Ruth P. Wilson, Professor and Chair of African-American Studies, San Jose State University
Yasue Yanai, Assistant Professor, Department of World Language and Literatures,San Jose State University
Katsunori Takeuchi, Professor of American Literature, Faculty of Law, Economics and Humanities, Kagoshima University (Japan)
Mark Adams, San Jose State University instructional designer for COIL courses, and Project Director of the Pakistan Distance Education Enhancement Grant with the US State Department.

Summary: During fall 2012, San Jose State University initiated two COIL courses with Japanese Universities: one with Kagoshima University and one with Kwansei Gakuin University. This presentation summarizes how we used technologies, the strengths of our international collaborators, and our instructional designer to create a dynamic linguistic and intercultural experience in the classroom for students in Japan and California. We share our experiences of how the students moved from cautious to enthusiastic as they crossed global bridges and embraced the COIL experience.

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