Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Starts Free online course for university students studying Japanese in Ukraine
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Fuchu City) has started a free online course for university students studying Japanese in Ukraine. The program is designed to support Japanese language students who have found it difficult to continue their studies on campus due to Russia's military invasion of Ukraine. (Takayasu Miyamoto)
A total of about 800 students are enrolled in Japanese language courses at Ukrainian universities. They have had to interrupt their studies due to class cancellations or take online classes at evacuation centers. In April of this year, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, which since 2017 has been providing Japanese language and Japanese education at Lviv National University in western Ukraine, asked the students for their opinions. After receiving responses indicating a desire for learning support, the university decided to utilize an online Japanese language course that will be offered off-campus starting in FY 2021.
The course, which is fee-based, is now available free of charge to Ukrainian students. The course was advertised through local Japanese language instructors, and nearly 150 people applied for the course. Most of the students are in Ukraine, but some are taking courses in neighboring countries where they have taken refuge.
Using the Zoom videoconferencing system, Japanese language instructors from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies will hold a 90-minute class once a week from the end of May to the beginning of September. The Japanese language education course is divided into courses according to level, with each course consisting of 15 lessons. The courses are divided according to level, with a total of 15 sessions for each course, while the liberal arts courses on Japanese society, Japanese novels, and other topics are offered 6 to 12 times, depending on the course. A spokesperson for the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies says, "We hope to support Ukrainian students who are studying Japanese language and culture to continue their studies.
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