KCP students in a tea ceremony activity.

Q & A of KCP Teachers, a 4-Part Series

We have hundreds of reviews by KCP students about the program, staff, and what it’s like living in Japan. Now we present to you the views of KCP teachers as they answer questions about the students, the program, and more. Here’s Part 1. Read on!

How did you grow as a person by working at KCP?

  • Each student has their own personality, and it changes constantly. I need to adjust my teaching method and topics to better pique the interest of students. This helps me develop my skills as an educator. As a person, I learned a lot of things from my students, such as the challenge of facing each individual student, rewards from teaching, learning about their country and its current news and events that I cannot read from books.
  • Seeing students from overseas study Japanese here in Japan influenced me to try new things.
  • I learned about teaching methods, the ways of understanding foreign people, and how to present myself in public.
  • My perceptions broadened by communicating with students from various backgrounds, and this allowed me to have a more diverse and positive way of thinking.
  • I am now able to support students when they need help.

KCP students class picture.

KCP Flickr

What was the best thing about working at KCP?

  • I have been exposed to diverse cultures and way of thinking.
  • I see first-hand how my students improve their Japanese skills and at the same time feel some sense of fulfillment knowing I contributed in their learning process.
  • My experiences with KCP made my views of the world grow bigger and realized there were other cultures and history of other races to learn and understand.
  • By teaching students from many other parts of the world, I am also able to learn from them.
  • Not only students, but also teachers can grow as a person.
  • I feel proud seeing the students graduate, knowing I contributed to their achievement.
  • When my students pass the entrance exams of schools.
  • When my former students visit me time to time.
  • When my students open up about their own life.

What was the most impressive extracurricular activity/activities that you participated in? 

  • Sports festival in Yajima.
  • Bus trip, especially the Yamagata trip was great because the weather was good and we experienced its nature and culture.
  • It was very impressive to see that some students who were normally not that proactive open up and become helpful at a BBQ event and then they become very popular and since then participate more in classes.
  • Climbing Mt. Fuji twice.
  • Sports Day.
  • Making Japanese glass chimes.
  • I was proud to see my students overcome their differences at a speech contest. This made their bond stronger and they eventually became a real team.

KCP student in KCP's speech contest.

Summer 2017 Speech Contest. | KCP Flickr

Describe “KCP” in three words.

  • Kindness, creative, pure
  • Love, passion, persistence (in other words, everyone is passionate.)
  • Bond, achievement, toughness
  • Loyalty, endurance, nobleness
  • Cooperation, harmony, persistence
  • Big student body, multi-culture, school-like
  • Growth, change, study
  • Diversity, flexibility, persistence
  • Youth, passion, hope
  • k-knowledge, c-co-existence, p=peace

Why do you think that language education becomes more important when students participate in foreign programs?

  • It is a great tool to communicate with people from different countries and understand their culture.
  • Traveling to a particular country does not give you enough time to appreciate the value of its culture and traditions. Studying the language will lead us to understand the deeper perspectives of the people. It also can be a door to know the outside world.
  • In the modern era of globalization, the opportunities to communicate with people from all over the world will increase and foreign languages will be necessary.
  • Because we are able to know values and perspectives of the native speakers of the country through language learning.
  • It’s a basic communication tool that opens doors.

Stay tuned for Part 2!