Welcome to Step Up Learning Centre.

About us

Step up Learning Centre, is an English conversation school that was established with the aim of creating affordable and effective private English lessons for children and adults who wish to learn English as a second language. This is a small, friendly and personal English service that provides the highest quality English education under the direction of an experienced native English teacher.

I offer a wide range of services that caters for everyone’s needs, whether it’s free flowing conversation, general English conversation or professional business English lessons. I am a well-respected English teacher that offers lessons to students in Japan and all over the World with the aim of improving their English skills.


Message from founder of Step Up

Hi, I'm Mark Oakden, an experienced English teacher from Nottingham in the UK. I immigrated to Japan in 2008, where I have been working in a variety of exclusive English schools in Yokohama and Tokyo. These experience have influenced me to pass on my English and life experiences to students wishing to learn English

I therefore decided to establish “Step Up Learning Centre”, which specializes in offering high quality English lessons to all levels of students. I aim to quickly and effectively help students improve their English language ability and confidence.

Each lesson is personally adapted to each student’s learning ability and general language needs. My Students highly enjoy their lessons, as I’m sure that you will too. From my experience I am confident that you will improve your English language skills with my ongoing support.

Please feel free to contact me and let’s see how I can help you.

Learn English wherever you want, when you want on Skype

Pick lesson times that fit around your lifestyle and learn online from any location with Skype, lessons are affordable and flexible.

Conversation lessons with an experienced British English teacher

Build fluency and confidence through interactive conversation lessons with a professional and effective native English teacher.

 Tailor made lessons matched to your individual goals

Tailor made lessons delivered to fit your personal goals, my language training gives you the support & motivation you need to succeed with a personal touch.

Private one to one lessons that focus on your communication skills

One of the important thing in learning English is to communicate with native English speakers. In my lessons, you will be able to communicate and correct your English pronunciation and grammar.



  • My son has been indebted to Mark since he was 4 years old. He loves Mark’s calm nature, and the heartwarming lessons. It seems that my son enjoys their time together, and shows disappointment when he cannot have a lesson. I have not personally done any preparations or review with my son, but after two years he can now talk with Mark freely in English, and he can read and write. I am grateful to Mark, as my son enjoys communicating with foreigners and expresses greetings easily on the go.

  • Mark is a very friendly British teacher. He will offer you the lesson you want. He is a very good teacher and I would recommend him to all students who want to start English conversation lessons.

  • I can brush up my English in a very relaxed atmosphere. This is thanks to Mark's polite, gorgeous and serious character.

  • Mark is a gentle person accustomed to teaching adults, I am enhancing my interest in English, and so I feel I’m absorbing the words quickly. I share my joy with my wonderful teacher and my family.

  • I need to speak English with my Indian colleagues at my work in Yokohama; Thanks to Mark, I am now working on my job properly. This is due to his professional business English lessons.

  • Our seven-year-old son has been learning English from Mark since he was four. The private lesson makes him confident in talking with native English speakers. He prefers the private lessons rather than to go to other group lessons. And now our younger son has also joined.