Opening Messages

Summer in JAPAN
Administration Officer: Norio Murakami

Summer in JAPAN 2017

A message to the Summer in JAPAN participants

Here at SIJ that is the 5th anniversary this year and going to be opened Okayama class first time, you are all going to study “The English Language.” However, we hope that you learn more than just English over the coming week. All of your university student instructors come from different backgrounds and have different specialties, interests and histories. Your learning and studying with these diverse instructors will, hopefully, give you a sense of why English is considered a “global language.” I want to wish you all good luck as you begin your transition from “learning English” to “learning in English.”

A word to SIJ Student Instructors

As the student teachers, here at SIJ that is the 5th anniversary this year and going to be opened Okayama class first time, you will be teaching “The English Language.” But more importantly, you will be giving your charges access to an opportunity. We expect that your interactions with the students in different situations will teach them about your diverse backgrounds. In the process of understanding your diversity, they will become aware of both the importance of English – a universal language in the global era – and the importance of “learning in English.”

After the English Seminar, SIJ will be sending you on a 5-day Japanese culture program. Oita is the perfect place for this, as it has a great variety of cultural facilities and historical sites. You will also enjoy the abundant nature of Kyushu, an island of volcanoes and hot springs. I hope and am confident that your twelve days at SIJ will be a fruitful experience. Make the best of your time here, and good luck!