International Learning Community Connects Language Learning, Living

by Rachel Alkon, UW-Communications

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a Monday, and nine American students are learning how to prepare okonomi yaki, the Japanese version of a pancake.

The instructor, Nobuyoshi Asaoka, is the floor coordinator of the Nihongo Hausu, the newest addition to the International Learning Community (ILC), a foreign language immersion residence in Adams Hall.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison launched ILC in 2002-03 with a German language house, Stockwerk Deutsch. Since its inception, the program has quickly expanded from 66 to 131 residents…