人文学部 国際英語学科 ニュース


Here at HJU, there are many kinds of career support, and through various channels, students are encouraged to get both academic support and practical experience. In this second part of a series of articles, we hear from two more third-year KEG students who have recently completed their internship. HS and RS interned at Hiroshima International School (HIS). They are one of Hiroshima's oldest schools of their type and have one of the most diverse student bodies of any institution in our city.

First, I asked HS and RS to talk about why they became interested in volunteering and internships, and how this is connected to their current and future plans.

HS-I have been interested in working at an educational institution, and as I have taken classes in English in the GSE course, it was an attractive internship opportunity to work in the field of education while using English.
(元々教育機関での仕事に興味があり、GSE で英語を用いて授業をを受けている私にとって、英語を使いながら教育現場での職業体験ができるインターナショナルスクールはとても魅力的なインターンシップでした。)

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HS was able to see how diverse groups manage language and other differences through mutual support. This shows how the values of an organization like HIS are put into practice.

RS-I participated in the internship because I was curious about an international school that teaches using English as the main language. The content of the lessons and the atmosphere when the children were taking the lessons were surprisingly different from when I took my compulsory education, and everything was new to me.

Since they will have been directly experiencing the ethos and work of HIS, let's hear from the interns directly!

RS-I helped with lessons such as Japanese and Music. In most Japanese schools, most students use Japanese as their first language, but at international schools, people have different mother tongues. For that reason, the teacher teaches according to the level of each student, in the same class. Through helping in the lessons, I found that students studying in various languages are doing their best to overcome language and skill barriers. In addition, students teach the things that their classmates don't understand and cooperate with each other, while the teachers give guidance tailored to each student, and I could understand the values of HIS in teaching while valuing diversity and communication.

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RS was able to get hands-on experience and reflect on academic ideas in a real-world environment.

HS-I had the opportunity to take charge of an early childhood class, where the children were aged three years or younger. There were students from various backgrounds in each class, and it was a learning environment full of diversity. We provided English support to students who do not speak English as their first language and participated in role-plays in Japanese classes to assist teachers. During the break, I was able to interact with the students in various situations, such as playing dodgeball outside. As HIS classes are small-sized, students and teachers have a close relationship, and they welcome people from the outside of the school, like us. If you are interested in working globally, not just teaching English, an internship at an international school will be valuable.)

Well again, thank you to HIS for their generosity in accepting our students, and to all their staff and students, for the fantastic experiences they created for HS and RS. Thank you to the students, too, for their hard work and energies, and for taking the time to share their ideas with us.

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Internships are valuable experiences for many students at this university. In the GSE internship class, for example, students learned about two important areas that are related to their internship placements. First, we studied 'service learning', which is a useful way of thinking about internships as having both an educational element and a reciprocal, serving element. Second, because both of the placements this year are institutions that have ethics and peace at their core, we looked at the topic of virtue ethics. Using interesting resources from a recent United Nations collaboration with major world religions and philosophies, we explored what 'virtue' means from various cultural and religious perspectives.

In this first of a series of articles, we hear from RS, who interned at the World Friendship Center (WFC). The WFC is one of Hiroshima's diverse network of domestic and international peace-orientated NGOs and has one of the longest histories of working in this city. I asked RS to tell us what she learned, and what she did, during her recent placement.

First I asked RS about why she was interested in taking internships, and how this fits into her future plans.

The reason why I was interested in this internship was that I could intern using English and I could learn about Hiroshima. I also thought that being able to do several different types of work, not just one, would be helpful for my future career. ​​I was also fascinated by the opportunity to learn about the history of the atomic bombing at WFC. I have lived in Hiroshima for more than 10 years, but I didn't know much about hibakusha and the atomic bombing, so I wanted to know more. I wanted to learn more about the atomic bombing because I thought there were many things that I could learn from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as I learned about world peace and conflicts in the world in my university classes. In addition, I thought this was an opportunity to think about what I can do to pass on the message to the next generation as a young person living in Hiroshima.


RS busy at work. her internship gave her a chance to do many different activities.

Next, I asked RS to talk about her experience working at WFC.

Through this internship, I was able to learn about the history of the WFC, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as well as computer skills and other skills that are needed in society. I learned about Barbara Reynolds, who founded the WFC and worked hard to spread the story of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to the world through the process of converting the WFC handbook from Japanese to English. In addition, By listening to the stories of second-generation Korean residents in Japan about their experiences of the atomic bombing, I was able to learn about their experiences of the bombing and prejudice that I had never known before. Moreover, I was able to get involved with the local people of Hiroshima through the English conversation class at WFC. I am confident that this internship experience will have a positive impact on my future career.


RS with the current WFC directors. Through them, and their partners, she was able to learn about the history of WFC, and learn more about the city she grew up in.

