The most productive aspect of the program is definitely the teachers.

Jemeene from 2013

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

I felt that the bus trip was the most satisfying activity. It gave students the chance to go to places that they may not have previously been aware of or may have had a difficult time finding. I think it may have also helped students to form friendships at the beginning stages of the program. I made friends on the trip that I now talk to everyday.

Why did you select this program?

I had not only heard positive reviews about the program, but KCP's summer short program was one of the only programs that would not interfere with my studies at my home university. I was able to study abroad without having to delay my graduation.

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

The most productive aspect of the program is definitely the amazing teachers. I truly feel that all of the teachers have a genuine desire to help students excel in class. As I think KCP does a great job of integrating all of its in-class and out-of-class activities into helping the students grow in some capacity, I cannot actually think of any unproductive or uninteresting aspects of the program.

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

In class, I felt that the most helpful technique for improving my speaking skills was pair work. Teachers usually allot students more time than is necessary for students to answer questions in the book with a partner. I always used that extra time to both use the grammar that we have practiced in class and to find out more about my partner.

Where did you live?

Azeria Kasai II

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

I was very pleased with my dorm. The dorm managers are so kind and helpful. And it's also just nice to have your own private room and bathroom. I did not experience any problems.

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

For those considering the program, I would definitely encourage them to attend KCP. I made so many friends and noticeably improved all areas of my Japanese studies due to KCP's amazing teachers. Thanks to the administrative staff, I felt safe knowing that I could ask them for help with any problems I had in any aspect of my life in Japan. For new KCP students, I would advise them not to worry about anything. The teachers and staff all care about the growth of their students, as well as their well-being and safety in Japan.

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It was a very convenient program length/dates and the cost was one of the best I’d ever seen.

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