Welcome to the virtual online discussion!

The online discussion will be between students at CU Boulder (CU) and students at Shinsu University taking English during the Spring 2017 semester.


In order to fully learn a language, you need interaction with the language and culture. With this project, we are trying to overcome the problem of learning another language (Japanese) in a foreign country (English speaking) in an academic setting. This project offers the students new resources to native speakers through online discussions on culture topics.

Instructors and Assistant for Project:

  • Professor Yumiko Matsanaga from CU
  • Professor Mark Brierley from Shinsu University
  • Naomi Wahls – ALTEC Consultant from CU


Students will be granted access to Moodle starting April 17th:

  • Week 1 (April 17-21) – Introductions
  • Week 2 (April 24-28) – Articles & Video discussions
  • Week 3 (May 1-5) – Reflection Paper & Articles Summary Paper

Student Objectives:

  • I can discuss social justice in English with non-native English speakers (CU students) / with native English speakers (Shinsu students)
  • I can discuss health topics in Japanese with non-native Japanese speakers (CU students) / with native Japanese speakers (Shinsu students)
  • I can introduce myself to native speakers in their native language

Articles and Videos

Students will receive 1 article and 1 short videos in Japanese and 1 article in English by end of April for the discussion.



Prior Research

ALTEC staff member Naomi Wahls has started an initial research on intercultural competency through telecollaboration. This project will be a continuation of that prior research.


Feel free to email me at any time if you have any questions as a student or instructor. – naomi.wahls@colorado.edu