Program Name：Short-Term Training Program for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese-Language
Participant Name: Mr. BUSAREDDY VIJAYA KUMAR
Organization Name: SRM University, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram Dist., Tamil Nadu
Year of Participation: FY2014-2015
I am very happy to inform you that I had a very warm welcome from Japan Foundation, Urawa , Japan.
In our batch we were 37 teachers from 24 countries. The batch was divided into 4 groups after a test, so that we could learn more effectively.
The teachers were very nice. They taught us different teaching methodologies and techniques and gave us many teaching materials, books and MARUGOTO A1 , A2 and B1 series.
In the classroom we had projects, seminars, interviews and presentations. We did our projects along with Japanese University students.
They gave us special training on Japanese Doll making, Calligraphy, Origami, Monogatari and Tea ceremony. They also took us to Bonsai Village, Bonjinsha and Kabuki to understand Japanese culture.
They arranged for a home stay that was very memorable and I learned about Japanese life style. They treated us like their family members and we felt very much at home with them. We felt very sad when we had to leave.
The facilities in the centre were very good. The library had a lot of Japanese books in all world languages.
We had a computer lab with 24 hours Internet connection and Wi-Fi.
The canteen food was very delicious and we had a kitchen to self-cook with Micro ovens, rice cookers and utensils.
We had individual rooms with bath tub and room service. Television, refrigerator and 5 in 1 were also provided. Other facilities like Washing machines, Dryers, Iron boxes, Hair dryers and B.P. checking machines were available. We also had a Karaoke room and bicycles to go out.
I did not have any bad experience. They gave me a telephone card to contact my family members, SUICA to travel by Train or Bus and an ATM card for my weekend expenses.
Though they took us to many places I personally travelled in the weekends to different places like Tokyo, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Ueno, Ginza, Akihabara, Odaiba, Ōmiya, Yokohama, Kawagoe, Kamakura, Ushiku and so forth with my fellow-teachers and met a lot of Japanese. This was a good opportunity to speak to them and improve my conversation skills. Moreover wherever we went, all the signboards and hoardings were only in Japanese and so it made familiar with the script, especially Kanji and helped us to remember them well.
The final tour was excellent. We visited Nara, Osaka and Kyoto, stayed in Star Hotels and travelled by Shinkansen.
All the teachers came from different countries so that our common language was only Japanese. My spoken Japanese improved rapidly. We formed a group and are in touch with each other through e-mail and Facebook regularly, exchanging our ideas in Japanese Language. I personally feel that I have made friends worldwide.
Finally I wish to convey my thanks to Japan Foundation, Delhi. It is because of them I was able to undergo such a wonderful training programme.