Department Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Education Development and Learning Support Center Position Professor
|The Effect of Field Trip Activities as First Year Education for International Students : Finding the Focus of Social Skill Development by Distributing Questionnaires in the Japanese Language
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|For international students arriving in Japan, to be able to smoothly adapt to Japanese society, studying the Japanese language alongside actions deemed appropriate considering the cultural context of Japanese society, as well as developing social skills is arguably effective. As part of First Year Education for international students, said students who had just barely arrived in Japan were divided in small groups to learn from one another, setting the place for social skill development through a regional community field trip. For the research, each student fully utilized the extent of his/her Japanese skills and through questionnaires written in Japanese, participated in discussions with the locals, and from the narrations of their experiences using trial and error, I focused on analyzing the development of social skills based on the process of the questionnaire activity with Japanese locals the international students had met for the first time.