Video Conferencing for Intercultural Education

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Eleanor Kane, University of Shimane

The merits of an outreach project conducted through video conferencing between Japanese 6th graders, supported by local Japanese university students, and overseas university students in the United States will be explained in this paper. The project was part of the local university curriculum. Information in the paper includes how the video conference was implemented, the objectives and outcomes of the project, the children’s feedback on video conferencing, and practical decisions relating to the setting up of similar projects, with useful advice for teachers. It was found that Japanese school children feel positive about communicating with overseas students and most want to try video conferencing again despite concerns about their lack of English ability and confidence.