Recapping the Fall 2021 LEWs

Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Theo F.
Translator: Theo F.

Hi everyone! How is the start of the semester going? Through today’s article, we will be briefly recapping last year’s 3 language exchange workshops for a better understanding of Campus Globalization’s activities. Despite hardships, we were able to hold these small workshops. From the next paragraph, I hope you can see what to expect from future workshops.

  1. Trick or Treat ~Halloween~

The first workshop was held on Halloween in October. Both E-Track and J-Track, dressed in spooky costumes, got together and compared language differences. Games such as quizzes and drawing monsters were held, where everyone shared their own culture. 

Students were then divided into groups and combined their individualities into creating original horror stories. Through these activities, we were not only able to compare cultural differences, but also find common points between cultures.

  1. Making a Habit

The latter half of November was probably stressful for a lot of us, as final exams approached. It was important for us to look back at our daily routines and identify bad habits. This workshop focused on how we can change these bad habits to good ones. 

It was interesting how the number of participants meant that there were as many differences in daily habits. Something could be perceived as a bad habit by some participants, while others could see it as something irreplaceable in their daily routines. Therefore, this language exchange workshop highlighted the differences in thinking and values – it was impossible to decide something as a good habit right off the bat. Through discussions, participants were able to find ways to improve their personal routines for a healthier lifestyle.

  1. Love

Christmas approaches as we step into December. Through this last workshop, participants looked back on how they spent Christmas the previous year as they shared what an ideal Christmas season entails for them. In Japan, it is culturally dominant to spend Christmas with your lover – much to the shock of participants unfamiliar with the Japanese Christmas season.

Next, participants shared their values towards “love”. It was interesting to see how “love” means so differently for different people. We also studied the 5 steps of love languages (https://life-catalog.com/the5lovelanguages): confirmatory language, physical help, presents, quality time, and skinship. Participants shared their views on which of the 5 were more important to them.

Thank you for reading until here, we are also grateful to everyone who spent time with us during these workshops! We will also be hosting language exchange workshops this year, so definitely join us if you are interested! If you have any requests or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us on Instagram: @tiu_sli

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