Japanese Visitors Share Culture Fifteen Women Practice English, Help with Chores at Seton Hill

By Smykla, Margaret | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), August 7, 2014 | Go to article overview

Japanese Visitors Share Culture Fifteen Women Practice English, Help with Chores at Seton Hill


Smykla, Margaret, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Apryl McKinzie was thrilled to learn that for the second consecutive summer, Seton Hill University was hosting 15 women students from Japan.

She is activities director and volunteer manager at Caritas Christi, the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, which is on the campus.

The Nanzan Junior College-Seton Hill University Short Study Abroad Program enables the students to hone their English speaking and writing skills while providing services to the Sisters through activities like cleaning, gardening, laundry and helping in the kitchen.

They also participate in conversations, group songs and storytelling with retired Sisters, which further enhances their language skills.

"I couldn't wait for them to return; they bring life, culture and wonderfulness to the resident Sisters and residents," Ms. McKinzie said.

The students and two chaperones are here through Sunday, living in a residence hall on campus.

"The key goals are to help our students to gain greater cultural sensitivity and ability to communicate with people of different cultures," chaperone Aya Kawakami said.

She is an associate instructor in the English Department of the Nanzan Junior College Division, the liaison to Seton Hill and the English as a Second Language coordinator for the program.

"These students are all English majors and so the improvement in their language skills, particularly their listening skills, is a wonderful outcome of this program," she said.

Terrance DePasquale, the university's associate provost, said Seton Hill's relationship with Nanzan Junior College began as a faculty exchange more than 25 years ago built on a common mission. …

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