The English Lounge is a Self-Access Learning Center (SALC) at Hirosaki University. This is a learning environment designed to promote HIRODAI students’ lifelong English language skills. The SALC provides a space that resembles a study abroad experience where students interact with other Japanese and international students to deepen their understanding of different cultures and improve their English fluency. The SALC also has resources for autonomous learning such as graded-readers, books, games, DVDs, and access to online learning opportunities. In addition, students can use numerous computers available in the center (read journal articles about Self-Access Learning in Japan).


Attached to the SALC is an active learning classroom where small seminars are held to develop students’ English proficiency and cross-cultural awareness, as well as, to prepare them for taking the TOEIC or TOEFL tests (read more about active learning).

Monday ~ Friday

Mornings 10:20 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m.

Afternoons 2:00 p.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.

The Active Learning Classroom attached to the SALC

Center for Liberal Arts Development & Practices

    Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education

The English Lounge

Learning to communicate with people from around the world

世界中の人々とコミュニケーションをしましょう