【Gコミ学科】Improving English, Understand the World through the Model United Nations
Between July 23rd and 25th, six 1st year students from the School of International Communications participated in the Japan English Model United Nations (JEMUN, https://www.jemun.net/) . Although the event was held online this year due to coronavirus, it provided our students with a valuable way to practice their English while deepening their understanding of the world around them!
Learning English has many steps. After mastering the basics of English fluency, it becomes important to practice English in many social contexts and situations. For those Japanese students who only study Japanese in the classroom, it is a challenge to find opportunities to use English in an authentic, "real world" way. Technically, the Model United Nations is not "real" in the sense that it is a role-playing conference where participants assume the identities of United Nations delegates from different countries. Nonetheless, the activity can be said to be authentic in the way students are asked to work with others to find practical solutions to pressing global issues.
This year, for example, KUISs students were asked to represent countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh and Yemen on world problems such as corruption and human trafficking. Students said that MUN helped them learn about international relations and current events more deeply; they also expressed satisfaction in learning how to cooperate with students from other countries and developing leadership skills.
Student participation in JEMUN reflects KUISs' larger commitment to providing English language learning through active, problem-based pedagogy. While we want our students to learn to speak English fluently and correctly, we also want them to see English as a tool to help become more engaged global citizens!
国際コミュニケーション学部 英語コミュニケーション学科 教授 Shorb Patrick