Introduction to the Institute of Foreign Language Education
The Institute of Foreign Language Education was established in 1993 in order to guide the direction of foreign language education at Kurume University. The Institute is an autonomous research center, which works in close cooperation with the five faculties of the University. The Institute has six educational divisions: English, German, French/Latin, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese as a Foreign Language.
In addition to overseeing the regular academic classes, the Institute holds a number of Saturday seminars for the students on a variety of subjects, and offers Adult Education Language Classes and a public lectures series as a part of the Kurume University extension program. Every year members of the Institute faculty are encouraged to write articles concerning their latest research projects, which are published in the Foreign Language Institute Journal, published each Spring. The Institute also puts out two annual newsletters, the Institute of Foreign Languages Education Newsletter with current information about the Institute, and the Language Laboratory Newsletter, with information on language study.
Mission Statement of Our Institute
The Institute of Foreign Language Education aims to provide language education to students in order that they will be able to contribute to the promotion of peaceful and mutual development of both global and local communities.
For that purpose, we hold in high regard the development of the following qualities in our students:
1. The ability to make use of language as a tool for communication so that they can become active, self-reliant participants on the world stage.
2. A respect for, and deeper understanding of, various cultures and a heightened awareness of their local cultures.
3. The fundamentals for self-development, self-actualization, and cooperation with a wide variety of people through life-long learning.
In order to achieve the above, our staff is dedicated to studying current developments in language, culture, language education, and to responding to an ever-changing world.
In April 1996 the Institute moved to its new home in the newly completed Mii Media Center. Our modern building is replete the latest in multimedia learning facilities.
In addition to the classrooms, the new building also contains a state-of-the-art Self Study Room which students may freely make use of. The self-study room contains audio, video equipment and personal computers for language and culture study.
Many of the classes at the Institute are taught by native speakers of the respective languages to help students acquire the ability to communicate in foreign languages. We are proud of our highly qualified international staff.
The Institute's overall goal is to educate young leaders of the 21st century to have a respect for and understanding of people of other countries, and at the same time, to be able to communicate effectively with people of the world.