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Communication Skills for the Age of Globalisation

Earlier this month Emeritus Professor Nobuko Uchida of Ochanomizu University inspired IPU New Zealand students and staff with a lecture on communication skills for the age of globalisation.

Professor Uchida visits IPUAccording to Professor Uchida, students’ imaginations help them understand the world around them, and effective cross-cultural communication helps people build relationships and accept others for who they are.

Professor Uchida also shared her research findings on gender-based behaviours and gender awareness in conversations held between native speakers of Japanese. She explained that true dialogue only occurs when both participants engage in rhythmic turn-taking.

Her advice to students studying in their second language at a foreign university?

“Students should learn the correct way to structure an essay in the second language. For instance, in English, they need to write a topic sentence first and then develop their explanation using appropriate linking words. Japanese students in particular must learn to give solid reasoning data and evidence in their essays, leading to a solid conclusion.”

Professor Uchida is pictured here (left) with IPU President Setsuko Ohashi.

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