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About GEL program

I learned many academic things and experienced a variety of things from GEL program. For example, I learned how to give a presentation in English and I took a course on English Mediated Instruction. It’s a class to learn how to teach people some non English things using English.

I had 2 part-time jobs. Once I worked for a bar but it was very hard for me because I had to memorize the names of  drinks and I worked until 4 AM! I was nervous when I worked there. After leaving that job, I started to work at a supermarket as a stock person. It’s an very easy job and it closes at 10 PM so I don’t have to work late at night. Especially, my colleagues are very nice. I’m satisfied with my job now.

I could make many friends from GEL program. This program gives me many opportunity to contact with foreign people. I have many nice friends in other countries now. This February (2016), I will take a trip to Taipei to visit one of them. I’m so excited to meet them again.

If you are interested in this program, please join it. Through this program, you will get many fantastic experience you can’t never forget.

New Year’s Day

On January 1st, it’s a tradition for Japanese to go to Shinto shrines and pray to God so that he will let us have a peaceful year.

We also pull out o-mi-kuji. An omikuji is a slip of paper with a fortune on it. The different fortunes in Omikuji are Daikichi, Kichi, Tyukichi, Suekichi, and KyouDaikichi means greater good luck, Kitchi means good luck , Tyukichi means moderate good luck, Suekichi means future good luck, and Kyou means bad luck.

 

In addition to the main fortune, each of the slips of paper has divinations about your studies, health, love, and kuck with money. Normally, it costs 200 yen so if you get the chance, give it a try.

Etude エチュード洋菓子店

Etude is a cake shop near the campus. You can buy Christmas cake or cake for someone’s birthday and even you can buy the pudding. I recommend you go there with your family, children, and by yourself. It has a parking lot.

The address is Hokkaido Asahikawa shi asahimachi ichijou 9-689-23.

It is open daily open from 9:00 until 20:00. It is closed on Wednesday.

This year’s X’mas

Now, I am a college students and this year’s Christmas won’t be the same as last Christmas because I don’t live with my family since I’m in Asahikawa and I am relieved that I don’t have a girlfriend.

On Christmas day, I won’t go on a date with my girlfriend but I will go to dinner with my friends and we will hold the throwing pies party with high school girl students. Also, the students in my dormitory will do a gift exchange. Sixteen people will participate so I’m very excited.

My X’mas memory

For many young people in Japan, Christmas day is a day for couples. They spend that day with their girlfriend or boyfriend. Last year, I went dinner with my girlfriend on Christmas and we exchanged gifts.

In my family, we have the christmas cake and KFC fried chicken instead of eating Christmas feast. In my home town, the man wearing the costume of Santa distributes chocolates to people saying  “Merry Christmas!!” in front of the station.

Interview with Alan from Taipei

In this post, I interviewed Alan, a junior, who came to Japan from Taipei City University.  I asked him the following questions:

  1. Have you ever been abroad? Where did you go?
  2. Why did you decide to go abroad and why did you choose Japan or America?
  3. Did you have surprising or interesting experiences during the program and what?
  4. How did you learn English or Japanese before having go abroad?
  5. What are different points about classes from you’re your university?
  6. Did anything happen to you before and after having go abroad?
  7. Can you give any advice for students who want to go abroad I the future.

Alan told me, “I went to Japan when I was a senior high school student because that was also an exchange program but it wasn’t as formal as short-time overseas program I did in October, 2015. I found that Japanese are kind and friendly. Also, the food here is really tasty. I saw a funny teacher in his class and hid teaching style is what I want to emulate. I have learned English since I was a primary school student. I just know a little Japanese and the reason why I want to learn Japanese is that love Japan lol. In Japan, I think teachers won’t lecture all the time and they give time for students to express their thoughts. However, in Taiwan some teachers will keep lecturing without giving sometime for students to convey their thoughts. I think I know more about culture from going abroad like Japan. It’s always a nice try if you want to go abroad. Be nice, brave and hard working.”

Both guys told me that going abroad is a good opportunities to learn English and about other cultures. I think we can make good friends from other countries, and we will never forget that wonderful time. Why don’t you dive into the world with us at HUE?

Interviewing Ryo who went to Illinois

In this post, I interviewed Ryo Ito, who was then a junior at HUEA. He has studied abroad in the US, Canada, and Russia.  He has also been to Laos.

I asked them these questions.

  1. Have you ever gone abroad and where?
  2. Why did you decide to go abroad and why did you choose Japan or America?
  3. Did you have surprising or interesting experiences during the program and what?
  4. How did you learn English or Japanese before having go abroad?
  5. What are different points about classes from you’re your university?
  6. Did anything happen to you before and after having go abroad?
  7. Can you give any advice for students who want to go abroad I the future

 

Ryo answered “I was really interested in going abroad. However, I had never go abroad before I entered HUE but after I entered the university, I had many opportunities to go abroad, so I applied for the short-term study abroad program. I chose Canada because I hoped to study English and experience other culture. I was very surprised that American people talked with people more closely than Japanese do and Canadian were very kind. I studied English from podcasts and word lists before going abroad and my host family corrected my diary everyday. In Japanese classes, students raise their hands and ask questions to the professor but in American classes, students don’t raise their hands. They ask questions and tell their comments any time. American classes adapted the conversational format. After the program, I became more interested in English and I want to do something with English in my future career. The experience is the most memorable and exciting activity in my life so I hope that many people will apply for this program and make your life more wonderful.”

