The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) conducted 75 hours of Japanese Language Training Course (JLTC) for the 21st batch of JDS fellows in partnership with the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) on 19 June to 14 July 2023, 20 successful candidates who will earn their 2-year master’s degree from different university in Japan.

The JLTC helps the 21st batch of JDS departing fellows to adapt to the new environment in Japan by equipping them with basic Japanese language skills, such as reading and writing simple sentences using Hiragana and Katakana characters and engaging in simple conversations. The course was first conducted online from 19 June to 07 July 2023 using the Zoom platform for synchronous sessions and Google Classroom for asynchronous sessions, and then it shifted to in-class sessions from 10 to 14 July 2023 at the FSI Special Envoy Chan training room.

Ms. Bernadette S. Hieida, the language instructor, held the 75 training hours using a teaching approach that immersed the fellows in using the Japanese language in order to facilitate more effective learning. The class had simulations, and experiential activities to help the fellow apply and retain the basic language skills and knowledge of Japan.

JLTC 2023 Pre-Training Briefing with Program Manager Godfrey Anthony D. Bañares (first row, second tile) and sensei Hieida (first row, third tile)
The 21st Batch of JDS Fellows class photo with sensei Hieida.