(Event Report) 3-day Intensive Spoken Japanese course for IIT students presented by JICA Friendship Project


  1. Overview of the course
    (1) Date and Time
    1st batch(3 students):         19:00 – 12:40 July 7th – 9th
    2nd batch(8 students):        15:00- 18:40 Aug 10th – 12th
    JICA Hyderabad Office
    (3)Course instructor
    Yuka Kataoka (Course instructor, Certificated Japanese teacher)
    Sailaja Gangavarapu (Assistant instructor, Indian Japanese teacher)
  2. The timetable of the entire program
    (1)1st batch (July 7th – 9th)
    (2)2nd batch (Aug 10th – 12th)
  3. The learning outcome of the entire program
    (1)Introduction of Spoken Japanese
    We introduced Spoken Japanese in a fundamental, systematic and practical way without Japanese written script. Each lesson contains not only grammatical knowledge and useful expressions but also appropriate communicative practice and role-play exercises.This is because this 3-day intensive course was designed mainly to help the Japanese scholarship students to learn basic speaking skills and practical knowledge in a short term. It would be helpful for them to communicate with Japanese people more smoothly and adjust to life in a new culture easier.
    (2)Cultural experience and business manner
    (a) Japanese traditional dress (Kimono) experience
    All students were thrilled to see the demonstration of Japanese traditional dress, which is called “Kimono”. In fact there are many kinds of “Kimono” depending on ceremonial occasions, but this time we introduced relatively casual and simple one, which is called “Yukata” because the students will often see it on summer festivals in Japan.
    (b) Introduction of Japanese Calligraphy The students learnt basic knowledge and skills of “Japanese Calligraphy”. Japanese people practice Calligraphy not only to improve their writing skills but also discipline themselves. It is firmly embedded in Japanese culture and this unique cultural experience is helpful way to generate the students’ huge interest in learning Japanese.
    (c) Introduction of Japanese tea, “Origami” and “Karuta” Every break between the lessons, the students enjoyed free talk about Japanese culture with a cup of Japanese tea. During the break, we introduced traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which is called “Origami” and traditional Japanese card game, which is called “Karuta”. This is mainly for the student to relax and feel comfortable with the instructors. This approach was a success of enhancing each student’s active class participation and concentration.
    (d) Practical learning how to exchange their business in Japan This course gave the students a lot of hands-on opportunity not only to Japanese basic knowledge but also Japanese business manner. Specifically, we prepared their simulated name cards as the following picture shows, which describe their university and name. Using this name cards, they learnt how to greet, introduce themselves and exchange the cards. At the same time, they understood the reason behind the Japanese business manner such as the attitude of “Politeness”, “Humbleness” and “Considerate of others” etc.
  4. Completion ceremony and Photo session After the 3-day course, we conducted a brief ceremony of Completion and Participation. The students who completed the entire 3-day program received “ Certificate of Completion”. The students who participated 2-day program received “Certificate of Participation”.
  5. The student feedback of the course
    (1)5-point scales rating
    As the student evaluation of the course, we asked the all 10 students to rate the entire course on a 5-point scales.
    (2)Excerpts comments
    ・Systematic and easy, fun to learn, lots of picture
    ・Topics are well organized and explained in simple way
    ・Short duration, but very effective & helpful
    ・I enjoyed this lesson very much. I never think that I will understand Japanese that much easily, but I understood very well.
    ・I like the ways the lesson was taught and the exercises listed at the end of each lesson. It’s easy to understand.
    ・I like the way of teaching and continuously exercises.
    ・It was made from the very basic and the instructor helped us to connect with it well.
    ・It’s more like interaction and easy to understand.