Bulletin of Institute for Education and Student Services, Okayama University

Published by Institute for Education and Student Services, Okayama University

ISSN 2432-9665

Enhancing Japanese Student Engagement: The Voice of Experience

KIM, Dong Kwang Institute for Global Human Resource Development, Okayama University ORCID researchmap
Okayama University has seen recently an upsurge in the number of courses taught in English. While students generally like the English-medium courses for the abundance and novelty of information available in them, they tend to show hesitance to participate, which sometimes leads to dissatisfaction with the courses. International faculty members also feel something is amiss because they do not understand why students fail to be responsive. Clearly, enhancement of student participation and mitigation of the alienating teaching experience of international faculty are challenges to effective administration of global studies. To that end, the quiet cultivation of optimal demographics for Englishmedium courses is currently the most effective strategy.
global studies
English-medium courses
Japanese student participation
international faculty experience
factors enhancing participation