Under the framework topic "New technologies and social change" the participants in this course can, through the exchange with Dokkyô University, gain practical language experience and can thereby compare perspectives on social debates. Possible topics are, for example, social media, dealing with digital technologies in daily life, fake news, artificial intelligence or electromobility. Learning goals are the improvement of the self-learning competencies as well as the daily and specialized language skills and the intercultural competencies.    

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Course titleLanguage tandem with Dokkyo University
Course typeSeminar with online sessions
Degree program

Japanese Studies

LecturersProf. Dr. Matthew Königsberg, Marco Raindl
No. of participants18


  • Adobe Connect
  • LMS Blackboard


The students meet with the lecturers in an Adobe Connect web conference. There the splitting up into workgroups takes place with one respective student of the FU Berlin and one from Dokkyô University. In the workgroup the two learners can discuss their respective topic, they can collect work results on a whiteboard and can exchange files with each other. In the discussion the language competencies there is a two-way promotion of the language skills. Through the topic they chose the students get to know new, intercultural perspectives on socially relevant discourses. The educators can join the workgroup rooms of the students if there are any questions and can provide help then. At the end of the semester a presentation on the worked on topics takes place online.   

Added values

  • Acquisition of language competence with a high intercultural share
  • Collaborative work in a digital setting

Support offered by CeDiS

  • Consulting services for the implementation of digital solutions in teaching: The Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) has extensive experience of many years when it comes to the implementation of digital media and systems within the fields of teaching, learning and research. We offer a wide variety of consulting services on the implementation of these tools and systems within the entire academic scope and especially at Freie Universität Berlin. 
  • Training courses and workshops: For lecturers at Freie Universität Berlin (professors, employees, tutors) as well as lecturers of other universities CeDiS offers training courses and workshops on the topic of teaching and learning with digital media. These course enable participants to implement online elements within their own sphere of teaching.
  • The Executive Board of the Freie Universität supports e-learning initiatives: With the e-learning funding program financial resources are provided to lecturers that enrich and improve their courses quality-wise by implementing technological and media-related support. All of the academic staff teaching, the lecturers or even the institutions of the Freie Universität - without the Charité-Universitätsmedizin - can be supported within this program.


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