Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus start newspaper course

Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus start newspaper course

On April 16, at the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara, students discussed articles that they were interested in.


April 17 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 16, at the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara, the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper and the university’s Faculty of Education cooperated to start delivering a newspaper course. The course aims to teach students the role and structure of newspapers by introducing examples of NIE (Newspapers in Education) to students who hope to become teachers.
Twenty students took the course, studying about the dissemination of the concept of NIE.

Hitoshi Fukuhara, the new deputy chief editorial writer, will deliver the course in the first semester.

Fukuhara told the students that there is a correlation between interest in news and academic achievement and that people enhance their reading capacity by reading newspapers. He explained that schools in Okinawa deliver a range of courses that take advantage of newspapers in accordance with NIE policies within the new curriculum guidelines.

Working in groups, students discussed articles that they were interested in.
Senior student Chihiro Furutani said, “I think that just reading the headlines gave us topics for conversation, and just five minutes of reading an article stimulated interest in society in all sorts of ways. From now, I want to read newspapers every day.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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