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The 35th IEJ (International Educators to Japan) Program (FY2010) [June 27-July 8, 2010]

The 35th IEJ(International Educators to Japan) Program (FY2010)


Outline


The 35th IEJ Program 2010 was held from June 27th (Sunday) to July 8th (Thursday). Thirty-one educators and 4 partners (35 individuals in total) from 4 different countries in Europe and North America participated in the program.

Date: June 27(Sun) - July 8 (Thu), 2010
Organizd by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Co-sponsors in Japan: Calbee Foods Co., Ltd., Suzunoya Incorporated
Cooperating Organizations in Japan: Nara International Exchange Volunteers Association, Ikaruga Homestay Society, Toyota International Association


Participants


31 public school teachers and 4 companions from 4 countries
Details of the total 35 individuals are as follows;
-Countries: USA (30), Canada (2), the Netherlands (1), Belgium (2)


Number of participants listed separately by sponsor Japanese Business Associations(listed in order of their years of program participation):
Country
Area
Sponsor Japanese Business Associations, etc.
No. of Participants (incl. partners)
USA Los Angeles Japan Business Association of Southern California
6
USA Houston Japanese Business Association of Houston
1
USA Dallas Dallas Japanese Association
1
USA Atlanta The Japanese Chamber of Commerce Georgia
4(1)
USA Detroit Japanese Business Society of Detroit
11(3)
USA San Diego San Diego Nihongo Kyoiku Shinkokai
1
Canada Toronto Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry
2
The Netherlands Amsterdam The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Netherlands
1
USA Portland Shokokai of Portland
4
Belgium Brussels EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation
2
USA San Antonio San Antonio Japanese Companies Association
2
Total
35(4)

Visited places


-Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa
-Kudan Secondary School in Chiyoda Ward
-Suzunoya Incorporated
-Todaiji temple
-Ikaruga Higashi Elementary School
-The elementary school attached to Nara Women’s University
-The Motomachi Plant of Toyota Motor Corp
Toyota Municipal Kamigo Junior High School, Toyota Municipal Matsudaira Junior High School, Toyota Municipal Shimoyama Junior High School.
-The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)
-Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High Schools
-KYOCERA corporation

Overview


-American and European-style demonstration lessons were conducted at the Tachiai Elementary School (ward-established public schools) in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward.
-The participants visited Kudan Secondary School in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, where they watched classes and held joint lessons with teachers of the school.
-Experienced wearing Japanese kimonos with the support of kimono company Suzunoya, Inc.
Kimono wearing experience at Suzunoya

Kimono wearing experience at Suzunoya


-Participated in home stay programs in Nara, Ikaruga and Toyota City in order to experience regional lifestyles and culture, have exchanges with local people and enjoy the appeal of rural Japan.
-Thanks to the cooperation of Calbee Foods Co., Ltd., the participants visited Hiroshima, where they went to such places as the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome.
-In Kyoto the participants visited Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High Schools, where they observed classes and engaged in exchange with teachers, returnee students.
-In their visit to Kyoto, the participants deepened their understanding of Japanese history and traditional culture.

Hiroshima Group

What are Demonstration Lessons?
Demonstration Lesson, or “Demo Lesson”, refers to a project in which American and European teachers participating in the IEJ program reproduce the lessons they conduct in their home countries as a demonstration for students in Japan. By conducting these lessons without any support from interpreters or Japanese teachers, the educators visiting from Europe and America can obtain a better understanding of Japanese students and English language instruction in Japan. The Japanese students are also given the chance to experience “real English lessons”.
These educators had to prepare the lesson content, materials and proceedings beforehand and coordinate with the Japanese teachers.


Demonstration Lesson in Tachiai Elementary School

Demonstration Lesson in Tachiai Elementary School


Toyota Group

The 11 members of the Toyota Group were from Detroit, which is a sister city of Toyota. On July 1 (Thursday) they visited the Motomachi Plant of Toyota Motor Corp. and on July 2 (Friday) they divided into three groups for school visits (Toyota Municipal Kamigo Junior High School, Toyota Municipal Matsudaira Junior High School, and Toyota Municipal Shimoyama Junior High School).


Toyota Group
Nara Group

On July 1 (Thursday), after a special visit to the Great Buddha statue at Todaiji temple, there was a welcome party for the group organized by the Nara International Exchange Volunteers Association. On July 2 (Friday) the group visited the elementary school attached to Nara Women’s University.


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Ikaruga Group

On July 1 (Thursday), after a special visit to the Great Buddha statue at Todaiji temple, there was a welcome party for the group organized by the Ikaruga Home Stay Society. On July 2 (Friday) the group visited Horyuji temple and Ikaruga Higashi Elementary School.


Scenes of the visit to Ikaruga

Voice of Participants

“I am glad I had the opportunity to teach. I learned what it would be like if I was learning in a classroom where the language spoken was different from my own.”

“The school visit program gave me a new perspective on Japanese students and the program they are accustomed to.”

“Home stay gave me an opportunity to see first hand how a typical Japanese family lives their daily life. It was an unforgettable experience.”

“I will spread my experience in Hiroshima to my students as an educator.”



International Exchange Dept.

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