- May 23, 2015
Almost all of the Erasmus students who are spending this semester at Hosei University will continue their research next semester in Germany.
In response to their request for an opportunity for some German language experience whilst in Japan in preparation for next semester, on 23 April we all participated in a class at the Faculty of International Communication: German Application. It was held in combination with Japanese students returning from short-term study abroad, and involved discussion in German under the guidance of Professor Keiko Yamane. We read texts relating to German society which included stories of immigrants that showed the differences between societies of other countries. We talked about issues relating to each of the countries: Germany, Japan, France, Belgium, and Poland. The discussion lasted one hour, and led to topics of life-expectancy and food culture.
During the second half of the class given by Professor Yamane, who also specializes in film, we watched Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" and the similar Josef Vilsmaier dir., "Charlie & Louise － Das doppelte Lottchen". We then each exchanged our opinions and thoughts.
The Erasmus students had not been in a German-speaking situation for a while, and at first some could not speak as freely as they wished. Once they settled down, however, they all contributed enthusiastically to the debate in fluent German.
Even the International Communication Faculty students who had just returned from St. Gallen, Switzerland must have been impressed by their ability to swap between several languages, both before and during the class.
After the class, each undertook a "film resumé" that had been set as homework. Their fluency in both French and German was quite awe-inspiring.