Project Ibunka 2019


Basic information

A cross-cultural web exchange project, Project Ibunka 2019, Call for Participation


Hello, again! I'm Masahito Watanabe, Wata, at Yokohama National University, Japan. I'm going to organize a new cross-cultural e-mail exchange project, Ibunka 2019, 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, 204 students from Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan posted 1283 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. 23 - Oct. 20)
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. 21 - Nov. 17)
 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. 18 - Dec. 17)
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. 17)
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 ( 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
 e.g. John Smith   12001168  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. 



Masahito Watanabe
Yokohama National University

Study programme: 
High School or University Students
Number of students: 
Preferred start date of exchange: 
Mon, 23/09/2019

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