Student Learning in an International Exchange Program: Developing Skills for a Globalized World (73713)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Tanes Tanitteerapan

Thursday, 23 November 2023 09:00
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 607
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This research discusses what students who participated in an English presentation competition felt they had acquired. Fifteen university students from two universities in the Kansai region participated in the World Youth Meeting (WYM), a collaborative English presentation event for Asian students. They worked online with Taiwanese students for about four months to prepare for WYM. The research questions are (1) whether WYM participants feel that they developed their “Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons” (FCFWP) as defined by the Japanese Ministry of Economy and Trade and Industry, (2) whether WYM participants feel that their “English proficiency” has improved, (3) what difficulties WYM participants experienced, and whether their English proficiency levels affect these difficulties, and (4) what WYM participants feel they have learned from the WYM initiative. To answer these questions, we conducted a questionnaire survey and analyzed the data. The results revealed that students felt their competency improved in all areas of the FCFWP except “discipline” and that their English speaking and listening skills had improved. They did not feel that their English writing and reading skills had improved. In addition, the difficulties they experienced differed slightly depending on their level of English proficiency. Furthermore, students felt that they learned English expressions, presentation methods, research methods, teamwork, cross-cultural understanding, and the importance of leadership through WYM. In the presentation, based on the results of this study, we will propose points to be noted and measures for improvement when engaging in international collaborative activity in the future.

Hirano Ayako, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan
Buddhika Kanduboda, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Ayako Hirano is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00