Both guys told me that going abroad is a good opportunities to learn English and about other cultures. I think we can make good friends from other countries, and we will never forget that wonderful time. Why don’t you dive into the world with us at HUE?

Katouya 加藤屋

Katouya is a ramen shop in front of the main entrance of HUEA.

You can enjoy lunch and dinner from about¥999 there. I recommend you go to eat with your friends, colleagues or by yourself.

It has 29 seats (5 counter seats, 3 seats with chairs and 3 tables of raised tatami sittings) and it has a parking lot.

The address is Hokkaido Asahikawa shi Hokumonchou 9-2644-6 and the phone number is 0166-53-6560. It is open daily from 11:00 until 14:30 and then again from 17:00 to 21:00. On Sunday, it is open from  17:00 to 21:00. It is closed on Mondays.

 

Meet Yusuke

I am Yusuke and I am majoring in English education at Hokkaido University of Education at the Asahikawa campus.

I’m from Iwate prefecture. It is next to Akita on the main island of Japan. Since I’m a university student, I live most of the year in Asahikawa on the island of Hokkaido now. My hobby is cooking.

Recently, I made an apple pie and it tasted good. I would like to improve my English. Also, I want to travel a lot other countries. I look forward to meeting you.

HUE’s International Partners

Sending Students Overseas

At HUE, we have three types of  International exchange programs: short-term study abroad, long-term student exchange, and long-term language school. Using this, students from HUE can go  to many places in the world to learn  other languages and about other cultures.

Through the programs at Hokkaido University of education (HUE), a lot of students rediscover Japanese cultures and acquire the ability of speaking, listening, writing, reading in other languages. In addition, you can have wonderful experiences which widen your global vision and your ideas of cross-cultural understanding.

Accepting of Students from Overseas

Especially, HUE has rich study abroad arrangements with with Harbin Normal University and Illinois State University. These universities are located in sister cities to Asahikawa.

In total, 16 students came from abroad as exchange students to study at the Asahikawa campus in 2014. Every time new exchange students come to HUE, we always hold a welcome party and play icebreaker games in English. Attending this party gives exchange students and regular students  at HUEA the chance to make friends.  While at HUEA, exchange students take classes to understand Japanese culture and society, and promote exchange with the students of HUE.

HUE Global Education Leadership Program

In 2015, we started the Global education Leadership Program (GEL). This program helps you for preparation before going abroad.In the GEL program, students work hard on learning English. For example, you can learn English through classes like Presentation and Teaching Methodologies for English-mediated Instruction.. Also, the program advisor, Dr. Andrew Komasinski, will give you useful advices. You can join GEL program even if you are not an English major.

 

Overseas Partner University

There are many partner Universities all over the world. You can study Korean, Russian, Chinese even German if you decide to go these countries.  Language skills you learn and friends you meet will become properties of your career and they will make your life more wonderful.

List of Partners

CountryUniversity NameDate Exchange Agreement was Made
RussiaNovosibirsk State University named after Vitus BeringDecember, 1998
KyrgyzBishkek Humanities UniversityApril, 2003
ZambiaThe University of ZambiaAugust, 2005
EgyptCairo UniversityOctober, 1999
United KingdomSchool of Oriental and Africa Studies, University of LondonJanuary 1988
NorwayUniversity of BergenApril, 2003
FinlandSibelius AcademyMay, 1995
FinlandUniversity of OuluApril, 2008
AustraliaUniversity of Technology, Sydney November, 1993
AustraliaJames Cook UniversityFebruary, 1995
AustraliaGriffith UniversityApril, 2001
ChinaShenyang Normal UniversityJuly, 1988
ChinaHarbin Normal UniversityJuly, 1988
ChinaShandong Teacher's UniversitySeptember, 1992
ChinaUniversity of Hong KongApril, 1999
ChinaSichuan UniversityMarch, 2000
ChinaTianjin Foreign Studies UniversityOctober, 2015
ChinaLiaoning UniversityMarch, 2015
ChinaDalian Ocean University
April, 2015
VietnamHue UniversitySeptember, 2009
CanadaUniversity of Calgary February, 1990
CanadaSimon Fraser University
April, 2000
CanadaSaint Mary’s University January, 1990
USAUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks July, 1989
USAUniversity of Alaska Anchorage June, 2006
USAIllinois State UniversityOctober, 1995
USAThe University of Massachusetts AmherstFebruary, 2010
USASouthern Utah UniversityMay, 2013
USASimmons College August, 2013
KoreaThe College of Education of Pusan National UniversityJanuary, 2007
KoreaSeoul National University of Education June, 2009
KoreaJeonju National University of Education June, 2010
KoreaBusan National University of Education June, 2010
KoreaHansung UniversityMarch, 2011
TaiwanUniversity of Taipei December, 2012
GermanyUniversity of Music WuerzburgJune, 2014

 

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