Since students do not have the opportunity to practice English in their region, Arata also launched a project for students who wanted to work as English-speaking tour guides at Nagoya Castle, a national historic site in “their” region. Arata received the Pearson English Global Teacher Award for Asia and Oceania for “working to improve student confidence. She contacted schools in five other countries to organize online video sessions where students could speak English and make presentations in a more natural context. So we met her at the Pearson Teachers Conference in Japan to see how she helps her students become better English learners. Each year, we select the world’s most passionate and inspiring English teachers and celebrate their achievements with the Pearson English Global Teacher Award. Arata explains that this gives students a natural context for speaking English. “After gaining confidence in themselves by dealing with the real English-speaking environment, some students began to explore their possibilities,” he says. Arata was one of five winners of the Pearson Global Teacher Award, chosen from 431 candidates from 65 countries on 6 continents. Arata has helped create many opportunities for her students who thought they were impossible, and with these accomplishments, we can see why she was chosen for this award. Arata Nishio is an English teacher at Kikuzato Municipal High School in Nagoya, Japan. First, some of her students asked her why they had to make presentations in English when the entire audience was Japanese. The Pearson English Global Teacher Award 2020 will be open to applications from October 5. Arata saw in these doubts an opportunity to adapt his teaching and decided that his students “needed more real environments”. Some volunteered as English interpreters for the Nagoya Robo Cup 2017, the Robotics World Championship, and another particularly shy student applied for the Tobitate Study Abroad initiative. He saw that his students didn’t trust them when they spoke English. Arata talks about a special videoconference with Finland, during which the students were given the topic “History.