• Global Competence A (Tuesday 1)



    For a study-abroad experience to fully achieve its educational goals and to maximize student learning, it is crucial for students to have intercultural communication education prior to leaving Japan. Studying abroad is a way to develop intercultural sensitivity and global competence, but only "spending time" in a foreign country without focused and appropriate preparation is truly mottainai. The lack of intercultural pre-departure education compromises students' ability to decode and bridge complex intercultural situations, find innovative solutions, plan effective communication strategies for adjusting to issues, and develop appropriate behaviors and attitudes. Meaningful relationships in the new culture are harder to establish. With proper education, misunderstandings, misjudgments, conflicts, confusion, and missed opportunities can be minimized. Human behavior and preferences are based on core cultural values and assumptions. For example, different cultures have different acceptable ways to express anger, cope with embarrassment or sadness, manage conflicts, show respect, relate to others, behave in a learning situation, etc., Students who have a theoretical framework of such intercultural matters, insight into one's ways, and a toolbox of skills will have a rewarding and enriched international experience.


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    04.21 --

    04.28 Orientation

    05.05 [1] Role, Family, Baggage 

    05.12 [1] Role, Family, Baggage 

    05.19 [2] Deep Culture, D-I-E   [Video Task Info]

    05.26 [3] Challenges, Safety, Connected    

    06.02 [4] Adjustment Cycle    

    06.09 [5] Arrival, Exhaustion, Homesick   

    06.23[6] Getting Settled, Relationships   

    06.30 [7] Culture Shock - Holidays   

    07.07 [8] The Return   [Video Task Due]   

    07.14 Semester Test

    01.21. Student Presentations & WebSurvey



    This course will develop skills and perspectives for students who intend to live or study abroad so that they will get the most out of their international experience.


    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas:

    1. Participation, contribution, and attitude

    2. Weekly In-Class Task Sheets
    3. Video Project
    4. Final Presentation



    No class textbook. Materials will be distributed via a website link. Students are responsible for bringing printouts of the downloaded material to each class.


  • Global Competence B (Tuesday 2)



    Culture can be compared to how fish relate to water: As long as we stay within our own culture, we don't take notice of things, everything is normal just as it should be. Only when we have fish-out-of-water experiences, do we realize that there are other worlds. Unfamiliar environments, values, and behaviors can be stressful, and they can lead people to make skewed judgments or react in a negative inefficient way to the "strange" culture. With cultural intelligence/intercultural communication education, however, people will discover that there are valuable gifts hidden in the unfamiliar, and at the same time, with renewed eyes appreciate the gifts in their own culture.





    04.14 ---

    04.21 ---

    04.28 Course Overview

    05.05 Session A

    05.12 Session B

    05.19 Session C

    05.26 Session D

    06.02 Session E

    06.09 Session F

    06.16 Session G

    06.23 Session H

    06.30 Information Packet + WebSurvey

    07.07 FINAL TEST- Vocabulary

    07.14 FINAL TEST - Essay




    04.14 Orientation

    04.21 Student Intro, Photo Session

    04.28 Video Project Information

    05.05 Cultural Intelligence + Discussion

    05.12 The Five Important Core Themes

    05.19 Change, Cognitive Style, Conflicts

    05:26 Control, Decisions, Flow, Formality


    06.09 Freedom, Leader/Manager, Pace

    06.16 Quality, Rat/Emotional, Silence

    06.23 Comm, Process, Work Style

    06.30 FINAL TEST- Vocabulary

    07.07 FINAL TEST- Essay

    07.14 Final Review and Wrap Up



    Students are expected to come to class on time and with a positive attitude. Enrollment will be limited.

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Tasks, Presentation, Participation, Contribution, and Attitude. The more you speak up in class, the better your grade will be.


    No textbook. Weekly printouts will be distributed.