Proyecta Group Learning English at Fredonia!

EC Fredonia is so very pleased to announce that for four weeks we will be hosting the Proyecta group of students from all the way from Mexico! Sponsored by the Mexican Government, these students have already been welcomed into the classroom and on our campus to learn here at EC and live in on-campus dormitories. The energetic group of students was ready to learn all about what EC has to offer on November 16th upon arriving and eager to begin, for some, their first international adventure. Students gathered in our student lounge and listened to presentations from Jacob Czelusta, Assistant Director of International Student Services here at Fredonia; as well as, Naomi Baldwin, Director of the International Education Office; and finally Robin Halicki, EC Fredonia’s Student Services Coordinator. After many presentations and introductions the students were provided with an on-campus tour to begin getting comfortable being On-campus at Fredonia! During the tour, many students were curious about the food, clubs/organizations available and most importantly the weather in Fredonia. For many, it would be their first time experiencing the chilly temperatures of a local Fredonia winter. During the tour, we visited the Ice Rink and Naomi Baldwin, who accompanied me on the tour, and I urged them to experience the excitement of a hockey game before departing. Learning English On Campus at Fredonia has many perks! Students will be able to learn English for Academic Purposes here on a collegiate campus, as well as be granted the opportunity to go to local events, live on-campus, dine on-campus with local students and experience all that this small quaint village has to offer. EC Fredonia is honored to host such an intelligent group of students all the way from Mexico!  

Interviews prepare EC students for English for Academic Purposes

Fredonia students joined fellow EC students to conduct diversity interviews in the student lounge and classrooms. Through these interviews Fredonia students were provided the opportunity to better understand cultural difference. A Fredonia student said, “When our professors told us about talking to international students I was very excited to do that because I love learning about people with different cultures.” These interviews were also an opportunity for EC students to get a glimpse at what life as a university student is all about. Also, our students can better understand how all the things at EC prepare them to study English for Academic Purposes on the university level. Fredonia students asked many questions and our students used this opportunity to apply their English language understanding by being interviewed by a native speaker. University students asked about family life, transportation, religion, and dress. When asked, ‘what do you all miss most about your home country?’ the overwhelming majority said with eager eyes, ‘the FOOD!’ Many of our students from Saudi Arabia explained how much they appreciate the fashion being in the United States. Saudi Arabia follows strict dress codes. Students enjoy the chance to express themselves through their wardrobe. Sharing experiences, students began to understand that although their is difference their is also similarity. Students connected through wonder and laughter. One of the university students wrote a reflection about the session explaining, “In every career there will be a someone from a different culture that will either be your boss or coworker. I believe I have an advantage just because of my experience with the international students.” The student went on to say, “The whole point of these interviews was to help and inspire the international students about college and also reflect about being a student at Fredonia.” Through these interviews EC students got a glimpse at the importance of … Read more