Ibaraki Christian University
Ibaraki Christian University Programs
Intern at a university in Japan! In the teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) internship program, interns help undergraduate English majors in Japan to
Ibaraki Christian University Reviews
Internship in the DCE at Ibaraki Christian University
Submitted by Kimberly - Princeton University | October 14, 2017
I participated in this internship as an undergraduate student during the fall of my junior year. The internship within the Department of Contemporary English (DCE) was by far the most rewarding experience of my undergraduate career. The faculty members within the DCE are very kind, and are always willing to assist interns in developing skills as educators and acclimating to life in Hitachi. My arrival to Hitachi was smooth, and one of the faculty members within the DCE was kind enough to pick me up from the bus stop and bring me to my host family. The students are very friendly, and are eager to learn - it was refreshing to see their passion for learning English. As an aspiring professor, I was able to deepen my understanding of pedagogy. The skills that I obtained from the internship were crucial for my future experiences in language teaching.
I was fortunate to live with a homestay family throughout the length of my internship. I would highly recommend aspiring interns to live with a homestay, regardless of Japanese language ability. I found that living with a homestay caused my Japanese language ability to skyrocket. My homestay family was very kind - my homestay parents were eager to bring me to cultural events and introduce me to famous locations within Ibaraki. Furthermore, the students at the university were also very eager to introduce me to their favorite spots in Hitachi and Ibaraki. Although Ibaraki is perceived to be very rural, I found it ripe with opportunities for sightseeing. Its proximity to Tokyo also allowed me to venture and sightsee during vacations/weekends.
Three years have passed since my internship at Ibaraki Christian University, and I still sing praises of it to current undergraduate students. This internship is unique in that it offers you the opportunity to teach within a university - this impressive facet of the internship was a huge advantage when applying for graduate programs (I am currently a PhD student). The internship also significantly boosted my public-speaking skills. I still speak to the students and faculty members of the DCE to this very day, and I am looking forward to the day in which I can reunite with them in person! I highly recommend this internship to aspiring educators who are passionate about cultural exchange, pedagogy, and making lifelong connections.
Teaching English in Japan
Submitted by Emma - Middlebury college | September 21, 2017
I had a really good experience and learned a lot. I would strongly recommend this internship to anyone who hopes to become a teacher in the future (whether teaching English in Japan or Japanese in America). All of the students and faculty were very kind and helpful; the students were always willing to learn and excited to talk to us. We spent very little time doing organized teaching with a lesson plan, instead generally preferring to play games or chat with the students, or do small organized activities like playing music and having them fill in the blanks in lyrics. These games were all centered around giving them the chance to speak as much as possible and exposing them to new grammar and vocabulary. Although the students were interested, when given the choice many of them simply wished to play card games and avoid talking more than necessary, so it was important to work hard to engage them. Overall it was a really rewarding experience, but anyone applying should keep in mind that it is hard work and they will have to invest a good amount of time each day to preparing lessons and helping students.
Really, Really Wonderful Experience
Submitted by Alex - McGill University | September 18, 2017
The internship program that the DCE has at Ibaraki Christian (IC) is incredibly well-coordinated and structured. Throughout the whole process, from before leaving for Japan until you go home, you are given total support and assistance, and the everyone involved is so open to help you adjust to both the internship life in Japan. All your responsibilities and expectations are clearly outlined, yet you are allowed a lot of freedom in deciding in how you carry out said responsibilities. Therefore, this internship is both beneficial in learning to work with others, as well as independently.
Another benefit that this internship offers, of course, is the experience of living and working in Japan. The people at IC are incredible, and so willing to get to know you. Hitachi is in the countryside, so you truly are in the 'real Japan', with not a lot of tourists or English support. There are a million opportunities for one to practice their Japanese, whether on the streets or in private lessons (that the internship coordinators are happy to set you up with). Again, even though it is very overwhelming to be coming halfway across the globe to be working in a foreign country with a different language and culture, everyone is there to help make that transition smooth.
I do feel this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and highly recommend this to anyone who wants to pursue ESL, or is interested in the field and wants to really experience Japan.
English intern at Ibaraki Christian University
Submitted by Kylie Winger - Middlebury College | November 20, 2016
This internship provides incredible access to living and working in Japan with no Japanese skills required (well, no Japanese skills required for the internship. I would say that Japanese skills are hands-down required to make the most of your time here in Japan). The professors at Ibaraki Christian University will work hard to make sure you are safe, comfortable, and taken care of during your time here. They are available to you at any time and they are incredibly dedicated and hardworking people. I completed this internship the summer after my freshman year of college, after taking one year of Japanese. Having so many opportunities to use the language this summer has not only cemented the basic fundamentals learned in first year Japanese, but also given me the motivation I need to continue to work hard in my second year class in the fall.
Additionally, I made so many wonderful friendships and created so many unforgettable memories this summer. When I think about the people I've met here, I feel deeply thankful I've been privileged enough to have this opportunity.
Perhaps most importantly, living and working in Japan for ten weeks has taught me a lot about myself. It gave me insight into what I want to major in. I've learned that although I'm good at teaching English, it's not my passion, and I don't want to make a career of it. But above all else, this internship has taught me that I am strong, capable, and resilient, exceeding beyond my previous self-conceived capacities. And I think that's the gift for which I'm most thankful.
Summer internship at IC
Submitted by Christianna Traynor - - | November 17, 2016
I interned at IC for three months over the summer of 2013, and I can`t speak highly enough about my entire experience. I stayed with three different host families connected to IC (one month with each family) during my internship, and that contributed a lot to the already incredible time I spent doing the internship. I had the opportunity to see what teaching English to Japanese learners in a variety of settings is like, to experience Japanese culture and way of life both at home with my host families and elsewhere, to improve my own language skills, and to meet a number of awesome people.
I had no experience teaching English before participating in the internship, so it became in invaluable opportunity for me to discover whether or not that was something I wanted to pursue in the future. I was challenged with creating activities from scratch or adapting to the ones already in place to help students develop their language skills. I was also able to both observe and participate in teaching in the classroom. The internship gave me a feel for what being a TESOL teacher would be like.
The internship at IC also resulted in some long-lasting friendships and deepened the love I already had for Japan. I am now living in Japan doing my second year of the JET Program, and I have no intention of leaving in the near future. The hands-on experience and training I received as an intern from the teachers at IC directly influenced my decision to apply for the JET Program, and I`m confident that having that experience contributed to my being accepted into the program.
I highly recommend the TESOL internship at IC, whether you are interested in TESOL, want experience teaching, love Japan, or you just want to try something different and awesome in a foreign country.