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Learning Both Ways Coming To America, Going To Japan

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

International Collaborative Efforts

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8.811.1 - 8.811.9

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Wayne Sanders

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Session 2260

Learning Both Ways - Coming to America, Going to Japan

Yuko Ho shino, Kanazawa Institute of Technology Wayne Sanders, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


Each year for five years a group of Japanese students, along with one professor, from the Kanazawa Institute of Technology have been coming to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for intensive training in English. At Rose-Hulman, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, the emphasis is placed on teaching English, American culture, and engineering design. While exchange programs of this type are not unique, we have found that the inclusion of Rose-Hulman students to be the most enjoyable part of the program for the visitors.


The visiting students, usually about twelve, have a very busy schedule during their four- week stay in Terre Haute. In addition to their classroom activities, they shop at local shopping centers, eat at local restaurants, visit nearby cities such as Indianapolis and St. Louis, and take trips to local industries. The students and their visiting professor are accompanied on these trips by their Rose-Hulman host, classroom instructors, and Rose- Hulman students.

The inclusion of the Rose-Hulman students as counselors is the part of the program the visitors seem to enjoy the most. The counselors, usually one counselor for each 3-4 visitors, are constant companions for the length of the program. The Japanese students are surrounded by English speakers around the clock.

While at Rose-Hulman the students attend lectures on English, American Culture, and Engineering Design. Each group of 3-4 students is asked to design, build, test, and give an oral report in English on a project they select. We have found that such programs are beneficial for the visiting students as well as the counselors. Because of their positive experiences during the summer, some Japanese students have returned to the U.S. for further study. Also, some of the counselors have gone to Japan to study.

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Sanders, W. (2003, June), Learning Both Ways Coming To America, Going To Japan Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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