welcome students as well as newcomers in a clean sanitized environment and online.

See you all soon.

During COVID-19


We hope everyone is well and staying safe during these hard times.

Mattison English has been conducting our lessons online. Of course we would prefer to have everyone come over to our house for classes but we all have to work through this together.

At this time, our students have fewer chances to be exposed to live English since everything is shut down. We are glad to offer the opportunity for them all to have the chance to speak to a live person albeit online. It is important for them to keep their conversation skills oiled and ready for action so when they do go back to school or back into public they won’t be so rusty.

Something we noticed during online lessons:
Students that are used to coming to our lessons feel safe and confident being with us . They are more themselves when they can have privacy when they talk to us online. They can completely focus and be more involved in the lesson if they are not distracted by other people in the room. They need to take chances when they speak English and can depend on us to correct them when it is important or ask us questions.

What can you do?
As well as talking with us, students and their families could make times when they speak English to each other by playing games, cooking together, looking at art online or just chatting.
これは通学・オンラインに関わらずいえる事ですが、ご家庭内で「English time」と家族みんなが英語を話す時間を短時間作ってみたりするもの変化があってお勧めです。英会話をしながらボードゲームや料理をしたりするのはいかがでしょう。またEnglish版のオンラインゲームや洋画、洋楽、youtubeなども効率的に用いるのも良いでしょう。

We are all in this together and get through this together.

…☆募集開始・Open registration☆ …NY Farm Stay… ファームステイ2020


Announcing open registration for
New York Farm Stay 2020.

『英語スキルアップ, 地球環境への意識、農からのぞく経営のしくみ、農からの食育』では、現代社会の中での大切な知識と、未来を予想し選択する判断力を楽しく身に付けることを目標にしています。



This farm stay provides many mind opening experiences that give a deeper grass roots understanding of the world around us.
People from elementary school through college can develop strong English and problem solving skills by being part of real working American farms.
The many different people they meet help them to understand the connection between environmental issues, economics, social awareness, food culture and their own futures.

“Improve English skills, Environmental awareness, Observe economic system from an agricultural viewpoint, Food education”

Please send us an email for more information.

1860年代から4世代に渡りNY北、オンタリオ湖ふもとで家族酪農を運営し現在に至ります。1200エーカー(約4.8平方km)に及ぶ壮大な敷地を利用しNY在住の英語講師、マティソン夫婦が13年間「英語、農業、文化、環境」のコラボレーションを実現しファームステイを提供しています。牧場には放牧している牛Grass-Fed-Beef(牧草飼育牛肉)を始め牛舎には豚、馬、Cage Freeの鶏(放し飼い)がいます。敷地内にはビーバーが住む池や大昔の化石採集ができる丘もあります。150年以上の歴史を持つ古き良きアメリカ家族、ファミリー牧場でのファームステイはプログラムに関わる人々が皆親戚、友人と、とてもアットホームな雰囲気で参加者を家族の様に受け入れます。





=Happy New Year 2020=
We see ourselves reflecting on the past years and those who have helped to shape Mattison English. The year 2019 was quite a year for us!
It is in this spirit that we say thank you and we hope that 2020 will be just as memorable for you and your loved ones.
We look forward to seeing and supporting you for years to come.


ーChris and Mio Mattison-

Happy Holidays everyone!


What a year we had!
Again, we’ve come to the end of the year. Meeting so many new people brought us so much joy and inspiration to do our best.

Living in NY is so dramatic each day since we live in a place where we encounter people with such diverse needs and goals.

We accept the challenge and appreciate the opportunity to meet each individual student’s demands to help fulfill their lives all over the world.

A little note, we’ve started to accept FARM STAY 2020 applications.
And we are closed 12/22-1/5.

We wish everyone wonderful holidays with loved ones.

Love, Chris & Mio