A cross-cultural web exchange project, Project Ibunka 2018


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A cross-cultural web exchange project, Project Ibunka 2018, Call for Participation

Hello, again! I'm Masahito Watanabe, Wata, at Yokoham National  University, Japan. I'm going to organize a new cross-cultural e-mail  exchange project, Ibunka 2018, again this year. "Ibunka" means  "different cultures" in Japanese. This is a web-based bulletin board  discussion in English among partner students from various countries.  Since 2000, more than 6,000 students from different countries have  participated in the project. Last year, 268 students from Mainland China, Indonesia, Taiwan,  the Netherlands, and Japan posted 1042 messages on the boards.

Please forward this information to any language teachers who you know  well and might be interested in the project.

The site is password protected. Only registered teachers and students  can access to the site. No anonymous accesses are allowed.

If you'd like to expect maximum outcome from your students, your  leadership as a language teacher is inevitable. The web bulletin board  system of the project has several unique features so that teachers can  moderate students' postings. You should carefully consider how you can incorporate the project into your class activities and evaluation.

1. Project Schedule
Students are going to post their messages on the dedicated web-site for  discussion throughout the project. The following is the general plan:

1) School life (Sept. 24 - Oct. 21)
Every partner school hosts its own bulletin board. First, students who  own the board post introductory messages about their school life and invites comments from other partner students.
postings with 150 or more words, comments with 100 or more words

2) Cultures (Oct. 22 - Nov. 18)
Students discuss various aspects of their own domestic cultures, such  as festivals and special events, food culture, fashion, entertainment, etc.?
postings with 250 or more words, comments with 100 or more words

3) Social Issues - World Peace (Nov. 19 - Dec. 18)
Students discuss various domestic and international issues, such as  juvenile crimes, environmental issues, educational issues, regional  conflicts in the world, etc.
postings with 350 or more words, comments with 150 or more words

4) Special Work for Commemorating the Project (Nov. 19 - Dec. 18)
Video-letter exchange

The following are the steps you have to take for your students to be  officially registered:

2. How to join the project

1) Send your e-mail to me (wata33@gmail.com). You'll get a guest access account to the previous project and more detailed information  for the project. You'll also get an MS Excel file on which you type  in some data of your students. Check the previous project and see past postings.

If you're really interested in it, please proceed to the next steps.
2) Key in student names, student ids, and e-mail addresses, picture file names in the MS Excel file.
  Student Name Student ID e-mail          picture file name
 eg John Smith   12001168   xxxx@xxx.ac.jp  12001168.jpg

In the MS Excel file, please type in the file names of your students. Please do not past the pictures   directly onto MS Excel sheets.

3) Take the pictures of each students.
Take pictures of your students. Take one picture for one student, make them smaller in file size (10 - 30 kb in jpeg compressed).

4) Sent the relevant files to me via-email.
Send the MS Excel file and all of the pictures of your students to me via e-mail. Best,


Masahito Watanabe
Yokohama National University

Number of students: 
Preferred start date of exchange: 
Mon, 01/10/2018

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