On Friday, June 23, 2023, a debriefing session took place following the conclusion of the language training program held at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Republic of Kazakhstan), one of the CiC partner universities, which lasted from February 17 to March 24 (36 days).

The program, known as “Overseas Language Training: Russian C,” was jointly developed by the Center for Global Communication Education and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. A total of 11 undergraduate students, ranging from the 2nd to the 4th year, participated in this program.

In addition to receiving practical training in Russian and Kazakh, participants, including both students and beginners, enhanced their understanding of the diversity within Russian-speaking cultures and societies through homestays and daily life experiences in the field.

The results of the month-long language and cross-cultural training program were presented through three group presentations titled “Report on Return from Short-Term Language Program in Kazakhstan,” “Relationship between Kazakhstan and Japan,” and “Life in Kazakhstan”.

Following the group presentations, all participants shared their impressions regarding the positive and challenging aspects of the training program. Each participant was able to reflect on their personal growth before and after the training, highlighting experiences that could not be obtained online, such as on-site knowledge acquisition and increased motivation to learn the language. The program provided a significant opportunity for all participants to experience substantial growth throughout and beyond the training period.

The debriefing was conducted in a face-to-face format, gathering students and faculty interested in language training and area studies at the Humanities and Social Sciences Building A to listen to the reports.