– Main objectives of the Virtual Exchange

  • Analyze American and Japanese media articles how they report a same news/event/issue and discuss the reasons why they report the way they did
  • Determine any cultural based expressions or the ways they report the same news/event/issue

– Targeted learning outcomes

  • Discuss the reasons of differences in media articles after analyzing a few media sources how they report a same news/event/issue in Japan and in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate understanding of intercultural communication by communicating with students whose cultural background is different from theirs as well as create a summary of discussion 


Partner / department Course Language of instruction Number of students
University of Maryland Baltimore County, United States/ Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication Japanese Language in Society English 26
Nanzan University, Japan / Department of British and American Studies

Start and end date

1 October 2019 – 26 October 2019


4 weeks


-0231 Language acquisition

Integration and assessment

  • Summary of the discussion
  • Communication proof
  • Submission of articles

Technology tools used

– Learning environment


– Collaboration tools

Skype, Zoom, Discord, Discussion board in CANVAS