SSALI Traveled to Japan, Korea and India

In March, Sonoma State American Language Institute teachers had the great opportunity to teach an intensive English language program in the Japanese Alps and in Tokyo hosted by the Nihon University College of Law. Miriam Hutchins, Suzanna Luttrell, Flannery Norton, and Dana Shay taught the 31 program participants with classes in Everyday English, Topics in Business, and Talk about US Culture for six hours every day. The fun didn’t stop there. In the evenings, the students watched movies in English, played English language games, planned a phenomenal talent show, and worked hard on their final presentations for the program. This is an incredible opportunity for both students and teachers. The students get the chance to be in an intensive English environment without leaving their country; the teachers have the chance to experience Japanese culture and life. "We are very grateful to Nihon University School of Law for giving us this opportunity every year" shared the SSALI department.

In addition to teaching at Tateshina for Nihon University College of Law, Miriam Hutchins visited Korean school districts, Incheon Education Training Institute and Jeju City Schools, the Korean Embassy, and two private educational agencies who have sent students to SSU in the past. Miriam met up with the Santa Rosa Sister City program in Jeju City, which hosted the Maria Carrillo Acapella jazz group, and family and members of the Sister city program as part of their annual Fire Festival. This was a wonderful opportunity to connect with this outstanding international program. Miriam and Dana Shay then visited three university contacts in Japan, including Waseda University, Nihon University College of International Relations, and Nihon University Central Administration, International Liaison Section. The goal of these visits was to introduce the SSALI program and SSU programs to organizations and universities that might be interested in sending students to SSU/SSALI and to increase interest in short term programs for teachers or business professionals. Miriam and Dana found that to truly internationalize Sonoma State University they need to commit themselves to a strategic outreach that highlights SSU's unique programs.

Roberta Hodges, Director of the Sonoma State American Language Institute and International Education had the opportunity to visit Ansal University in Delhi. The dean of engineering and the director of international studies at Ansal University had been in contact with the engineering department at SSU for some time with the desire to develop a relationship with the MSCES program at SSU. Roberta met with the Vice Chancellor, dean of engineering, the director of international studies, and the founder of Ansal University. It was a very productive meeting, and SSALI hopes to welcome students from Ansal University in the near future. The founder, MP Singh, visted SSU this past April.

TOP: Japan intensive English course

BOTTOM: Roberta Hodges with people from Ansal University in India