YNU-Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School Joint Workshop on Multicultural Symbiotic


The 2016 Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School DST Project aimed to 1) promote empowerment for those who do not speak Japanese as their first language by giving them opportunities to describe their daily lives or express their thoughts and feelings in Japanese; and 2) create opportunities for YNU students to be involved with the community through supporting junior high school students from foreign backgrounds.


A total of ten students at Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School participated in this project. Five Japanese and eleven international students from Yokohama National University also participated in the project as supporters. The project was planned and conducted by one Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School faculty member, seven Yokohama National University faculty members, and one DST Study Working Group member.


The following four sessions were conducted.


Students and faculty members received information on Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School and learned the procedures for the project. Each created their DST.

Day1 at Yokohama Yoshida

After self-introductions and ice-breaking activities, students watched two sample DSTs. Then, each student chose a topic that interested them and created a rough storyline for their DST.

Day2 at Yokohama Yoshida

Each student brought photos that described their story and created detailed storyboards for their DST. After finishing writing their scripts, students recorded their narration on an iPad or MP3 recorder.

Day3 at Yokohama Yoshida

Using Movie Maker (for PC) or iMovie (for iPad), students created their DST (short film). In the end, students, supporters, faculty members at YNU and Yokohama Yoshida Junior High school, and the students’ parents watched all of the students’ DSTs and shared their comments.


All ten students with foreign backgrounds created their DST movie. The themes were “my favorite thing,” “my favorite place,” “my day,” “my family,” “yesterday’s dinner,” and “my elementary school memory,” Each movie featured students’ stories and memories. The young students seemed to enjoy interacting with the college students through the project.

A Kokusai-Kyoshitsu (International Classroom) faculty member at Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School commented , “Through this project, students were able to complete making their DST with help from the college students, and it was meaningful to the students who appear to have trouble expressing themselves or do not have self-confidence in speaking in public.”

College students who worked as supporters enjoyed interacting with the junior high school students with foreign backgrounds. They learned how these students go about their daily lives and, how they acquire the Japanese language, as well as experienced the importance of community activities.

After the DST project, 10 DSTs movies were shown to all the students in the second year at Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School, and the students were given opportunities to talk about themselves with photos and pictures in class. This activity was carried out as a Tabunka-Kyosei (multicultural symbiosis) activity.


Our first DST project commenced successfully, but there remain factors that can be improved. In future projects, we may be able to take different approaches by implementing the project with Japanese students or in foreign students’ first languages. We also plan to work with the Tabunka-Kyosei (multicultural symbiosis) activity more closely for better collaboration.


Project Members

  • Chiemi Hanzawa (Project Leader: International Strategy Organization, Division of Japanese Language Education)
  • Makiko Higuchi (Project Coordinator: International Strategy Organization)
  • Mayumi Yabe, Noriko Nagamine, Yoko Nishiyama, Aya Terao (International Strategy Organization), Yukie Takegata (Education)
  • Shuichi Suma (Member of Study Group Working on Digital Storytelling)

Yokohama Yoshida Faculty Member

  • Michiyo Kumata (Kokusai Kyoshitsu (International Classroom) Faculty Member)