Philip Harding’s Extended Resume



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TESOL professional with over thirty years’ experience in classroom instruction, curriculum creation, and administration; private school administrator and key TESOL program creator for public schools in Japan and China. Skilled copyeditor of research papers by non-native English speaking scholars in medicine, commerce, and ecotechnology, successful in helping hundreds of academic papers get published.



English education professional with experience in EFL instruction since 1986. Curriculum planning and implementation; Activities planning and creation; Syllabus development for primary school, middle school, and higher education; Syllabus creation for adult students in English for Specific Purposes. Tutoring small groups in language labs; Teaching large public school classes; Classroom management and motivation; Coordinating free conversation classes; Vocabulary acquisition and use; Phonology and pronunciation; IPA and modified script; Idiomatic English and slang; Explaining and illustrating grammar in practical application and use; Tutoring TOEIC, TOEFL, and IELTS.

Adaptive to nearly all classroom situations, including higher education lecturing. Porting exams, quizzes and related curriculum to the Web.


Background in comprehensive syllabus development, modern grammar, and phonetics/phonics training.



English language editor and proofreader since 1986. Proofreader of academic papers promoting green energy adoption and logistics; Transcriber for technology innovation conferences in Guangdong, China, 2017 and 2018; Proofreader for the Appellate Court in Guangdong, China 2018,; Japanese to English translator; Medical article proofreader and consultant in Fukuoka, Japan; Medical conference and presentation advisor, Kyushu University, Japan; English language curriculum developer for the Japanese Ministry of Education; Ministry of Tourism translator Kyushu, Japan; Translator of travel documents; Translator of official documents for overseas study; Bilingual advertiser and marketing; Proofreader for promotional materials of IT products such as mobile phones and solar panels; Proofreader for health and comfort products; Translator and English instructor for the Superior Court in Kyushu, Japan; Comprehensive proofreading and translation experience in a wide range of projects.

Work Experience

Social Worker/Direct Service Provider

Provider of services to the mentally ill and physically disabled. – Creston, IA

September 2012 to Present

Direct Service Provider to mentally ill consumers. Assist in developing and maintaining consumer goals. Provide transportation and oversight when escorting consumers at medical appointments, help make healthy grocery shopping decisions and maintaining budgets, keeping detailed records in daily summaries.

TEFL Instructor

Guangzhou City Polytechnic – Guangzhou, CN

September 2017 to July 2019

China, Guangzhou City Polytechnic. My professional activity at Xuchang University (below) is exactly parallel to my current work at Guangzhou City Polytechnic.

Curriculum Developer and Instructor of English Oral Communications

Henan Province – CN

August 2015 to June 2017

Analysis and modelling of reduced speech and intonation; training in replacing Chinese language artifacts in speech with native-speaker correspondence; prepare students for verbal discourse and response in standard English. Devised transliteration of reduced speech patterns into IPA. Utilized WordPress to deliver quizzes and exams, creating an interactive and motivating learning experience.


Fukuoka, Japan, Planet Communications – JP

September 2014 to August 2015

Japanese to English translator for RECRUIT, Japan; online translation of university term papers and professional research papers (social sciences)

Kyushu Prefectural High Court English Training Coordinator

NOVA and Holdings

October 2014 to July 2015

Temporary English teaching position. Coached high court officers to handle foreigners who apply in court but have little or no Japanese skills. Coached same officers to raise their listening scores in TOEIC. Earned successful approval ratings on both counts.

-Planet English. Tutored students for the TOEIC exam; gave presentations on test-taking strategies.

Linguistics Researcher

Vientiane City College

August 2014 to September 2014

Vientiane, People’s Republic of Laos

Vientiane City College

Brief sabbatical: Studied Thai and Lao script and phonology in comparison to Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese.

Oral Communications Instructor and Collaborator

Guangzhou City Polytechnic – Guangzhou, CN

March 2012 to July 2014

Curriculum developer. In charge of developing and teaching curriculum for large classes of first year college students. Assessed and implemented techniques to encourage students’ active participation in verbal English communication. Worked with and advised colleagues on modern communicative methodology. Counselled and encouraged students. Administered and planned English corner. Judged and advised speech contests.

Team Language Teacher

Japanese Ministry of Education

April 2011 to February 2012

Researched, modelled and taught phonics and reduced speaking patterns to classes of thirty students from grades 1-6. Counselled and supported Japanese instructors of English. Presented realistic learning experiences through drama via picture books, educational media, and role-play.

