Toyama Students Visiting Durham Tech

The Center for the Global Learner (CGL) at Durham Technical Community College is once again hosting a group of 18 students from Japan’s Toyama College of Foreign Languages for a three-week English immersion program.



The students arrived over the weekend and will be staying until March 11. The inclement weather last week put a hitch in their arrival plans as their flight from Washington, DC to RDU was cancelled and they ended up chartering a bus for a five-hour ride.

Dr. Constanza Gómez-Joines, CGL executive director, and David Kittrell, coordinator of the college’s English as a Second Language program, have been working diligently to manage the complex logistics of the program, which is in its third year. The visitors will attend classes at the SOUTHBank Building in downtown Durham from 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays through Thursdays, for the three-week period.

When the students are not in class, they will participate in organized trips to regional cultural and historical attractions in Durham and Raleigh, including Duke University, the NC Capitol Building, and the American Tobacco Campus. They also will attend presentations from local musicians and artists.

The program was established to help students fine-tune their fluency in conversational skills. Dr. Bill Ingram, president of Durham Tech, welcomes the partnership with Toyama College, saying, “We must reach out globally and provide these types of unique opportunities for students.” Gómez-Joines agreed, “This type of collaboration really fits with our mission at the college and helps us broaden our international scope.”