If you're looking for an intensive course, then KCP is the place to go!

Aleya from 2012

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

I really enjoyed the Sports Event, as I had always dreamed of going to High School in Japan but could not - this was just as good! It was a lot of fun and amazing to see all the school competing together.

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

I think that having classes with people who couldn't speak English all the way from Level 1 is really good, it means that you HAVE to use Japanese in order to communicate, which in turn makes you more confident using it outside the classroom. I've made some very close friends who I hope to keep in touch with in our constantly improving Japanese language skills. The least productive thing for me was that when I chose to live in the dorm with other students, everyone in my dorm were English-speakers. I had hoped that there would be a mix of us because as soon as class finished and we came home, people immediately fell back on speaking in English and had no interest in speaking in Japanese. This lessened the amount of practise I could have had.

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

Kato-sensei's sessions are really useful, I really believe a lot of the credit for my good test results mainly go to her. The regular tests meant that you had to constantly work hard, which is exactly what I paid to do! Even though it was difficult sometimes, I was always glad they were frequent enough that I couldn't let myself slack off.

What did you find most valuable in the Culture Course?

I really enjoyed the Kamakura trip. Visiting the places we went to and staying in a traditional inn is something I never would have done if not for KCP.

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

If you're looking for an intensive course, then KCP is the place to go! Although it was hard work, it was also a lot of fun and I'm very pleased with my current language skill - and I've only just finished Level 1! Going out with the class for a final dinner really showed me how much we'd learnt as we had no problems in conveying our feelings even though our only common language was Japanese. I'd come back in a heartbeat.

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Choosing KCP was largely to do with the ease of application. A lot of other summer courses required a lot of paperwork and recommendations and transcripts that are a big pain to gather. But KCP’s application process was very easy and self-explanatory! Also, the student life photos looked interesting!

—Sabrina Greene