Category: Meetings

SIETAR Japan Kansai Chapter, October 2007 Preparing Japanese University Students for the Challenge of Study Abroad: Experiences and Insights of Ryugakusei

Presenter:     Prof. Teresa Bruner Cox (Soai University)

Date:          October 7, 2007 (Sunday),  1:30pm- 3:30pm

Place:         Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, Rm 3

               (1 minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station), Tel.072-685-3721


Fee:                500 yen for members and students: 1,000 yen for non-members

Language:     English


Description of the Presentation

     Each year, many Japanese university students participate in long-term study abroad programs in English-speaking countries.  What challenges do they face, and how well are sponsoring institutions preparing them for the intercultural academic experience?  To see what could be learned from students who have already been abroad, the presenter did in-depth debriefing interviews with students from Kansai area universities who had returned from a year abroad at a university in the USA or Canada.  Selections from these interviews which focused on academic life have been made into a training video, Japanese Students Abroad: Academic Challenge and Strategies for Success(日本とアメリカ・カナダの大学教育の相違と留学成功法).  The video is aimed specifically for Japanese university students who intend to study abroad in the future.

         This presentation will be of interest to international program advisors and administrators. Cross-cultural trainers, and Japanese university students interested in studying abroad.  (The presenter will speak in English but the interview video excerpts are in Japanese.)


Profile of Presenter

Teresa Bruner Cox is a professor at Soai University in Osaka.  She has taught EFL and intercultural Communication at university level and to business people in Japan for more than thirty years.  In recent years her research focus has been on the experiences of Japanese ryugakusei and on preparation for study abroad.  She graduated from the University of California,Berkeley with a major in Anthropology, and she received her M.A.T.(TEFL/TESL) from The School for International Training in Vermont.

Kansai SIETAR May 2007 Program Japanese American Filmmaker Presents her Latest Work

Speaker:       Dr. Satsuki Ina, Cross-cultural psychotherapist and filmmaker

Date:            Saturday, May 19, 2007

Time:            5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:00)

Venue:               Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center 

(高槻市立総合市民交流センター)視聴覚室 5th floor

(1 minute from JR Takatsuki Station)

Fee:                   500 yen for members and students; 1,000 yen for non-members

Sponsors:            SIETAR Kansai, the Nikkei Gathering & Osaka JALT


Dr. Satsuki Ina was born in a U.S.internment camp during World War II. She has made an Emmy award-winning docudrama about her family’s heartbreaking story of their incarceration. Although the events of this story happened over 60 years ago, the issues of loyalty, patriotism, resistance, dissidence, racial profiling, and personal liberties during times of war remain with us today in the post 9/11 world. Dr. Ina is currently visiting Japan from California, and she will be on hand to answer questions after the screening of “From a Silk Cocoon.” (in English with Japanese subtitles)

SIETAR- Japan, Kansai Chapter, April 2007    Intercultural Education through Experiential Education: A Service Learning and Leadership Program

Presenter:     Diane Musselwhite (Poole Gakuin University )

Date:            April 22, 2007 (Sunday), 2:00pm-4:00pm

Place:            Takatsukishiritsu Shogaigakushu Center

Room: Kenshuushitsu 3rd floor

(about 10 minutes walk from JR Takatsuki station, and 10 minutes walk from Hankyu Takatsukishi station )

Tel:  072-674-7700

Fee:           500 yen for members and students; 1,000yen for non-members

Language:        English


Description of the Presentation


Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy designed to promote academic enhancement, personal growth, and civic or community engagement. It also becomes an opportunity to experience another “culture.”

At Poole Gakuin University in Osaka,the International Studies Department’s Intercultural Exchange and Service Course requires all students to take a minimum of two classes from a choice of four possibilities: internship, off-campus classes, fieldwork, or service learning. The service learning program created to serve this need starts its third year this April 2007.

The program at Poole includes both international and domestic activities.  In this presentation, I will describe the launching of the program, the aims, its status within the university, its management, and the difficulties. I will also explain the leadership program and its relationship to service learning.


Profile of the Presenter

Diane Musselwhite has been trained in educational anthropology and she has been teaching at Poole Gakuin University for 11 years.  She is currently the Director of the Center for Intercultural Exchange and Service.