Language Tables

What is “Language Tables”?

Language Tables is a place where students from Osaka City University (OCU) / Osaka Prefecture University (OPU) / Osaka Metropolitan University (OMU) and students studying Japanese at our partner universities/colleges in the U.S. can interact internationally online and enjoy learning about various cultures using English and Japanese in a casual way.


What do students do at the Language Tables?

● Students from Japan and the U.S. talk casually about any topics.

● Students from Japan and the U.S. mutually support as Japanese / English conversation partners.

● OCU/OPU students can practice using English, while students from the U.S. can practice using Japanese, to improve their target language.

● Students engage in cross-cultural communication and learn about various cultures.

What reasons do students have for participating in the Language Tables?

For students at OCU/OPU/OMU, they…

● want to make international friends

● want to use English to improve their proficiency

● want to have an experience to volunteer

● want to improve communication skills

● are not confident speaking in English, but want to talk casually with overseas

● are shy, but want to change to be more active


For students studying Japanese, they …

● want to make international friends

● want to talk casually with students in Japan

● want to practice using Japanese to improve their proficiency

● want to improve communication skills


Student Voices from the U.S.

● I met people living on the other side of the world.

● It was an amazing experience!

● I learned more about Japanese culture and gained different perspectives.

● I improved my Japanese speaking proficiency.

● I realized how much more to learn to be able to speak fluent Japanese.

● OCU students helped students practice the dialogue check, which was great!

● I learned the importance of practicing Japanese with a partner.


Student Voices from Japan*

● I found that once I took the first step, I could get by surprisingly well!

● I was able to give a thesis presentation in English, which was my goal! I could challenge myself because I got a little more comfortable speaking English thanks to the Language Tables!

● I was hesitant because of my limited English ability, but I learned if I have passion, I can communicate in English!

● I was shy, but I became more active!

● It was interesting to learn about American culture, especially learning things I didn’t expect!

● I noticed many attractive things about my own country, Japan!

● I have come to like Japan. I wanted to know more about my own country, too!

● I had a lot of fun talking with students from other countries at the Language Tables, and it was a precious opportunity for me to interact with students from other countries.

● I am so glad I was given an opportunity to be a leader! I’m sure there were some things I did not do well, but even with those things and the mistakes I made, it was a very meaningful time, and I learned a lot!

● I can now talk to students in the U.S. like they are my friends!

*Translated by staff at OCU


Ongoing Language Tables

【2nd Language Tables – Spring Semester 2022】.

Program Period:

February 7, 2022 – May 13, 2022

May 20, 2022 USA / May 21, 2022 Japan  (Closing Session & Party)

Mon.-Fri. (Eastern Standard Time, USA)

Two sessions per day (30 minutes or 1 hour/session)


Partner Universities/Colleges in the U.S.:

・University at Buffalo – State University of New York (SUNY)

・Hunter College – City University of New York (CUNY)

・Lehman College – City University of New York (CUNY)

・Manhattan College


Number of Participating Students as of March 10, 2022:

OCU/OPU: 30 students (undergraduate and graduate students)

Weekly shift system

Students in the U.S.: 356 students*
* Participation in one session (30 minutes) counts as one person



【1st Language Tables – Fall Semester 2021】.

Program Period:

September 7, 2021 – December 10, 2021

December 17, 2021 USA / December 18, 2021 Japan (Closing Session & Party)

Mon.-Fri. (Eastern Standard Time, USA)

Two sessions per day (1 hour/session)


Participating Universities:

Osaka City University

University at Buffalo (UB) – State University of New York (USA)


Number of Participating Students:

OCU: 48 students (undergraduate and graduate students)

UB: 305 students (undergraduate students)


If you are interested in participating in our Language Tables
or have any questions, please contact us via email or contact form.




COIL Promotion Office, Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
Contact Form


* In April 2022, Osaka City University and Osaka Prefecture University merged into a new university―Osaka Metropolitan University (OMU), which has become the largest public university in Japan.