Education majors from Japan study U.S. culture, education system through UWL program
They observed local K-12 classrooms, met with La Crosse Public School Superintendent Randy Nelson, and visited a local dairy farm. A group of university students from Japan experienced U.S. education and culture during a three-week program at UWL.
UW-La Crosse’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute hosted the group of education majors from the University of Teacher Education Fukuoka (UTEF) in Fukuoka, Japan, Feb. 27-March 21.
The program allowed students to visit a variety of schools in the community to observe and learn about the U.S. educational system. During the school visits, the Japanese students offered cross-cultural activities to the American students.
This year’s program offered the Japanese students a 10-day homestay in family homes in the Coulee Region. Planned activities included a welcome party with UWL students who volunteered as “buddies” to meet with the Japanese students and show them around the university and city. In conjunction with UWL’s Education Department, a panel discussion was held during the monthly “Coffee Hour,” sponsored by International Education & Engagement. Students from both countries gave Power Point presentations about their countries, cities and universities, followed by a Q & A session.
In addition, the UTEF students visited the UWL Campus Child Center, North Woods International, Logan Middle, Emerson Elementary and 7 Rivers High School. The UTEF students observed and participated in lessons — teaching origami, calligraphy, and traditional Japanese dance to La Crosse district students.