NAMIE MAYEKAWA (TOKAI UNIVERSITY)
HIROSHI NAKAGAWA (Tokai university)

THE ISSUES AND REALITIES OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD IN JAPAN: MOTIVATION AND CHALLENGES : LANGUAGE LEARNING

Recently, globalization is a term that consistently appears in discussions of educational, and with the market expansion into emerging countries, the strategy of multinational management taken by Japanese companies is accelerating. In this globalized society, personal development has become very important for foreign language competence. To build intercultural competence, the study abroad program study has been created for developing such competence offered by colleges and universities in Japan. In addition to support students’ educational goals, these study abroad programs often serve as a recruitment tool for prospective students. To develop and offer an effective and appropriate study abroad program to help our students become competent, sensitive global citizens and professionals, authors conducted the factor analysis research and define how students perceive about language learning towards study abroad. In this presentation, through factor analysis, the authors define four main factors and examine students’ foreign language competence, intercultural competence, and personal qualities.

Namie Maekawa is an undergraduate student of Tokai University. She belongs to the department of international studies. Raised in Japan by Peruvian parents, she is fluent in speaking, Spanish, Japanese, and English. Having a background of Japanese and Peruvian cultures, she develops a curious mind regards to bilingual education.

Hiroshi Nakagawa is an English instructor at Tokai University. He completed Doctorate in Education from Northcentral University in Arizona, specializing in cultural diversity, ESL methodology, and second language acquisition. His collaborative research has involved the tracking of oral proficiency using blog activities and critical thinking skills.