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These Lakeland University students are working with Plymouth High School students to help build their foreign language skills.

Lakeland helps PHS World Language students

Posted November 7, 2016

Note: Thanks to Lakeland University for sharing this story with us!

This fall, three Lakeland University students have volunteered to work with students at Plymouth High School.

Two of the Lakeland students, LU-Japan transfers Maho Arakawa and Risa Yoshita, are interacting with a PHS student who plans to continue his studies in Japan. He’s been accepted into a Japanese university, and Arakawa and Yoshita conduct weekly Skype sessions with him.

“I’m very happy he is so interested in Japan,” said Risa, a hospitality management major. “We talk about language and also Japanese anime, which he is very interested in. He purchased a textbook, so we discuss that also.”

Yvonne Hesse, who attends the University of Kassel in Germany, is spending a semester at Lakeland University through an exchange program between the schools. The education major recently visited PHS, where she was a big hit.

“The students had many questions,” Yvonne said with a smile. “They wanted to know what kind of music we listen to, so I brought German music with me.” She also brought her culinary skills, and helped members of the PHS World Languages Club prepare homemade German specialties spaetzle and currywurst.

“I am so grateful for this connection we have with Lakeland,” Laura Koebel, a Spanish teacher at Plymouth High School. “Our students benefit greatly from the diverse international student population at LU. I encourage my students to attend International Food Night … and International Night in the spring. Our students really enjoy these evenings, when world culture is shared in a way that people in our area might not normally experience.”

The International Food Festival was Nov. 5, and International Night is April 6.

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