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Prof. Masahito WATANABE
Yokohama National University Yokohama Japan
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Incorporating more virtual features into a VE project
Presentation abstract
The drastic increase in virtual cross-cultural contact has increased the possibility of experiencing political conflicts among participants. Watanabe (2020) proposes that VE language teachers should tackle international controversies rather than shelve them so that students could approach the goal of multicultural understanding. Specifically, VE language teachers should enhance students’ cross-cultural dialogue skills and nurture their naïve sentiments for basic human needs. In August 2020, Y. Ochiai, N. Kitagawa, and M. Murota translated their Japanese book published in 2015 into English as, Reflections on Stolen Youth 1945 <- 2015. The book contains a series of interviews of Japanese who lived as a youth in the days of World War II. Since 2020, I have organized a VE with these virtual youths alongside a cross-cultural exchange project, Project Ibunka. In my presentation, I would like to show how this new type of VE can help students challenge their previous views on their modern history.
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VE, conflict resolution, basic human needs
Virtual exchange pedagogy
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Submitted: Saturday, 31 July 2021, 5:02 PM
Modified: Saturday, 31 July 2021, 5:02 PM
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