Welcome to AKP! AKP students are automatically enrolled in the 日本語チャレンジProgramin which you try to speak Japanese as much as possible! It requires quite a bit of patience and effort, but will be good practice and will remarkably improve your fluency. Here are the basic rules of this program for the 2018 fall semester.
1. You try to speak in Japanese as much as possible.
・ You try to speak only in Japanese while you are on the Doshisha campus; that is, in Japanese classes, before and after Japanese/elective classes, and during breaks and lunchtime.
・ You try to speak only in Japanese while you are off campus; that is, with your host family, your friends, store clerks, and anyone else you meet off campus.
2. You are temporarily exempt from日本語チャレンジin situations where you are expected to speak in English or another foreign language. For example,
・ during your elective courses conducted in English (including discussions with your peers regarding course matters outside of the classroom when necessary);
・ when participating in activities where English or another foreign language is used as the primary language of communication;
・ when talking to people who don’t have a command of Japanese.
3. When you are talking to the RD, office staff or a Japanese teacher about a complicated matter, you might feel it is too difficult to speak only in Japanese. In that case, please ask 「英語で話してもいいですか？」(May I speak in English?) before you switch to English.
4. You will keep a record of your effort every day by filling in the form provided in Japanese class. Japanese teachers will keep a record as well.
5. 日本語チャレンジruns on the honor system, based on your self-reporting. Your efforts will be acknowledged periodically.
6. Your AKP friends, and other people, might talk to you in English, but you should stick to responding in Japanese. The more everyone gets involved, the more awesome you will become.
Speaking only in Japanese is not easy, and is oftentimes quite frustrating. However, it will definitely reduce your reticence to speaking up in Japanese. Sometimes students even come up with interesting Japanese phrases by doing so. We hope you will enjoy the challenge and improve your fluency daily!