Tuesday, May 8, 2018

the Polyglot Press (Newsletter) from UNC-Charlotte. Department of Languages and Culture Studies

The Department of Languages and Culture Studies at UNC-Charlotte has just published a current issue of the Polyglot Press.


The Polyglot Press includes the UNCC Multilingual Poetry Slam and the 31st Duke Japanese Speech Contest and more!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fureai K-16 Presentations Day

On April 19th, 2018, the Fureai; K-16 Presentations Day was held at Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte, NC.

K-16 students and parents assembled Thursday evening and at first, students had their own booths to introduce their achievement or/ and Japanese culture. UNCC students; Scott Schreiber, Samuel Kaufman, Joshua Nicholls and Terrianna Singletary introduced their Japanese studies, student organizations and study abroad experiences to younger students and their parents.

At their performance, Scott Schreiber read his own Haiku about graduation and Terrianna Singletary made a speech about her experience of microaggressions in Japan and America.

This year's Fureai was a little different from last year. First, an opening remark was done by the Waddell Middle School and taiko performance followed. Then, students from different school year collaborated to perform speeches, Haiku, Origami and calligraphy. It tuned out very successful and all of the efforts were paid off.

Fureai is a unique and wonderful opportunity for all Japanese learners and parents in Charlotte, NC to enjoy their performance and achievement.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

31st Duke University Speech Contest

Two UNCC students, Vanessa Lee and Leilani McGheewon competed at the 31 st Annual Duke Speech Contest on Saturday, March 31st and both did a wonderful job!

To find the result and more information, please visit:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Game Night with Students from Sophia University

On Tuesday 27th, 2018, Nihon Club which is one of the UNCC Student Organizations held the Game Night with students from Sophia University. This event was supported by the Office of International Programs.

Currently, 14 students from Sophia University are visiting UNCC for their program called the English for Scientific Purposes Program.

During the program for three weeks, UNCC students who are studying Japanese have chances to spend time with them during their break time and a few events include the game night. However, some of them already knew each other prior to their arrival to Charlotte, NC since they exchanged emails through UNCC Japanese Pen Pal Program.

At the event, they enjoy foods and drinks, plus several games including Jenga, UNO, Twisted and card games.

It is always nice to see students' smiles.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

14th UNCC Japanese Speech Contest

The 14th UNCC Japanese Speech Contest was held on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.
This event was made possible by great support from the Department Languages and Culture Studies and the Office of International Programs at UNC-Charlotte.

Dr. Joseph Hoff from the Office of International Programs made a Welcome Remarks and shared his story when he taught English in Shizuoka, Japan.

Passionate contestants from all levels of Japanese and shared their original speeches.
There were so many audiences who were their classmates and great supporters for the contestants.
The 1st prize winners from each level have possibilities to participate in the speech contest at Duke University on March 31st, 2018.

We greatly appreciated all supporters and the three judges; Jinko Dailey from South Mecklenburg High School, Kazue Shamburg from the Japanese Language School in Charlotte, NC and Shoko Tokoro from the Atkins Library at UNCC.


JAPANESE STUDIES  YEAR-END PRESENTATION was held on December 1st, 2017.
This event was sponsored by  Department of Languages and Culture Studies,  Japanese Studies and
the Office of International Programs.

We had two special guests; Dr. Suzuki Shin’ya,  Associate Professor from National Institute of Technology, Nagano College and Dr. Ann Gonzalez Chair, Languages and Culture Studies.

After Greeting from Dr. Suzuki, Dr. Gonzalez made a Welcome Remarks and Peer Tutor Awards Announcement was followed.

Japanese learners from all levels at UNCC got together and shared their achievement for the year.
Logan Lampkins who won the 2nd prize of  J-Live Talk 2017 presented his speech as well.

We truly enjoyed each performance!

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.