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Haller, Japanese students share cultures


April 11, 2018 | View PDF

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Haller Leadership students play a game with 19 visiting Japanese students at Haller Middle School. The Japanese students visited Arlington recently to experience how students learn in America.

Nineteen Japanese teenagers visited Arlington for 10 days recently and experienced how students learn in America. They went to class with Haller Middle School students this week.

"The purpose of the visit is to experience what an American school is like," said Koki Kamihigoshi, a coordinator with the Minami Nihon Culture Center. "The teachers are very nice here and the students have been doing group work in the classroom."

Unlike Haller, there are no separate lunchtimes in Japan. In addition to group work, the Japanese students have been playing games with the Haller students and working on their reading and writing.

"They take home so many experiences from this visit," said Coralee Tungate with Cultural Homestay International, the group that organized the visit. "Not only the experiences at Haller but also the experiences with their host family. The Japanese students will be able to see how Easter is celebrated in America."

"I've developed new friendships and I enjoy hearing them speak in their own language," said Haller Leadership student, Grace Saenz. "It's taught me a lot about a whole new culture I'd love to experience in Japan."


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