Eastern Mennonite University

Spring 2007

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Alumni Teachers Honored

Two alumni teachers in the Chesapeake region of Virginia won “teacher of the year” this year in their respective schools: computer education specialist Gerry Miller ’72 at Landstown Middle School in Virginia Beach and James Bergey ’05, grade 7 teacher at Azalea Gardens Middle School in Norfolk.

Miller specialized in math education at EMU. In 1988 he earned a masters in computer education at Old Dominion University.

In 2005, Bergey was one of three senior education students at EMU recognized by the state as being a “teacher of promise.”

A third alumna, Holly Showalter ‘04, was one of 48 teachers named this winter as “most excellent foreign teacher” in Sichuan province in China.

Mosaic of English Students

Students from 14 countries are enrolled in the spring ’07 semester of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at EMU: Bosnia, Colombia , El Salvador (2), Dominican Republic (3), Guatemala (2), Iran, Japan, Kazakstan, South Korea, Mexico (9), Nepal, Peru, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

IEP is an on-campus program to teach English as a second language. IEP prepares individuals of all ages for admission to college, to succeed at graduate or seminary studies, or for career advancement. They also learn cross-cultural skills that will help them to be successful in North America.

This summer IEP is offering two residential language programs for middle- and high-school youths, combining the fun of a summer camp with English-language study. The dates are July 16-Aug. 3 and July 23-Aug. 17 . For more information on any of the IEP programs, visit www.emu.edu/iep.

Foreign-Language Helpers

EMU is one of a handful of U.S. college and universities that bring in native-speaking college-age students to spend an academic year simply talking one-on-one with foreign language students. The program allows young people from other countries to experience life in the United States while living with host families.

The program also allows EMU students to be exposed to people with authentic accents, language expressions and life experiences in other cultures.

Last fall, four conversation partners – Leonardo Chavarria of Honduras, Rachel Hannebicque of France, Jakob Kneisler of Germany, and Rolando Urquizo of Bolivia – met with 143 students twice each week to practice Spanish, German and French.

Mennonite Central Committee identifies and sponsors the foreign-language conversation partners.

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