ECU graduate experiences Japan first-hand
Friday, 11 February 2011
Renee Reveley with fellow Japanese students
ECU graduate from the School of Communications and Arts, Renee Reveley, recently got the chance to experience the diverse lifestyle, people and culture of Japan by taking part in a study tour, organised by the Government of Japan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
The program, which started in 2009, is a joint initiative between Australia and Japan that aims to strengthen ties between the two countries, giving students the chance to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, visit historical landmarks, develop language skills and learn about the country.
Students travel across the country over a 10-day period, touring Japanese landmarks, tasting new foods, visiting traditional buildings and completing home stays with nominated Japanese families
The tour was a great opportunity for Renee to experience Japan first-hand and apply her language skills as she embarks on a Japanese teaching career.
"As one of the lucky participants of the 2010 program, I spent an amazing 10 days in Tokyo and Kyoto with 43 other students from around Australia.”
“Having recently graduated as a qualified French, Japanese and English as a Second Language teacher, this experience will be invaluable for me, as I can supplement my high school classes with the knowledge of real-life experiences, photos and authentic language materials to inspire my students,” said Renee.
Japanese Coordinator in the School of Communication and Arts, Dr Junko Iwasaki, congratulated Renee on her achievements.
“Renee started studying Japanese at ECU and achieved excellent marks in all Japanese units despite the fact that she had never been to Japan. She was a great example of her classmates and I’m really glad that she got the opportunity to be a part of this short study tour.”
For more information on Japanese studies at ECU, visit the 2011 Handbook.