Aiming for language education beyond language acquisition: Japanese and English language immersion camp in Australia

Ohashi, H and Ohashi, J 2017, 'Aiming for language education beyond language acquisition: Japanese and English language immersion camp in Australia', Journal for Japanese Studies, no. 7, 2, pp. 19-36.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Aiming for language education beyond language acquisition: Japanese and English language immersion camp in Australia
Author(s) Ohashi, H
Ohashi, J
Year 2017
Journal name Journal for Japanese Studies
Issue number 7
Article Number 2
Start page 19
End page 36
Total pages 18
Publisher Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Abstract The paper illuminates similarities between what Australian universities wish to see in the attributes of university graduates and those of Japanese counterparts. The term, graduate attributes is used in Australia and guroubaru jinzai (globally competent human resources) is used in Japan. Both ideas came from dissatisfaction amongst business communities identifying the gap between what university graduates are generally capable of and the skills and abilities required in the rapidly globalizing workplace. The common features of the 21st century-ideal-university-graduates required in Japan and Australia include global perspectives, cross-cultural communication skills and ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The authors argue that second/foreign language learning process provides students with such attributes if the process adequately demands the students to work collaboratively in cross-cultural contexts. The paper illustrates a practical example of a language and culture immersion camp where both Japanese and Australian students, whose target languages are English and Japanese respectively, work together in organizing activities. The students' feedback reveals that they positively evaluate not only their growing confidence in their target language but also their improved skills in leadership, teamwork and conflict resolution and avoidance.
Subject LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
Keyword(s) Graduate attributes
globally competent human resources
immersion camp
group tasks
new roles of second/foreign language education
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