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I want to thank all my teachers for their hard work, dedication, and patience.

Breann from Summer Short 2015

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

I found pair work, the textbook, and drill practice most helpful. I did not find the tests to be very helpful and thought there was a lot of deduction for minor mistakes. That aside, I found the teaching style and the professors to be very engaging and helpful. I am pleased with the level of professionalism each teacher brought to the classroom. I think KCP has an amazing and dedicated staff.

Where did you live?

Kasai (Azeria dorm)

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

Kasai is pretty far away from KCP, and the Tozai line is awful in the morning. My biggest complaint is the time it takes to get to and from school. Perhaps it would be easier if the dorm was right next to Kasai station, but the journey from the dorm to the station adds on another 15 to 20 minutes of travel time. However, I really enjoy my dorm itself. The manager, Shiraishi san, is welcoming and very helpful. He has thrown a rooftop party and has taken us to a local fireworks show in his free time. The kitchen staff is also very nice and welcoming. The food is excellent! And instead of resorting to English, they consistently speak to us in Japanese, which helps us develop our conversation skills. My room is also very nice, with a balcony and a tiny kitchen. I really enjoyed my stay at this dorm.

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

I strongly recommend KCP to students considering the program. The administrative and teaching staff are excellent and friendly. There is a good balance of English support and immersion, but prepare to study hard because the summer short program is (as the name suggests) pretty short.

Any other comments or suggestions?

I want to thank all my teachers for their hard work, dedication, and patience. I hope to be a teacher one day and I was happy to learn from their example. I also want to thank the KCP office staff for their assistance! They were always available and willing to help us with an array of problems and offer recommendations to make our stay better. I was often exasperated by my fellow students requests or complaints, but regardless of the situation, were always smiling and friendly.

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