A cross-cultural web exchange project, Project Ibunka 2012, Call for
Hello, again! I'm Masahito Watanabe, Wata, at Yokoham National
University, Japan. I'm going to organize a new cross-cultural e-mail
exchange project, Ibunka 2012, again this year. "Ibunka" means
"different cultures" in Japanese. This is a web-based bulletin board
discussion in English among partner students from various countries.
Since 2000, more than 2,000 students from different countries have
participated in the project. Last year, 367 students from Russia, Poland,
Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan posted 1,958 messages on the
Please feel free to forward this information to any language teacher who
you know well and might be interested in the project.
The site is password protected. Only registered teachers and students
can access to the site. No anonymous accesses are allowed.
If you'd like to expect maximum outcome from your students, your
leadership as a language teacher is inevitable. The web bulletin board
system of the project has several unique features so that teachers can
moderate students' postings. You should carefully consider how you can
incorporate the project into your class activities and evaluation.
1. Project Schedule
Students are going to post their messages on the dedicated web-site for
discussion throughout the project. The following is the general plan:
1) School life (Sept. 24 - Oct. 21)
Every partner school hosts its own bulletin board. First, students who
own the board post introductory messages about their school life and
invites comments from other partner students.
postings with 150 or more words, comments with 100 or more words
2) Cultures (Oct. 22- Nov. 18)
Students discuss various aspects of their own domestic cultures, such
as festivals and special events, food culture, fashion, entertainment,
postings with 200 or more words, comments with 100 or more words
3) Social Issues - World Peace (Nov. 19 - Dec. 09)
Students discuss various domestic and international issues, such as
juvenile crimes, environmental issues, educational issues, regional
conflicts in the world, etc.
postings with 250 or more words, comments with 150 or more words
4) Special Work for Commemorating the Project (Nov. 19 - Dec. 09)
The following are the steps you have to take for your students to be
2. How to join the project
1) Send your e-mail to me (wata33@...
2) Key in student names, student ids, and e-mail addresses in the MS
Excel file I am going to send you later, and send the completed file
back to me.
Student Name Student ID
eg John Smith 12001168
3) Take the pictures of each students.
If you have a digital camera, take one picture for one student, make
them smaller in file size (10 - 30 kb in jpeg compressed), and send all
the pictures to me via e-mail.
3. If you really join the project
If you have any further interest in the project, don't hesitate to ask
me. I'm going to give you site URL, a guest-access account for our
previous project, and several past newsletters.
University Education Center (S5-2)
Yokohama National University
79-1 Tokiwaday, Hodogaya, Yokohama, Japan
+81 (0)45-339-3195 (room 204)
+81 (0)45-339-3135 (room 201)