Published : Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | 1:47 PM
Every year, University of the West holds English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to offer students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds an interactive and meaningful way to learn English.
Students are expected to clock in 20 hours per week for a 16-week session in the Spring and Fall semesters, and for a six-week session during Summer.
In this program, students learn and develop fundamental skills, like reading, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening comprehension. The program also encourages critical thinking, so students become more independent language learners to help them speak English in the real world faster.
Just recently, the 2015 full-time ESL students were honored during a year-end ceremony. It was a momentous occasion filled with pride for the students and their families.
This year’s ESL graduating students came from all over the globe, including China, Taiwan, Panama, South Korea, and Vietnam. They all received certificates of completion.
Awards like Most Outstanding Student and Most Improved Student were handed out.
Changhun Kim from South Korea was the recipient of the 2015 Most Outstanding Student Award. Changhun is from Honam University, where he is focusing on Information and Communication Engineering. According to Michael Grosso, Chair of the English Department, “This was his first time in the United States, and he is the first in his family to study abroad. His cousin, Minsik, motivated him to study in the United States to practice his English.”
What did Changhun like about UWest’s ESL Program? “The writing class because the main essay was a big project, and after the first draft I improved my writing skills with the help of the teachers. It is a good feeling to know I can improve,” Changun says. He also enjoyed making friends and learning about American culture both inside and outside the classroom.
His instructors Shana Wright, David Ocanas, Deviani Ashby, and Michael Grosso made it clear they are all very proud of him and the rest of the students.
University of the West is located at 1409 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead. For more information, call (626) 571-8811 or visit www.uwest.edu.