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Messaged by Previous Participants Japanses-Language for University students(Spring Course)


2013 Japanese Language program for Overseas Students (University Students/Spring Course)

Period:May 7th - June 20th 2013






The Program

Students from China, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Romania, Russia and Kenya participated in this 6 weeks program.

In classroom interactions we had Discussion and understanding Japan,Speech, Interview and Japanese language Variety through which we were able to talk and learn different kinds of new Japanese Expressions.

Other than that, we also had some cultural activities such as, how to wear a kimono, calligraphy, flower arrangement, Japanese drums, Aiki-Jujutsu, Japanese tea ceremony.and Study Trips (Nara, Kyoto and Wakayama). We had the opportunity to visit Nara and Kyoto where we saw famous shrines and temples. In addition to that, we visited Sennan City Shindachi Primary School; Osaka market sales control building and Kobe Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute. We interacted and interviewed students from Ritsumeikan and Mukogawajoshi University and some locals after which we made presentations on information that we gathered.

During the program, not only did we study Japanese but also experienced many things such as culture, Study Trips and interactive programs.


Japanese Classes.

In this program, we had four kinds of classes besides cultural activities as mentioned above. These are Discussion and understanding Japan,Speech, Interview and Japanese language Variety. In the Discussion and understanding Japan classes; we compared our countries to Japan in terms of traditions, education and environment etc. In the process, we not only got to learn about the Japanese society but also the societies of other different countries. As a result through comparison with other countries, we had a deeper understanding of Japan and the Japanese people.

We studied necessary expressions used in an interview in the interview classes and analyzed the information we gathered from interviewing university students and locals.

At the end of the program we presented the result of the interviews through power point presentations.

Speech classes involved writing and presenting of speeches after learning basic expressions. The first speech was about our universities’ activities while the second one was about countries.

In Japanese language variety classes, we learned about the expressions used by the youth in their daily lives, Kansai dialect and the use of onomatopoeia. It was therefore exciting to be able to understand the Kansai dialect and the youth expressions during interviews, home visits and interactive gatherings.

Besides the classes, there were study consultations, introduction to study materials and 2weeks feedback. Thanks to the six weeks Japanese classes, we have improved our speaking ability of the Japanese language and can now talk with full confidence.


Interactive programs.

In the six weeks of the program, we had 4 interactive gatherings. First was a visit to an elementary school. During this visit, we made presentations about our countries using the posters that we had made after which we had lunch with the pupils. It was very exciting to present about our countries in japan.

Then we had interactive sessions with university students. We conducted interviews in two universities. During the second interview, three participants of the program gave speeches. It was good experience for them to have been able to give speeches in front of Japanese people.

The final session was with the local people. The elderly had lots of opinions that were different from those of the youth. The locals were very nice to us and answered our questions nicely. It was a very happy experience for all of us to have the chance to interact with the Japanese people.





Cultural activities.

Cultural activities were 6 and they included: Aiki-Jujutsu, calligraphy, tea ceremony learning how to wear a kimono, Japanese drums and flower arrangement. Participants can choose 3 of these activities. I experienced Aiki-Jujutsu, Japanese drums and learning how to wear a kimono. Everything, from learning how to defend myself to the way of beating drums and wearing a kimono became unforgettable memories for me.




Advice for future participants 

Since it is a long training period, there are points to consider before your travel to Japan.

First, there will be visits to an elementary school and a home visit therefore, it will be good to bring something that represents your country.

There will be many trips in the 6 weeks period so a small bag and medicine will be very handy.

Though there are hospitals and drugstore in Japan, bringing your own medicine is highly recommended.

During the program, you will have many speeches and presentations to give so bringing your own laptop will be highly beneficial.



We thank Izumisano Municipal Daiichi Elementary School, Ritsumeikan University, Mukogawa Women’s University and other organizations for their cooperation to this program.  

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