Greetings from the Dean



The Faculty of Languages and Cultures (FLC) was inaugurated on April 1, 2000. Since October 1, 2006, it has consisted of two departments, the Department of Linguistic Environment and the Department of Multicultural Society. The former is comprised of the subdivisions Language Education and Linguistic Information, while the latter is comprised of the subdivisions International Symbiosis and International Culture. On April 1, 2014, International Education was established, which is a project-oriented research department.

The FLC was formerly called the Department of Languages and Culture. On April 1, 1988, it separated from the College of General Education, and its faculty became responsible for implementing education in languages and cultures.

The FLC pursues a wide range of research, including applied linguistics, second-language acquisition, historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonology, pragmatics, intercultural communication, dialectics, discourse, local culture, medieval history of the Western world, media studies, international cooperation and development, literary studies, film studies, and gender studies. You can find out about the faculty members’ research activities by clicking on Academic Staff.

Needless to say, as a research organization, the FLC has a duty to produce outstanding research. However, at the same time, it places the utmost importance on providing education in languages and cultures at the level of basic education.

The full-time staff of the FLC is responsible for providing language education in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Korean. Our goals are to provide education in languages and cultures and to foster truly

One of the FLC’s particularly notable developments occurred in 2014: the introduction of a new curriculum for academic and technical English called Q-Leap. (To find out what this acronym stands for, check out “Academic and technical English learning program Q-Leap” on the university’s website!) “Leap” also has a double meaning; it expresses the hope that every student at Kyushu University will make a bold leap from the university into the global society.

The research products brought in by the FLC staff are

Kyushu University is now putting the final touches on its plan to establish the International Education Department (tentative name) as part of its globalization strategy. We at the FLC are participating in this plan, and students who enroll in this new department will receive our reservoirs of research and education, as well as fresh findings in multiple languages and cultures.

Thus, the FLC is continuing to achieve great results as a research organization. At the same time, it is tackling the tough challenge of promoting effective, basic education as the faculty responsible for education in languages and cultures—while simultaneously pouring energy into graduate education.

The FLC staff members are determined to squarely tackle this challenge by further developing their research skills and engaging in collaborative efforts. I request the understanding and support all of you, both in and outside the faculty.

Keita Fukumoto, Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Cultures

April 2016