The pair work and textbooks were really helpful.

Christopher from Summer Short 2014

Which events or activities did you find the most satisfying and why?

I enjoyed visiting the Diet Building because I was able to see inside where the House of Councilors resides. I also enjoyed going to the Sakura Gates near the Diet Building and learning some about its historical relevance.

What were the most productive and interesting aspects of the program for you? The least interesting and productive?

The most productive and challenging aspects of the program was interacting with different races of people in the classroom using only Japanese.

What activities or materials did you find most helpful (e.g., pair work, drill practice, tests, small group sessions, textbooks, games)?

The pair work and textbooks were really helpful especially the English translation of the Minna no Nihongo. I used that textbook extensively during my studies.

Where did you reside over the course of this program?


Where did you live?


Were you pleased with the general living arrangements? Anything you especially liked? Any problems you experienced?

I really liked the living arrangements at Kasai dorms. They were spacious, I had my own bathroom, and it was very private. The dorm managers were extremely nice and cooked excellent dinners. I would recommend anyone to stay in the dorms.

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Going to class every day, and the workload, gave me a sense of what living in Japan would be like. I was able to learn Japanese daily, as well as have enough time in the day to study and explore the country.

—Shannon Lynch