During the 2019-20 school year, five students in the HS Japanese Native II and MS Native Japanese classes published essays in the Asahi Shimbun, a premier Japanese national newspaper. The students wrote about navigating overseas moves and about their intercultural identities.
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Kotoha (HS) wrote about negotiating academic English and classroom discussions at international school (November 20, 2019):
Lisa (HS) described maintaining two family languages, Japanese and Korean, with inspiration from a friend (November 26, 2019):
Emina (MS) called for acceptance of people with a wide variety of physical appearances in Japanese society (January 7, 2020):
Satomi (MS) reflected on flying to Japan to be with an ailing grandparent, who struggled to communicate (January 16, 2020):
Karen (MS) urged that virtual reality and artificial intelligence be used to foster intercultural empathy (January 28, 2020):
The students drafted and submitted their essays as part of Media and Culture units instructed by Kahoru Nakamachi. The units called for writing one’s opinion with a particular outlet, audience, purpose, and style in mind.
Comparative reflection about one’s cultures, and writing for an authentic audience, are key tasks for multilingual students and highly valued at ISB.