ALP Featured in Japanese Television Series

Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, has just begun airing a documentary-style television series filmed last fall at the American Language Program (ALP) at Columbia University.

The series provides a glimpse into the life of international students at Columbia’s intensive English program— where sharing personal points of view and finding the right words to do so are considered the bread-and-butter of active language learning.

Japanese viewers can witness the high expectations placed on individual learners in the ALP classroom, where even those in the most basic level class are given the means and the opportunity to say something real to each other. Two more semesters’ worth of filming in 2006 and 2007 will yield a total three seasons of half-hour programs.