A Report on Multicultural Collaborative Projects

 

IJUIN Ikuko, OKA Yoko

 

Key Words: Multicultural Collaborative Projects, Project Based Learning,

                     Communicative Ability, Social Skills

 

This paper reports on multicultural collaborative projects, involving both Japanese and international students at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, conducted intensively over two weeks in the winter quarter.

The aim of the class is to develop communicative ability and interpersonal/social skills through the execution of projects and presentations in multicultural teams.  The results of questionnaire surveys collected over a three year period, from 2016 to 2018, have shown that the majority of students were able to find meaning in their projects and appreciate the importance of working together in a team toward a common goal. On the other hand, the issues of which quarter, how long a period and what scale of class, along with what level of instructor intervention is effective for team activities, remain to be solved.