Oct. 4, 2021

Successful Internationalization: Educational Best Practices at ICU

As a part of the Faculty Development Program, “Successful Internationalization: Educational Best Practices at ICU", an interactive discussion session on "Best Practices in Education", was jointly held online by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Top Global University Project Office.
The first event was hosted by Associate Professor Olivier Ammour-Mayeur on June 14, 2021, and was titled "EMI (English as a Medium of Instruction): Keeping Online Classes Interactive". 76 people from outside the organization registered for the event, and about 50 people participated on the day, where the concept of EMI and how to conduct specific class activities were introduced. In addition, the participants who stayed until the end of the session had a lively exchange of opinions that went beyond the scheduled time of about 30 minutes, and frankly shared not only teaching methods but also the difficulties in realizing active classes in English with Japanese students.
As for future plans, Senior Lecturer, Ikumi Ozawa will present a lecture entitled "From EMI to JMI (Japanese Medium of Instruction): An adaptation of EMI Pedagogy in Higher Education in Japan" on October 18, 2021. In this session, we will discuss with participants what exactly it means to practice JMI in Japanese higher education, and what the significance of practicing JMI is.
Also, Prof. Hideki Okamura will give a talk on "The impact of Student-led Science Classes on Science Education for Children," on November 15, 2021. This session will show how students engaged in the "science class" grow and explore the purpose of science education for children (and to the general public) and why science education is essential to Japanese society.
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