Curriculum

Other Activities (Compulsory)

Compulsory Activities
Special Lectures
Onuma Field Trip
Speech Contest

2017 Special Lectures

Participants will attend three lectures introducing diverse aspects of Japanese culture.

Dr. Takako Aikawa

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

“Impact of Technology on Language Learning and Teaching”

Mr. Ichiro Kataoka

(Benshi)

“Voice & Silent Film”

Prof. Seiichi Makino

(Princeton University)

“To Delete or To Repeat, That’s the Question.”
Former Special Lecturers:

Prof. Wesley M. Jacobsen (Harvard University)
Prof. Mutsuko Endo Hudson (Michigan State University)
Prof. Michael Molasky (Waseda University)
etc.

Onuma Field Trip

This overnight trip is scheduled on the third weekend after the program begins, to establish rapport among the participants. Onuma Park is located 30km away from the city of Hakodate. It is known for its picturesque lakes dotted with islands and the majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. Students enjoy outdoor activities, dinner accompanied by a talent show, karaoke, and more.

Speech Contest

All participants write drafts and make a speech in class at the end of the 1st semester. Two representatives from each class will present their speech at the speech contest held in Week 6. This contest is open to the public to attend.

Here are the posters that student volunteers created for the contest.
(Click the image or name to enlarge.)

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