Thank you so much to the WFC for all their important work, and of course, for being so welcoming and supportive to RS. I think we can see that internships are valuable experiences for students, and thanks to the hard work and preparation of the students, they have been able to give something back. These are just two examples of many kinds of career support offered to students here at HJU, so please visit our website and check out how our university makes sure that students have the skills and experiences they need to be successful when they graduate. Watch out for another article coming soon where we from some more interns!

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In another installment exploring the past and current experiences of GSE graduates, I have been speaking (remotely) with CN. As you'll hear below, she is doing very well in her new job in the digital marketing sector. CN is very much missed here at HJU, but I have really enjoyed hearing about her new life, and how, now that she has been in the working world for a while, she looks back on her time here at HJU.

CN always stood out in my memory as having particularly good English skills, but perhaps even more markedly, as being quite entrepreneurial and professional. I asked her first, about her current job, and whether she uses English.

After graduation, I was headhunted by a very small venture company in Tokyo. Currently, I am working professionally in digital marketing, as well as studying daily to improve my skills as a writer and in growth hacking (helping companies grow). In my daily work, I mostly work with Google. You probably use Google search when you shop or browse the internet, and it is no exaggeration to say that information is now the most important thing in global trade. As a writer, I write in Japanese about my specialty area, but the information I collect is primarily from international sites. In my work connected to growth hacking, the tools I use are also from overseas. Simply, these are things that you cannot master if you don't speak English. So, I'm not an active English-speaking professional such as people working in hotels or the airline industry, but I am grateful to be able to do work that I am proud of thanks to being able to use a variety of English expressions, have good reading comprehension, and other background information I developed during my studies in GSE.

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CN Busy working in her new position

Then, since I am sure many current and future students reading this want to be able to use English in their everyday lives, just like CN, I asked her what her top tips are for improving English skills.

I'm better at reading and writing than I am at speaking when it comes to English. Many people might suggest going to places where you can talk with native speakers, but I have a different view. I think you should focus on maintaining and developing your strengths. It's always possible to let others help who make up for your weaknesses. I think in society, people with expertise are more valuable than all-rounders. Do you tend to think in terms of your deficiencies ("my speaking is no better than a child!"), or in terms of strengths ("I am a match for anyone in this class when it comes to writing!"). I tend to think more like the latter, and so I tried to set and stay on top of writing challenges. Teachers will understand when you make an effort, and I tended to receive good feedback because I showed great commitment to what I was doing. Please feel at ease and make an effort in a direction that gives you confidence in yourself.

I wondered how CN looks back at her time at HJU, what the highlights were, and whether she wishes she could give any advice to her younger self.

At HJU, I was able to spend time with my classmates and teachers who all had their own unique talents. The highlight of my student life is the fieldwork in Vietnam that I participated in my first year. I put myself in an unfamiliar culture and worked on the program with Vietnamese students. I lived in an English-only environment for 24 hours and gave a presentation every night about what I learned by going to various places. The days were hard both physically and mentally, and I sometimes got sick. However, this experience is very useful for me, and in my current work at the venture company in Tokyo, which cannot afford to devote any resources to education or support, I am tough enough to cope. This is because in the marketing industry where there is no correct answer, even if you are cornered, you can laugh and say to yourself "It was even harder when I went to Vietnam." I realize that human beings can become stronger if they experience their limits. If you want to talk to yourself at that time, I would like to say "Good job! You're so tough!".
(広島女学院大学では、ユニークな才能に恵まれたクラスメイトや先生方と、伸び伸びと過ごすことができました。学生生活のハイライトは、一年次で参加したベトナムでのフィールドワークです。慣れない文化の中に身を置いて、ベトナムの学生たちと共にプログラムに取り組みました。24時間英語だけで生活をし、いろんな場所へ行って学んだことについて毎晩プレゼンテーションを行いました。心身ともにハードな日々で、不調を起こすこともありました。しかし、現在教育リソースなどに割く余裕もない東京のベンチャー企業で働く私にとっては、この経験が非常に役に立っています。正解のないマーケティング業で、自分が追い詰められても、「ベトナムに行った時はもっと辛かったな」と笑い飛ばせるからです。極限を経験していれば、人間は強くなれるということを私は実感しています。当時の自分に声をかけるなら、"Good job! You're so tough!" と言ってあげたいですね。)

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CN at Global Village Field Experience in Vietnam in 2017

Finally, some words of advice for high school students:

College students are genuinely free. University is a place where you can do anything at your own discretion. Just do whatever you are interested in or want to try. Of course, not only with academic work but also part-time jobs and hobbies are important. In any case, please visit new places and get a lot of inspiration. Each experience of success and failure will surely enrich your life. Hiroshima Jogakuin University has an environment where you can make the most of your successes and failures. Please look forward to meeting the teachers who are kind and give you advice, and your wonderful friends!

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CN looks back fondly on her days at HJU

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