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Host families sought for Japanese summer visitors

Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
(217) 333-2177;


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Intensive English Institute is hoping to recruit dozens of friendly people who are willing to host friendly visiting Japanese college students in Champaign-Urbana this summer.

Japanese students from five universities – Aichi Gakuin (Nagoya), Dokkyo and Senshu (Tokyo), Kinki (Osaka) and Konan (Kobe) – will be staying on the UI campus for three or four weeks in August while they study English at the UI institute
Hosts, either families, couples or single people, are needed to spend a few hours a week with one or more of the students, so that the students can meet people outside the classroom and practice their English while sharing common, everyday activities such as meals, shopping and entertainment – sports or movies
In the past, hosts have said that they greatly enjoy spending time with the students and that the experience allows them to learn more about Japan and Japanese lifestyles.

Anyone interested in being a host should call Anna Kasten at the Intensive English Institute at (217) 333-6598.