MARA University of Technology (Malaysia) and Singapore Polytechnic (Singapore), we signed an academic exchange agreement with these Universities respectively, held online language training. MARA University of Technology provided the training from Monday, August 30, 2021 to Friday, September 3, 2021 and Monday, September 13 2021 to Friday, September 17, 2021 as well as Singapore Polytechnic provided the training from Monday, September 6, 2021 to Friday, September 10, 2021. Twenty-four of our students joined the training.
The two universities’ kindness made the training possible as it was difficult for us to go overseas due to COVID-19. We would like to show our appreciation to the people of MARA University of Technology and Singapore Polytechnic. They made such efforts to conduct the training that was a completely different style from previous training.
We sent our students to these universities up to two years ago. But it has been difficult to have face to face communication due to COVID-19 expansion since last year. Under such a situation, we managed to have the training with the content that had a cross-cultural exchange among Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan. Our students were able to improve their English skills and understand different cultures while they stayed in Japan.
Training provided by MARA University of Technology
Group picture of participants of language training provided by MARA University of Technology
Our school promotes an opportunity to learn English by holding English conversation lessons with our international students as well as by using DMM English conversation during the semesters. We believe this training was good encouragement for our students who usually participate in international exchange activities and plan to go to study abroad because they do not have many opportunities to use English continuously in a systematized program for the long-term.
Our students performed the final presentation at the training provided by Singapore Polytechnic
Group picture of participants of language training provided by Singapore Polytechnic
SUGIYAMA Subaru (1st-year of the Department of Business Administration)
I think I obtained the basic English conversation skills and Malaysian culture by joining the online language training.
First, I felt it was hard and I was nervous because it was done online as well as we had to discuss in English. But I got used to English while I was taking the training and used the advantages of online. For example, it is much easier to show many Japanese pictures that I want to introduce to other students by using the feature of “share my screen”.
This program specified the topic prior to the training and the teachers were kind so that I felt more like I was enjoying the conversation, not studying. I was relaxed when I talked to Malaysian teachers, so I could get closer to them. I believe it was a good experience.
WATAKABE Yuzuha (3rd-year of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering)
I joined the online language training because a language training I was planning to join in the summer was canceled due to COVID-19. It was a short period of 5 days, but the content in one day was really good and it was a valuable experience.
All years of the students were allowed to join the training, and a total of 10 students (3 students from 1st-year, 3 students from 2nd-year, 4 students from 3rd-year) joined it.
The main content of the training was individual and group work activities and presentation of the assignment.
We communicated with Singapore students on the third day. Australian teacher told us about nature art and showed us the video of the art on the fourth day.
And on the final day, we made presentations about Japan and Singapore from various views by each group in the morning.
I spent each day with good attention as it was a short period of 5 days and I believed I learned English more enthusiastically compared to before.