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Chaucer College continually explores ways in which our students may display their country and culture to the community.

We host College Open Days and Open Evenings of Japanese food and culture in aid of various local charities, which have included the John Graham Centre, a locally-based charity working with adults with learning disabilities, and the Kent homelessness charity Porchlight, amongst others. We also take part in the Folkestone Multi-Cultural Festival, the Will Adams Festival at Gillingham, and groups of our students visit a number of local primary schools.

Recent Events

Folkestone Multicultural Festival

July 14, 2016

The festival takes place every year in June and Chaucer College has been closely involved since it was launched in 2007. This year we offered the local community performances of the Soran Bushi, a dance showing the struggle of Japanese fishermen against the elements and Kendo, a martial art, with its dramatically dressed combatants. (more…)

Teacher Education School Observation Visits

March 4, 2016

Based at Chaucer College Canterbury, teacher trainees from Shumei University visited primary and secondary schools across the county, including Canterbury, Whitstable, Ashford, Godinton, Folkestone, Broadstairs and Cranbrook, to observe the English education system at work.  (more…)

Teacher Education four week course

February 18, 2016

This week our Canterbury campus welcomes 196 teacher trainees from Shumei University. On this specially designed four week course, they experience the education system in Britain by visiting schools in the UK and observing lessons. They also teach aspects of Japanese culture in the form of origami, calligraphy and language.In college, lessons are designed to target students’ productive and receptive language skills using communicative tasks and authentic materials. With a focus on Education, students also examine British school textbooks, learn new vocabulary and find out about the British education system. We encourage students to find out about life in a British University and to actively use their English in real world situations. (more…)

Graduation Ceremony 2015

September 21, 2015

Today Chaucer College Canterbury held its Graduation Ceremony to mark the end of the five month Shumei University programme. Guests at the ceremony included the Lord Mayor of Canterbury and Lady Lynn Melville, always strong supporters of the College. The students were awarded graduation certificates to mark their successful completion of the course and the ceremony was followed by a special farewell lunch. We wish the students all the very best of the luck for the future.

 

Service of Reconciliation

August 16, 2015

At Canterbury Cathedral, veterans were joined by many Japanese and British promoters of reconciliation for the dedicated Evensong service, which has been held annually since 2005.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, sent a message to the service of friendship and reconciliation. Shumei University was represented by Vice Chancellor of Chaucer College Prof.Yoshikawa. A traditional peace chain of 1,000 origami cranes, made by a group of Chaucer College students, was placed on a cherry blossom tree outside the Cathedral.

Taiko Drum Performance

July 29, 2015

Hibiki, the Japanese Taiko drum troupe, appeared at Chaucer College on their way to their debut at the Edinburgh Festival. Their stunning performance included both traditional and contemporary pieces and a requiem created in response to the March 11th 2011 disaster in Eastern Japan. The Vice Chancellor of the College, Prof. Yoshikawa was very happy to welcome the Deputy Chief of Mission from the Japanese Embassy, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, the Chairman of Kent County as well as representatives of the Mothers’Union, local schools and charities , and other friends of the College.

Whitstable Oyster Festival

July 25, 2015

Chaucer College’s contribution to this annual event included two performances by students at Whitstable Harbour: the traditional Fisherman’s Dance, showing the tough daily struggle of Japanese fishermen against the sea and a rousing Taiko drum performance. Both were well received by the audience, which included visitors and local people, as well as Chaucer College homestay families.

International Cultural Exchange

July 17, 2015

In a new development for Chaucer College, our Japanese students are now regularly spending time both in and outside the classroom communicating with students from other countries and cultures. Communication activities take place in the morning and in the evening there are lively events such as learning ‘salsa’ or traditional English barn dances and learning or teaching Taiko and origami.Lots of opportunity to communicate in English and very rewarding for everyone! (more…)

International Barn Dance

Shumei Univesity students had the chance to enjoy themselves and practise their English at a traditional Barn Dance and barbecue on Thursday night. Lots of fun and lots of English!

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Folkestone Multicultural Festival

June 21, 2015

The festival takes place every year in June and Chaucer College has been closely involved since it was launched in 2007. This year we offered the local community performances of the Soran Bushi, a dance showing the struggle of Japanese fishermen against the elements and Kendo, a martial art, with its dramatically dressed combatants.There was an opportunity to experience traditional skills such as calligraphy and origami, both of which proved very popular. The people of Folkestone were very appreciative of the hard work put in by our students and the students had lots of opportunity to practise their English. (more…)