On Sunday, October 31st, a read-aloud event “Let’s play with languages on Halloween! Reading multicultural and multilingual picture books aloud with KUFS students” was held at the Kyoto City Chuo Library.
The students conducted various multilingual activities (English, French, Chinese, Russian and Korean)—reading aloud picture books, playing games with a Halloween theme, and introduced the audience to different cultures around the world. The event was held twice this year, one with preschoolers and the other with elementary school children, both of which were fully booked. Both sessions ended with great success with over 30 participants.
The event is a part of a project that began in 2019 that enables KUFS students to apply their academic knowledge in local communities. The project aims to build friendships in order to coexist in a multicultural society by allowing KUFS students to share what they’ve learned about languages and various cultures to small children who will bear the next generation. This time, the event was organized and prepared both in-person and remotely by Professor Tomoko Nakayama of the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of French Studies, Professor Mami Yoshida of the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of British and American Studies, Associate Professor Noriko Shimamura of the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of Chinese Studies and student volunteers. The event for the third time around was conducted by practicing infection prevention measures.