Practical Language Education Support Office (PLESO)
The Practical Language Education Support Office has been established in the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies to support this program, and will carry out activities in close liaison with faculty members and office staff. The Support Office will not only assist young researchers to arrange links with partner institutions, but will carry out educational activities before and after the visits, aiming to build an educational system with a briefing-debriefing structure of in-country training > overseas training > in-country training. This program includes the following measures designed to implement the program effectively.
One such measure is to build up a library of language study materials for the Asian and African regions within the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies. Of the thousands of languages said to exist in the Asian and African regions, very few have language study materials in Japanese. However, language study and recorded audio and visual materials have been published in Europe, America and in the region involved. The work of accumulating these language materials will begin with a view to establishing a Practical Language Center, which will meet the demands for the acquisition of various languages throughout the Asian and African regions.
Further, from the 2008 Academic Year, the courses On-Site Practical Language Seminar 1 and On-Site Practical Language Seminar 2 will be offered within ASAFAS, and credit will be awarded to students who take part in practical language training under the program.
In addition, concerning practical language education for Area Studies, efforts will be made to implement complementary activities to improve the effectiveness of the program. For example, students who have completed the input level will be encouraged to take the examinations for attaining the various language qualifications available both in Japan and in other countries.
|TONAGA Yasushi||Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies|
|OKAMOTO Masaaki||Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies|
|TAKADA Akira||Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies|