LEARNING LANGUAGE: Japanese exchange students Judy, Emily, Charles and Nathan (middle) are living with College families and participating in all school work during their trip.
LEARNING LANGUAGE: Japanese exchange students Judy, Emily, Charles and Nathan (middle) are living with College families and participating in all school work during their trip. Emily Bradfield

International students deep dive into language and culture

FOUR Japanese students are spending their summer holidays in Dalby to experience English culture as part of an immersion program.

Meysen Japan students Judy, Emily, Nathan and Charles spent their first of four weeks at the Dalby Christian College this week.

Inoue Makoto, using the English name Charles, said he was excited to come to Australia, although he is finding the learning approach different to what he is used to.

"I want to develop my speaking and listening. In Japan we mostly do writing and reading but here I can work on my communication skills,” he said.

"In Japan the teacher only talks to us but here there is more discussion, I like it better,” he said.

The College's Meysen Japan program coordinator, Shelley Wieden, said the school had been participating in the program for four years, allowing the international students to experience life very different to home.

"We see it as a mission opportunity to welcome students from Meysen Japan to our school where we can show them love and hospitality while they study with us and stay with our families, embracing life and culture,” she said.

"Talking to the kids this morning and the two things they want to do while they're here is to see and hold a koala and make really good friends, so I think that's the two things that are on the top of their list.”


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