As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the second Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. The guest for October is Melissa Ishio, who is an active volunteer with Tsukuba International School (TIS), among other things. As October is designated by Ibaraki Prefecture as "International Exchange Month", the related topic of international education will be the theme of this month's discussion.
Since her arrival in Tsukuba almost 2 years ago, Melissa has been serving on the Board of Advisors and the Executive Committee of Tsukuba International School. She will present an overview of TIS and address some of the concerns faced by the international community and the city of Tsukuba regarding English-language based education.
All who have an interest in the international school and the internationalization of education in general are encouraged to attend.
The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with the stimulating conversation.
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