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International Students "Travel the World" with Logan Students

Mon, Nov 26th, 2012

Hocking College English as a Second Language (ESL) international students gave presentations about their countries and cultures to students in the Logan-Hocking School District.

The ESL students presented at Logan-Hocking Middle School on Friday, November 16 and at Green Elementary on Tuesday, November 20.

The student presentations are a part of the "Travel the World" Hocking College service-learning program developed by Dominika Adamova, a Hocking College's ESL coordinator. Every semester, ESL students visit and present in a local school as a way to educate about diversity and to give back to community. The "Travel the World" program, launched on May 8, 2012, paired Hocking College International English as a Second Language (ESL) students with fifth-graders from Nelsonville-York Elementary School.

This fall, Hocking ESL students will provide interactive presentations, including information about their country and culture, to 120 elementary students and 300 middle schoolers in Logan. The ESL students from China, Venezuela, Qatar, Senegal, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Oman will teach the children to dance Korean pop, make a traditional Venezuelan dish called arepa, write their names in Chinese, Korean and Arabic, and practice Chinese school break exercises.

"The program is based on the premise that becoming familiar with other cultures opens up horizons for young people. As such, it promotes diversity, and it has a potential to prevent bullying and to support intercultural communication," Adamova said.

Not only will the ESL students share their culture, but they will also use this as an opportunity to learn about the American educational system. The presentations serve as the final exam / project to evaluate the ESL students' vocabulary, speaking and listening skills.