Monday, October 9, 2017

KOI Dance

The five UNC- Charlotte students who took Japanese courses in Spring 2017, tried KOI Dance.
Within a very short time during the final examination week, they were prepared for this project.
We truly appreciate their dedication to this project, and hope that they enjoyed it and keep their motivation to learn Japanese.

Study Abroad Report

Every fall semester, the UNCC Japanese program host the Study Abroad Report for future exchange students. On Friday, September 29th, representative students who studied abroad in Japan made very informative presentations. They shared their honest thoughts about their experience and some of them stayed after the presentations and answered audiences' questions. UNCC has varieties of study abroad program with Japanese partnered universities. Please click the link below to see the programs in detail.

Dr. Ryan Spring's Presentation

On Monday, September 18th, the UNCC Japanese Program hosted the presentation of Dr. Ryan Spring from Tohoku University, Japan.
Dr. Spring visited UNCC with his 16 Japanese students to have them participate in an intensive English program for two weeks.
Dr. Spring talked about his career after the graduation from UNCC, and M.A. program at Tohoku University. There were students who were taking Japanese courses of elementary to advanced levels and learned a lot through his informative presentation.
 Surely, Dr. Spring is an ideal alumnus to these students since most of the students wish to live in Japan after graduation.
Dr. Spring and his students went back to Sendai, Japan after the two weeks, and we hope that they had a great experience and built a bond with UNCC students.

Game Night with Tohoku Univ. Students & UNCC Nihon Club

Profile of Dr. Ryan Spring:
Dr. Ryan Spring graduated with a  B.A. from UNC Charlotte in 2005, where he majored in German and minored in Japanese and Film Studies and was also the president of Nihon Club. He graduated from Tohoku University with an M.A. in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2014. Currently, he is a Senior Assistant Professor at Tohoku University. He and his colleagues have connected UNC Charlotte and Tohoku University, creating study abroad exchange programs. He has also created a two week faculty-led program, and this September, he was bringing 16 Tohoku University students to UNCC for the first time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bon Odori Festival

On Saturday, August 5th, the Japanese Association in Charlotte hosted their 33rd Bon Odori Festival at Wells Fargo Atrium in Uptown Charlotte.

11 students and faculty members from UNCC participated in the communities' favorite event. as volunteers.

They helped at Japanese cultural booths such as Yukata (summer casual kimono) fitting, calligraphy, tea ceremony, origami, Taiko drumming, martial arts, lunch boxes, and so forth.

For students, it is precious opportunity to interact with Japanese people who live in Charlotte area.
We hope that we will continuously participate in the event following years.

Monday, February 27, 2017

12th UNC Charlotte Japanese Speech Contest

On Friday afternoon, February 24th, 2017, we celebrated our 12th Japanese Speech Contest.

40 contestants prepared for their speeches with unique topics such as "Students and Homework," "A Boy Drawing Cats" and "Small Happiness."  This is a very good chance to meet students from all 4 different levels and to listen to their speeches.  
The top two students from each level were awarded a certificate and gift card, and all contestants received buttons with one of a handful of Japanese words on it. The buttons were donated by the Japan Foundation.

The 1st place winners from each of the three levels (elementary, intermediate and upper intermediate) will participate in the speech contest held at Duke University on April 1st. The Japanese teachers are all proud of our students and are excited to take them to Duke University! 

Level 1: Elementary
1: Ahmad Banks - "Fun in my Old Town"
2: Andrew Kotula - "Happy"

Level 2: Intermediate
1. Wing Yin Lee - "Wonderful Travel"
2. Samuel Mitchell - "Circus School"
3. Charles Shintaro Maxwell - "Thank you, Mother."

Level 3: Upper Intermediate
1. Joey Ledrew - About My Study Abroad
1. Deborah Chapin - The Tortoise and the Hare

Level 4: Advanced
1. Hope Mclean - My Dream
2. Daniel Campbell - Tohoku Earthquake
3. Chaz Greenberg - My First Two Reasons Toward Japanese Learning

Saturday, December 10, 2016

On Friday, December 2nd, our annual event called Year End Presentations was held, and more than 140 people enjoyed each performance including singing, playing skits and making presentation about Japanese culture all in Japanese.

 First, Dr. Ann Gonzalez who is the Chair of the Languages and Culture Studies at UNC Charlotte at  made a short speech. She reminded us that we have the biggest Japanese program in North Carolina, and there are a log of opportunities to enrich students knowledge and improve with communicating people in Japanese.

It is very precious time for the Japanese students from all levels get together and see their achievement of Japanese language. Especially for students who have just started to learn elementary level of Japanese, seeing upper level students' performance has become a very good motivation.

At the end of the event, Christina Sanchez, Associate Director of International Programs made remarks. She has lived in Japan as an Assistant of Language (English) Teacher of JET Program, Her presence made a big impact for the students who wishes to work in Japan after their graduations.

Not only Japanese learning students and teachers, but teaching assistants helped the event. 

Year End Presentations has tighter our bond among students, instructors and teaching assistants.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ALTIA CENTRAL Presentation

Mr. Graham Van Zwoll who is a recruiting manager at ALTIA CENTRAL visited UNCC on Friday, October 28th, and made a presentation about his company and his experience of teaching English in Japan.

 Mr. Van Zwoll's speech was very informative for the students who wish to work as an English teacher in Japan after the graduation. He has lived in Japan more than 25 years, and stories out of his experience inspired the audience.

He mentioned that Japanese language ability is preferred since  not so many Japanese people can talk in English at work. Also, flexibility and acceptance is very important to understand Japanese culture and society.

ALTIA CENTRAL have enough support for their workers providing orientation and workshops, also there is always supervisor available for each teacher.

We hope that many of our students make their dreams (living and working in Japan) come true in the future.