Details of the Initiative

The Intercultural Collaborative Learning Special Course, Learning Japanese through the SDGs, (total 9 seminars) was held from October through November in 2023. The course was conducted using the intermediate Japanese textbook Learning Japanese through the SDGs written by the Kurosaki seminar. Seniors of the School of Commerce and exchange students were eligible to apply, and nine students from the United States, Korea, Germany, Vietnam, and Japan were assembled.
In the course, they not only studied the contents of the textbook, but also learned a lot about each country’s situation, discussing their ideas on the SDGs in different pairs or groups each time. On the final day, they also made group presentation on SDGs initiatives. The course was highly satisfactory and meaningful.
I received feedback from the students as follows: “I realized that it was important to consider global issues such as the SDGs from a multifaceted perspective because each country had its own unique culture and awareness of issues”; “I learned about knowledge and ways of thinking that never had before. I thought more carefully about the SDGs”; and “What we talked about in the course is not often heard in everyday conversation. I learned about things that I probably wouldn’t have anywhere else.” I reaffirmed the importance of discussing the SDGs with students from various countries.

A group photo on the final day of the course
Session: The students worked together on their theme in groups.
Session: They had time for discussion in pairs or groups in each session and exchanged many opinions.
Group presentation: They focused on poverty and equality of the SDGs goals, researched on charity efforts in Vietnam and gave a presentation on it.
Group presentation: They presented the results of their efforts to see how much they could reduce plastic bottles by using their own water bottles.