チャールストン大学の（英語）語学学校では、グループ短期留学プログラム（Short-Term Program = STP）を開催しています。STPでは、チャーレストン、またアメリカ南部の歴史、建築、技術開発等、それぞれのグループの希望するテーマに沿ったカスタム語学習得プログラムを提供しております。
2018年の3月には、日本の東京にある創価大学から10名の学生が3週間参加してくださいました。以前、創価大学とチャールストン大学の間には交流協定がありました。それを回生すべく、チャールストン大学Continuing and Professional Educationのダイレクターであるアリス・ハミルトンと創価大学の代表がNAFSAで話をし、こうしてSTPを開催する運びとなりました。
American Food – Strange and Tasty!
Food is a subject that all of use enjoy talking about. Food can remind us of good times and bad times. It brings us together. Sharing a meal with someone means that you like them and want to spend time with them. Everyone has to eat!
Depending on where you are from, American food can seem strange and even frightening. Here are some of the things we think you should try and some others that you should avoid if you come to school here in South Carolina.
Try the Local Charleston Flavors
When people ask us what our favorite foods here are, many answer “oysters”. South Carolina’s oysters are the best food that some of us have ever eaten! Oysters don’t look like they would be good to eat; they look like sea shells. But when you break them open with a knife, what is inside is delicious! Oysters here are served raw (uncooked) or they are steamed (cooked). People put sauces on the oysters. These sauces can be spicy or sweet. Sometimes people add lemon juice and horseradish too. Don’t be afraid- try them!
Barbecue in South Carolina is delicious and there are famous restaurants in Charleston that serve it. People travel from all over the US to eat barbecue beef and pork here. The meat is roasted for hours (sometimes days) so that it is tender and tastes like the wood it is cooked on. Do not pass up an opportunity to taste this amazing food!
If you are ever at a park that has a “funnel cake” stand do not pass it by! Funnel cake is not a cake, but a dough that has been fried and then sprinkled with sugar and sometimes even dipped in chocolate. It will make you smile, we promise.
The STP offers a language-based cultural exchange, where students are integrated into the regular English proficiency program, sharing dorm suites with American students, and participating in a variety of cultural outings. The program curriculum is adapted to the group’s interests, with themes including Charleston history, Southern US history, Charleston architecture, and engineering.
In March 2018, a group of students from Soka University in Tokyo, Japan, participated in the STP program.
Soka University previously held an exchange agreement with the College of Charleston, and were interested in re-establishing a relationship. Alice Hamilton, Director of the CofC Center for Continuing and Professional Education, connected with Soka University representatives several years ago at the NAFSA (Association of International Educators) conference, and in 2017, met to discuss forming a short-term cultural exchange.
Soka University ultimately sent 10 students to Charleston, to attend the two-week program.
Naomi Miura was one of the Soka students selected to participate in the STP. In an interview with ELI Short-Term Program Coordinator Akari Ueoka, she described her experiences, and her recommendations for future participants:
Deciding to study in a foreign country is a big decision. We think it takes a lot of courage. It’s not easy moving away from home, especially to another country where the language and culture may be very different.
Whether your English is perfect or not, there are still many challenges that you will face your first year here. We understand this because all of us have been where you are, (or will be).
We hope that our advice will help you to be better prepared!
Students who come to the United States to study, whether in English-language programs or degree-conferring programs, often find that the American education system differs considerably from that of their home country. These students, who are already facing myriad cultural differences, may experience difficulty adjusting to this new system, and require additional resources and support in order to succeed.
To assist our English Language Institute students with their adjustment to the College of Charleston, we have compiled a basic guide to U.S. classroom culture, and the values that shape the American education system.