UC hosted a NCEA Japanese workshop for secondary school students on Thursday 8 June. The workshop was attended by 370 students from 15 schools and was the 5th annual event hosted by the UC Japanese programme with support from the Canterbury Network of Teachers of Japanese. The event attracted the largest number of participants since it began in 2013 and is the largest event of its kind on Japanese language education in New Zealand.
Left to right: Dr Kyoko Mikami, Mr Mitsuru Murase, Mr Tim Williams, Professor Paul Millar, Dr Rachel Payne, Masayoshi Ogino
The day started with a warm welcome from Professor Paul Millar (Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor – College of Arts), and greetings from Mr Mitsuru Murase (Consul, Consular Office of Japan). A special talk was delivered by UC alumni and internet marketing pioneer Mr Tim Williams, on his encounters and experiences in Japan, as well as the skills required for the rapidly changing world.
The secondary school students had three intensive language sessions, with 30 UC students who helped them to learn Japanese as role models and mentors. The feedback was overwhelming, indicating those involved enjoyed their day at UC.
UC Subject Librarian Brian McElwaine shares his experience taking the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) course.
For the past five weeks, I’ve been learning a bit of New Zealand Sign Language through the Disability Resource Service. It’s slightly eerie, studying in an almost silent room for an hour a week, and since the class was taught by a Deaf teacher, we really had to concentrate to take everything in. It’s been heaps of fun, and great to learn alongside students, but the unusual learning environment did bring across to me how challenging the world can be to a Deaf person in unexpected ways.
I recommend taking the course when it’s run again in Term 3. As a participant, you could learn something outside the normal subject-specific stuff and maybe make some new friends. Most importantly, as a human being, it might well help you to remember to be compassionate – the people around you are often battling invisible challenges you know nothing about, so be kind to each other out there!
UC’s New Zealand Sign Language course is on again from 20 July until 24 August, from 12 noon to 12:50pm each Thursday.
Participants will learn:
- Finger-spelling alphabet
- Basic phrases
- Some university specific vocabulary
- Develop some understanding of Deaf Culture
Find out more, including how to register for the course, here>
As part of Samoan Language Week, the UC Pacific Development Team is releasing a series of videos that aim to educate and also show off our awesome students and staff.
Today’s theme is Samoan history.
Watch further videos on YouTube