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Tatsuya Iizuka

 

 

 

What is the most fun thing or best memory during this stay?

 

My best memory is riding a horse. I went to Kentucky horse park and rode a horse. In Japan, we can ride a horse in a farm but an instructor leads the horse. In the U.S, we can ride a horse and operate by myself. I kicked my horse and ran fast. It was so exciting. I want to ride a horse again..

 

What was something that surprised you during the stay?

 

Everything is very big in the U.S. Food is big. Store is big. And people are big. The most surprising thing is cup for drink in the school restaurant. The cup is very big for Japanese. We don’t drink so much. People in the U.S drink full of the cup. It was unbelievable for me. But now I got used to drink with the cup.

 

What have you gained from this program?

 

I major in English education, so I joined this program to learn English. I had an opportunity to talk with people. I didn’t have confidence to use English when I talk with English speakers, but I could communicate with them in English. So I gained confidence. And also gained my goal. I want to talk about many things with many people in English, so I’m going to practice pronunciation and speaking after I come back to Japan. This program changed me.

 

What do you think about schools in the U.S? What did you do there? Same parts or different parts from one in Japan?

 

I went to elementary schools three times. I observed the school and gave presentation about Japanese educational system and Japanese culture. I thought students in the U.S were more active to study in the class than students in Japan because the class is more interesting in the U.S. In the U.S, Students can use a computer and teacher use a screen to show answers. In Japan, we don’t often use them. I think we should introduce them in Japan.

 

What do you think about a college in the U.S?

 

In this program, I went to NKU and took English class and some classes. I was surprised that the campus is very huge and there are many buildings. In Japan, most universities are not huge. In the U.S, students can communicate with teachers easier than in Japan because there are many teachers and classes are smaller than one in Japan. And students can change their major whatever they want. But in Japan, it is difficult. The university in the U.S is attractive for me.

Mitsuro Otsuka

 

What is the most fun thing or best memory during this stay?

 

It is homestay. I have never experienced all English life. So I enjoyed communication with my host family and learned American culture.

 

What was something that surprised you during the stay?

 

I was surprised at American food and people. American food is very big compared to Japanese one. And American people are so friendly and kind.

 

What have you gained from this program?

 

Through this program, I gained the will to study English more. It was difficult to communicate with someone in English. So, I have to study English and I want to speak English fluently.

 

What do you think about schools in the U.S? What did you do there? Same parts or different parts from one in Japan?

 

I think American school’s classes are smaller than Japanese one. So, students can ask more questions to their teachers.

 

What do you think about a college in the U.S?

 

I think there are many mechanicals in American college. And American college student s can change their courses. So they can learn with their suitable studying.

Naruaki Asano

 

What is the most fun thing or best memory during this stay?

 

Homestay. Mu homestay was really sporty homestay. I did a lot of sports and activities with my host family. I went to water skiing, riding on Segway, canoe trip and some other activities for the first time. They were really fun.

 

What was something that surprised you during the stay?

 

Most Japanese people are shy like me, but American people are very friendly. Even bus drivers talked to us and made a little conversation. I felt very happy when they talked to us. In Japan, most bus drivers are strict and they hardly talk with us.

 

What have you gained from this program?

 

I could improve my English skill. At first, I had trouble making a conversation with clerks or someone. But I got accustomed to listening to them and I could make a little conversation with them. And, I learned about what American culture and American educational systems are like through our presentation at American elementary schools.

 

What do you think about schools in the U.S? What did you do there? Same parts or different parts from one in Japan?

 

I thought teachers were much closer to students in America than in Japan. It’s very good for students because they can feel free to ask teachers their questions. When we visited an American elementary school, we gave a presentation about Japanese culture and Japanese educational systems. After the presentation, we had time for students to ask us questions about Japan. At that time, a lot of students raised their hand and asked us a lot of questions about Japan. So Japanese people including me should have more confident like them.

 

What do you think about a college in the U.S?

 

I heard that a college students could change their major easily in the U.S. In Japan, we can’t change our major easily. I don’t know why these differences are, but the fact that we can change our major in the U.S is really good because we can learn what we really need.

Students from Gifu University visited NKU

 

 

Students from Gifu University visited Northern Kentucky University on an exchange program.

They arrived on the 23rd of August 2015. These students had been staying in the Tristate for three weeks.

 

They studied English at NKU visited schools in this area to have presentation about Japan for school kids. They also visited experienced American culture through visiting landmarks and homestay.

 

Three students from Gifu, Mitsuro Otsuka, Tatsuya Izuka and Naruaki Asano thankfuly made blog posts about ther staying.