Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



Japanese Students and Teachers from Australia in intensive language program at APU


Feb 16, 2010

From Tuesday, January 5 until Wednesday 20, 2010, forty-nine Australian university students and Japanese primary and high school teachers took part in the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships (ELTF), a short-term Japanese language and culture program. Dispatched by the Australian government, the trainees took part in intensive Japanese language classes in addition to a range of cultural experiences and field trips.

During their stay at APU, the trainees stayed at AP House and enjoyed a field trip to Nagasaki and a farm-stay in Ajimu. The trainees were also offered the help of Japanese student assistants who provided support with their study and daily life. The students not only enjoyed mixing with Japanese students but also with the students from over 97 different countries and regions here at the multicultural campus of APU and improved their Japanese language ability during their short time here.

Looking back on the program, practicing Japanese teacher Kaylene SEVERIN commented, "We have really enjoyed our time in Japan and I am sure the intensive lessons have greatly improved our language skills." Furthermore, current Japanese-major university student and soon to be Japanese teacher, Kara STUART commented, "The program was so well organized and we enjoyed every minute. I hope to put the skills I have learnt to good use in my future Japanese lessons."

Since AY2007, APU has been placing great importance on hosting short term programs. This was the third year for APU to host the ELTF Program since January 2008.

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