Brief: Host families needed for visitors

Area families can befriend Asian and European college students this summer
- and at the same time gain a better understanding of the cultures of the
students' countries - without going abroad.

The UI Intensive English Institute invites people to host one or more
Japanese or German students who will study English this summer in special
programs. The Japanese students will attend three-, four- or five-week
sessions between July 23 and Aug. 27. German students will be on campus
July 12 to Aug. 17.

In Japan, the students attend universities in Kanagawa, Kobe, Nagoya and
Osaka. The German students come from all over what was East Germany.

Host families are encouraged to invite the students, who will live in
university residence halls, into their homes for get-togethers and at least
one overnight stay, said Tom Gould, associate director of the institute.
Host families also could include the students on casual outings - shopping,
swimming or concert-going.

"Visiting a home and taking part in family activities gives the students a
chance to learn more about the American family and its home life," Gould
said. "It also gives them an opportunity to converse in English in a
natural setting."

Host families, in turn, learn about the students' cultures.

The Intensive English Institute also holds programs year-round for
international students. This semester, students from 26 countries are

More information is available from Diane Eagle or Anna Kasten at the
Intensive English Institute, 333-6598 or 244-6573. The institute is a
unit of the UI Division of English as an International Language.

UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1994/06-03-94