Han is an English and Speech-Communication specialist,
and has won numerous awards both in the United States
He graduated from the University of Hawaii, with a degree
in Speech-Communication. (In American universities,
Speech can be majored in as an academic subject. There
are Masters and Doctorate Degrees for Speech-Communication.)
In 1978, Richard Han was named Best Speaker at the "National
Speech and Drama Festival. "
He worked as a radio broadcaster in Honolulu, before
joining Sony Language Laboratory in Japan. He created
Sony's English Speech Program, served as Program
Supervisor, and was their Chief Speech Instructor.
Han is most famous for his outstanding ability as an
1980, he has personally taught conversational English,
Business English, and his Copyrighted SPEECH-COMMUNICATION
COURSE to more than 15,000 men and women in Japan.
He has motivated both beginners and experienced
speakers, both young and old. A number of native English
speakers have also signed up to take his Speech-Communication
Classes, aiming to become Effective Speakers.
Mr. Han's students, time and time again, have made extraordinary
progress by taking his courses, following his methods.
is for everyone!" Richard Han says, ". . .
everyone interested in improving their English communication
Over the years, his students have included: company
executives, university students, university professors,
engineers, businessmen, TV writers, movie actors, high
school English teachers, high school students, housewives,
secretaries, doctors, and TV newscasters . . . among
Han's Speech Courses are presently used in top companies
and universities throughout Japan. He has written Speech
Teaching Manuals, and has organized workshops to instruct
English teachers how to teach Speech-Communication.
Mr. Han has also organized numerous Speech Contests.
He is known as an entertaining emcee, a perceptive judge,
and an inspiring lecturer. As a coach, he led his students
to win the "All-Japan English Speech
Tournament," five years in a row!
the years, he has also taught TV acting and directing
in English. In 1986, he won the "All-Japan
Video Contest," sponsored by Nihon
Television. In the fall of that same year, he entered
the prestigious "Bilingual Speech
Contest " for the Kobe Mayor's
Cup. He entered ". . . to test myself, if I could
still win as a speaker, not only teach speakers how
He won the First Prize.
From 1987 to 1988, he co-starred as a "regular"
with actor Kiichi Nakai (also his student), in a 12-part
TV Drama locationed in Australia and Japan. The one-hour
shows were networked throughout Japan by Fuji Television,
and were also televised in the United States.
In 1992, he played the leading role in NHK radio's popular
"Business English Conversation
" program. And since then, he has taken
part in NHK TV's "World Business English,"
both as an actor and as a speech coach.
Han's mother is Japanese, and he understands the problems
and needs that Japanese people face when using English.
been an English conversation teacher myself, I have
always felt that there is a limit to a student's progress
with the traditional textbook/Q and A method. Up to
a certain point this is OK. But real communication
abilities cannot be reached only through this
method. There is a big difference between 'speaking
English words' and 'communicating with people.'
this 'gap' can be filled through the study of Speech-Communication.
We see a clear difference between people who have studied
Speech-Communication and those who have never studied
believe there should be a place that ideally satisfies
all his knowledge and experience, he established RICHARD
HAN SPEECH ACADEMY in 1988.
He is presently its Chief-Instructor.
. . . and you might be his next student.