Schools across Japan. Publisher of Happy Valley, bokoco.

Print and online English teaching materials for young children.

We also develop ELL and admin software.

Modern English

The first Modern English franchise started in Neyagawa, Osaka, in 1998, as one sole-trader-teacher advertising in local magazines and teaching students in a classroom in his apartment. The teacher spoke Japanese and answered all telephone enquiries, though realized professional sales and telephone staff were needed if the school was ever to take off.


Modern English Yugen Gaisha was incorporated and capitalised at JPY 3,000,000, staff hired and the company moved into premises near the station.

Modern English now has multiple schools, teaches corporate classes on- and off-site and via the internet, publishes learning materials in print and via apps, provides a book packaging service and has an annual consolidated revenue of around US$1,250,000. The original sole-trader-teacher is now CEO.


Modern English is committed to giving value for money. As providers of a service, our aim is to offer what we look for as consumers. Competitively priced, we charge tuition fees at the end of the month. Our students can be satisfied that if they are not happy with what they are paying for, they can leave. We don’t tie anyone into long, expensive contracts.


As English is the common language of the world, we believe that Japanese can benefit from speaking English, whether at work, while travelling, talking to friends, looking for a new job or to retain a skill that already has a lot of time and money invested in it.


Our teaching staff are all qualified, experienced, fully-trained teachers who provide students something new to take home every lesson, whether it’s a new grammar point, ten new words written on a picture or an explanation of something they wanted to ask.




Our reception staff all speak English and have experience living, working and studying in foreign countries and are thus able to consult with and advise our students on any concerns they may have.


We offer a flexible make-up system so that if students are unable to come to class, they don’t lose any money.

Where available, we offer our teachers free Japanese lessons to help them understand mother tongue interference and better appreciate the students’ difficulties mastering a foreign language and culture.


As independent, foreign-owned, monthly-fee, private school, we rely on keeping our students to maintain our income. We pride ourselves on our ‘at-home’ atmosphere, open-door policy and position in the community. We are small and accessible but big enough to offer full support.


Our franchise system offers teachers the chance to have a modicum of independence while enjoying full professional support.

This enables them to develop relationships with their students, allowing them to better teach to their students’ needs, while enjoying a high degree of professional and financial freedom.


Through our non-franchise and affiliate system, we offer services to help while you maintain the unique identity of your non_Modern English school. Take your school to the next level with our support: scheduling, telephone, email, admin, fee collection and more.


The Modern English team is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and resources to our franchise owners and affiliate schools. Our team includes experienced educators, business experts, and support staff, all working together to help our partners achieve success.

Our franchise owners and school partners can rely on our team’s expertise in curriculum development, teacher training, marketing, sales, development and other areas needed to run a successful language school.

We understand that running a school or business can be challenging, That’s why we provide our partners with the guidance and support they need to be successful. When you join Modern English, you gain access to our team’s wealth of knowledge and experience, and can trust that you are in good hands.

Simon Moran

Simon Moran


Catherine Littlehale-Oki

Catherine Littlehale-Oki

Director of Curriculum – YL

Dr. Nick Campbell

Dr. Nick Campbell

Speech Communication Consultant

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