Curriculum Designer, Advertiser, Translator, English language Instructor

Aces Language School – Tokyo, Japan

December 2010 to March 2011

Designed English instructional materials for a local training school. Tutored both children and adults in English. Designed and translated advertisements and pamphlet. Translated pamphlets from English to Japanese.

Freelance Japanese to English translator, proofreader, and editor

Chiba-ken, Japan – St. Louis, MO

February 2009 to November 2010

Japan, St. Louis, MO, U.S.A.

Planet Communications. Freelance Japanese to English translator, proofreader, and editor. Freelance Japanese Language Instructor. Freelance importer of educational robotic materials.

Homeroom teacher

PALS English Immersion Kindergarten, Fukuoka, Japan

July 2008 to January 2009

Taught a variety of subjects in English to kindergarten age toddlers. Promoted English fluency with success in children ranging in ages from 2-6.

Private School Owner

Planet English, Fukuoka, Japan

July 1998 to June 2008 – Fukuoka, Japan

Planet English. Established a professional and friendly English Conversation school of approximately 175 students. Developer, chief administrator, and promoter. Acted as supervisor of and main contributor to curriculum development, resulting in a demonstrable increase in student motivation, fluency, and language retention. Developed methods that resulted in an increase in student body of 300% over our first five years. Held retention rates of over 90% per year on average.

Devised lessons in communicative English, primarily through activity and task-based approaches. Developed an age-scaled phonics program and experimented with simplified approaches to grammar drills based on modern linguistic theory. Tutored students for tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), The Test of English For International Communications (TOEIC), and the Japanese STEP Test for English Proficiency for both adults and children.

Curriculum Translation and Editing

Fukuoka, Japan, Planet Communications September 1998 to May 2008 editor of promotional activities; copywriter for advertising and marketing; freelance proofreader of medical articles and presentations; curriculum translator; translator of documents for overseas study; web page creator, translator in public schools for English teaching training; freelance translator and consultant for local language schools

Director of English Studies

Japanese Ministry of Education – Fukuoka, Japan

April 2003 to March 2007

Japan concurrent with self-employment at Planet Communications)

Nishi-Magazine Elementary School. Director of English Studies (independent contract). First native English speaker to be hired by this school as an English instructor. Created a modern English program and syllabus for grades one to six focused on activity-based instruction. Worked closely with the principal, vice-principal, and teachers.


Leave of Absence, Fukuoka City – JP

March 1998 to June 1998

Planned and coordinated founding Planet Communications, a language learning and communications institute,

Will English. Head Instructor

NOVA and Holdings – JP

February 1996 to February 1998

Taught English Conversation to a wide range of classes, from preschoolers to adults. Planned curriculum. Trained new instructors. Tutored professionals for overseas business trips.


Sabbatical – Honolulu, HI

January 1994 to January 1996

Sabbatical: studied TESOL and Asian Studies while working as a general clerk in an organic food Co-Op.

Guide, Interpreter

Aloha Tours – Honolulu, HI

November 1992 to December 1993

Reception; Served as a tour desk guide in a bilingual capacity to serve and orientate clients.

Will English. Head Instructor

NOVA and Holdings – JP

October 1989 to October 1992

Taught English Conversation to a wide range of classes both in terms of age and level, from preschoolers to adults. Planned curriculum. Was in charge of training for new instructors. Tutored businesspeople for overseas business trips.

EC English Academy Instructor

EC English Academy – New York, NY

March 1989 to September 1989

Taught practical English conversation and business English to young professionals. Received my first authentic training and experience in TESOL.


Philosophical Library – New York, NY February 1989 to August 1989

Proofread manuscripts accepted for publication. Discussed style and content with editorial staff and writers. Received positive feedback on editorial skills.

Staff writer

Jet Lag Magazine – St. Louis, MO January 1981 to December 1982 for a local music magazine. Wrote reviews and articles for recorded music and live performances.


Bachelor’s in Japanese

Japanese Language Institute (Sophia University) 1988 to 1989

Bachelor’s in Political Science (Exchange Student)

Sophia University – Tokyo, JP 1987 to 1989

Bachelor’s in Political Science

B.A. University of Missouri at Columbia 1988


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages University of Missouri 1988


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • retail sales
  • Japanese
  • WordPress
  • Teaching
  • Translation
  • Proofreading
  • Writing Skills








Certifications and Licenses

iTTT TEFL and TESOL Training Certificate (120 hours course) 2017

Japanese Language Proficiency Exam, 1st Level December 1996

First Aid and CPR Certification

MANDT Certification

Med Manager Certification