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August 2010 - English as a Second Language

posted Sep 8, 2010, 11:28 AM by Terry Ann Morris   [ updated Sep 8, 2010, 11:29 AM ]
  • On July 16th, 34 International Students’ Club/Conversation Café members took the Chicago and Northwestern train and a water taxi to Michigan Avenue to begin an adventurous day in the Chicago. Because the movie Transformers 3 was being filmed on Michigan Avenue, the students were escorted by Harper faculty on the lower level. They were rewarded with an opportunity to watch some of the movie production plus chats and photos with a few actors, including Josh Duhamel. Following a tour of the NBC studios and lunch in the 401 Café, the students were treated to a 90-minute Wendella boat cruise of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Before heading home, the students photographed more movie action on Michigan Avenue.

  • International Student Coordinator, Jill Izumikawa, was granted the Fulbright award for U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators 2010. Jill spent two intensive weeks in South Korea touring eleven universities, historical and cultural sites, traveling throughout much of the country. About 30% of Harper College’s international students come from the Republic of Korea where Jill was able to experience their culture first hand.

  • From July 11th to July 16th, Lynn Altfeld attended a writing workshop at the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College in New York. This retreat for teachers focused on invention strategies, coaching the writing process and revision techniques. Lynn said this week of writing, exchanging ideas and responding to one another’s work was an amazing, unforgettable experience.

  • Lois Lundquist attended the CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium) in Amherst, MA. Three intense days of sessions provided an opportunity to learn about new products and share best practice utilization of technologies available for language learners from the free Google docs and WAVE products through to the state of the art Sony SANs application that we’re fortunate to have here in the ESL Department.

  • Kathleen Reynolds is joining us as the CALL and ESL Resource Coordinator. Originally from Ohio, she has a Masters in TESOL from UIC and a rich background in ESL education in the Chicago area. Spending one semester in Chihuahua, Mexico in the Borders Program also helped her become a fluent Spanish speaker.