On Sunday, December 20th, a read-aloud event “Let’s play with languages! Reading multicultural and multilingual picture books aloud with KUFS students” was held in the Kyoto City Library’s Chuo (Central) Library.
KUFS students introduced how Christmas looks like around the world, read aloud picture books in English, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean, sang songs, and played games. The event was a success, with an audience of about 25 parents and children.
The event was organized to encourage students to share their language skills and knowledge about countries around the world with children, to inspire diverse and harmonious communities in the future. It is a part of a project that ties the community with higher education, launched by Professor Tomoko Nakayama of the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of French Studies and Professor Mami Yoshida of the Department of British and American Studies. Despite the various restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic this academic year, preparations were made remotely, leading them to successfully hold their event for the second time by enacting measures to prevent infection.
*This project is subsidized by the Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research “The Impact of Community-based Projects for University Students: Collaborative Action Research from a Plurilingual Perspective (20K00904)”