Creative Photo Contest 2021

Presenting our student family Photo contest for 2021.

Many of our students enjoyed participating in last year’s event. The activity got students and families to look around to see more. It gave them new things to talk about and try while practicing and thinking in English outside of class. You can do it any time of day. Even when just riding in the car.

We’re looking forward to seeing even more people join this year.
We’re looking forward to seeing your creative photos.

We use the photographs to teach a number of lessons, from technology to composition to idiomatic expressions and poetry. It becomes something more than a contest.

Below are the three videos we created from some of the photos that were chosen by the students that took them.






ニューヨーク近郊の学校は昨年のコロナが始まった頃からオンライン授業を取り入れているため、多くの学生や父兄がオンラインに慣れてきていると言う現実とstay homeで家に居る時間が多くなり家からでも習える事に前向きに取り組んでいる方が増えてきているとも感じています。そして何よりも上達した英語力を維持し更なる飛躍を目指す人が多くなっているからでしょう。これからの未来がオンラインを通してより更にグローバル化すると考える方が増えている証かもしれません。





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.


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


運営20年 – Marking 20yrs around!

An international couple — unique upbringings that support others’ learning English language using both English and Japanese made so much sense for us to keep it going for 20 years. Now we know for sure that we’re making the right decision to keep doing what we love and are good at.

Thanks to many students who have trusted us and enjoyed the moments in the lessons with us. We’ll keep on going doing our best.

この度マティソンイングリッシュは無事20年目を迎える事ができました。 経歴の異なる アメリカ人と日本人の2人が英語を教える事に意義を感じながらここまでやってくることができたのも私達を信頼し毎週通ってくれている皆さんがいるお陰です。本当にありがとうございます。



受講生の声 VOICE

クリス先生・みおさんのサポートもあってKが英語を話す楽しさを知ることが出来ました。マティソンイングリッシュでの体験レッスンに伺った時、Kに使わせてくれたクリス先生自作のオリジナルのカード。とてもユニークであの時「あ、Kにピッタリの先生を見つけた!!」っと思いました。 Kにたくさんの楽しいこと、面白いこと、笑い飛ばしてポジティブでいること、いい影響を与えて下さりありがとうございました。一つ一つがKの財産です。 Y.N


初の海外生活…不安ばかりでしたが、いつもメンタルをキープ出来たのはChris&Mioさんに相談出来る!という支えがあったからです。いつもお話しに行くのが楽しみでした。感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです… H.A

Whatever we experienced and enjoyed with you is unforgettable experiences. Thanks to Chris-san, Mio-san and your sons, we could have fulfilling days in NY!  We are looking forward to hearing good news again and we hope that we can go to Harrison again. Y.N

いつも温かいお言葉をいただき、心が救われてました。 NY生活においてMattisonは2人にとってもそして私にとっても忘れることのないかけがえのない場所です。 どうか2人のことをこれからも見守ってやってください。M.S


私達が★★や日本などへ住まいを移したとしても、マティソンファミリーのみなさんとずっと繋がっていたいと思っていますので、もしスケジュール都合がつけば、また家族でスカイプなどを利用してお付き合いを続けていければな、と思っています! J.N


クリス、ミオさんは我が子達にとっても私にとってもオアシスでしたよ。本当にお世話になりました。 この前初めてYが英検受けてみようかなー。なんて呟いてました。え!あの子が!と驚きました。ミオさんと英検の勉強が楽しかったみたいです。K.K


ここハリソンに来て、右も左もわからない時からMioさん、Chrisさんには親子共々英語を通じて教えていただいたことがたくさんあります。本当に感謝しております。ありがとうございました!! M.M



~Not a moment of life is wasted on a farm~

Mattison Farm Stay 2019 has started.
A little update between our sessions while we are back to Harrison, NY for a few days.

Our first group was from all different ages and backgrounds. It’s great to see them work hard together and get along so well.
Our focus on this program is to let them experience wonderful North-eastern American farms while we teach practical English,agriculture economy, environmental issues and American culture.

As each day went by, we saw changes in them.

They were able to see what was happening to take responsibilities independently, but still work together.
There are so many things we would like to tell you.
Since we’ll start another session on 7/31, we are focusing on preparation now.

We’ll be on the farm without internet for a while again, so we apologize if we can’t get in touch with you quickly.
The whole new 2019 farm stay experience will be updated in August!
Have a great summer everyone!


満員御礼☆Farm Stay2019

Farm Stay 2019 is SOLD OUT, THANK YOU!
Again, we get to introduce a whole new world to 10 of our great friends.
We are so excited for both A and B Mattison Farm Stay sessions. During our farm stay, participants will learn and experience about;

☆sustainable farm living in modern society(economy)

☆American culture and manners(sociology)

☆building strong English communication skills(English Language)

We can hardly wait to see them! Please keep your eye on our upcoming program. Thank you for your support!






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