Aug 27, 2019
On July 13, APS third-year student Kyosuke Shibata won first place in the 13th Kanda University of International Studies Indonesian Language Speech Contest in the second year student category.
Shibata, an athlete who played baseball and handball in junior and senior high school, began studying Indonesian after becoming friends with some Indonesian students at AP House and wanting to learn more about the country and its people.
“To get ready for the contest, I spent a month and half practicing with my professor and my Indonesian friends on pronunciation and word usage. I really like Indonesia and the Indonesian language, so I enjoyed all the preparation,” recounts Shibata. Thanks to his decision to come to APU, he is now trilingual.
Shibata will join the Nihongo Partners program run by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and, starting in August, he will spend seven months in Yogyakarta, Indonesia working as an assistant to Japanese language teachers in local junior and senior high schools. In addition to assisting with classes, he will introduce Japanese culture to the students.
Along with Japanese and English, students at APU can learn six Asia Pacific languages—Chinese, Korean, Malay/Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Spanish—and classes are offered across four skill levels (beginner through advanced). APU is home to students and faculty from more than 90 countries and regions.
Click here for a report on the 13th Kanda University of International Studies Indonesian Language Speech Contest (link to external page available in Japanese only).