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ONU to host Sakae Institute

Ohio Northern University will host the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad, a preparation program for Japanese who will begin studies at U.S. high school, colleges and universities in the fall, from July 9 through Aug. 13.

Twenty-nine students will take part in this summer’s institute, now in its eleventh year at ONU. Taught by ONU faculty, the students will practice reading, writing, listening and speaking in English, take short academic courses on a variety of topics, and learn about American culture.

Darlene Johnston is interim director of the summer program and will teach advanced reading and writing. Recent graduate Ben Buehler is the assistant director.

Intermediate listening and speaking will be taught by Joan Faisant. Tom Beery, a lecturer in English, will teach intermediate reading and writing. Dr. Robert Alexander will present an American politics course, and Dr. Jennifer Walton will offer a communication course.

The students also will take physical education “mini-courses” in tennis, American touch football and Frisbee golf from Jennifer Smiley. ONU student assistants for the summer program are Rachel Cruea, a sophomore creative writing major from Findlay, Ohio; Lucas Campbell, a senior creative writing major from Hilliard, Ohio; and Japanese student assistant Motoko Asano, a sophomore at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

In addition to studying the English language and American culture, participating students will have opportunities to travel around the state of Ohio, including attending ONU Day at Cedar Point, attending a Columbus Crew game, and shopping at Easton Town Center in Columbus. 

Yoko Sakae founded the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad in 1972 to make the transition to life on a U.S. college campus easier for Japanese students.