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I never felt like language class time was spent unproductively.

Joseph from Winter 2013

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

The Kamakura trip. It was a beautiful and interesting place and a fun experience.

What were your goals in attending the KCP program?

Academically, to reach a point in my proficiency that would allow me to continue studying and learning on my own upon my return. Personally, to experience Japan and to meet and converse with Japanese people.

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

When I arrived at KCP I was one of five or so American-speaking students in a classroom filled with Korean and Chinese students with whom I could not communicate at all. Getting to know those people through a shared language while I learned it along side them was an incredibly satisfying experience. I never felt like language class time was spent unproductively.

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

I honestly can't say. I found in-class conversations the most *enjoyable*, certainly, but I think that every exercise contributed substantially to my learning.

What did you find most valuable in the Culture Course?

I especially enjoyed the lecture by the older gentleman whose name I can't recall, from one of the very first sessions. The trip to Kamakura was also especially enjoyable.

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

Overall I think the accommodations were more than acceptable. The convenience of the location was a big plus.

Any further thoughts or tips for those considering the program or new KCP students?

Do it. The faculty and staff are honestly amazing in every respect. It's the most fun I've ever had and I've learned a lot. It goes fast, and your schedule is packed during the term. Make sure you start planning early to exploit every second of free time to experience Japan while you have the chance. In particular, your few long weekends will likely be your only chance to leave Tokyo (to see, for instance, Kyoto, Hokkaido, etc) especially if you are in the culture class.

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KCP is a wonderful program for those looking to, 1) see their Japanese abilities exponentially grow, and 2) to experience the culture hands-on. It’s also a program for those who don’t simply seek to party either. The program’s rigorous and demands attention to your school work, health, and managing time in between. Basically, you live, eat, and breathe a Japanese lifestyle. It’s great.

—Valerie Taylor