Wed, Jul 23 2008
LeTourneau University awarded certificates to six Chinese college students from Qujing Normal University in a short ceremony Wednesday to celebrate their completion of a six-week English language studies during the Summer 2008 Student Visit Program. The students and two of their faculty members from China all received certificates from LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. A short reception followed as the students celebrated with their professors and host families.
Lunsford first welcomed the Chinese students to LETU June 23 before the students began weekly visits to the university to study English as a second language. The students were in classes from Mondays through Wednesdays and stayed in the homes of host families around East Texas, transitioning each week into new host families to give the students a broader experience.
The cultural exchange program included visiting the Jacksonville rodeo, attending a Ranger’s baseball game and visiting sites in Austin, San Antonio, as well as local attractions around Longview, Tyler and Kilgore.
English tutor Cheryl Palmer spoke about how much she will miss the students now that they have completed the program. Palmer worked with the students and facilitated dialogues between the students and their hosts. Part of the course work included learning about idioms and slang used in the English language that can give non-English speaking persons difficulty.
The cultural exchange program was initiated in 2001 by Tyler Mayor Kevin Eltife to encourage friendships between the two cultures. More than 30 students have participated in the program since it began. This year is the first year students have attended classes at LETU.
LeTourneau University offers academic majors in the aeronautical sciences, business, education, engineering, the liberal arts and sciences and offers business degrees and teacher certification programs at five education centers in Austin, Bedford, Dallas, Houston and Tyler.
Qujing Normal University is a public university, growing quickly, with a strong tradition of preparing teachers for the schools of south China. The students were featured in the Tyler Morning Telegraph story in June. http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20080623/NEWS08/806230302