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Homes sought for foreign students

By From staff reports
Published in News on June 15, 2011 1:46 PM

The Terra Lingua/Terre des Langues foreign student program, sponsored by East Carolina University, is still looking for homes for several Spanish students who will be arriving in the area soon to spend several weeks learning about American culture.

Homes have already been found for a group of students from France who have arrived in the States, but Dr. Frederic Fladenmuller, who directs the program, said three brothers from Spain -- Diego, Markel and Koldo -- who are schedule to be here June 24-July 23 are still in need of a host family and time is running short in their case.

Families have only to provide a place to stay and meals for the students, who already speak some English.

Also, Fladenmuller said, another group of seven French students will be arriving later in the summer and will need homes. Their stay is expected to be from July 9 until Aug. 6.

Fladenmuller said the visitors offer an opportunity for an American family to learn more about the world around them, while at the same time imparting a slice of American culture to students ages 14-18 who are interested in learning about American life.

"It will also foster a much needed interest in foreign languages for the American teenagers, at a time when such worldly idea seems constantly threatened and in part by our economy," he said. The simple act of hosting is a wonderful way to make this exposure possible, economical even, without leaving your home. For these visiting students this immersion into the American culture will also be invaluable."

For more information, call Fladenmuller (252) 754-2136, email him at Fladenmuller@ecu.edu or visit TLTLHOST.COM.