Students in the intensive English program had the opportunity to meet Northampton’s Mayor Narkewicz. We have a wonderful Mayor and appreciate that he makes the time to meet with international students. The students had some thoughtful questions prepared ahead of time.
Thank you Mayor Narkewicz!
ILI is excited to announce that for the first time in 32 years, the school has added Arabic to its list of languages taught. The instructor, Yamila, has a post-graduate certificate with the Center for Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, worked with Middlebury College’s language-intensive study abroad programs in both Egypt and Jordan, and taught Arabic to high school students at Charlestown High School.
It was a bit of organized chaos on December 7, when 50 staff members from CISabroad headed to ILI, picked up cleaning supplies and paint brushes, and set to work brightening up ILI’s common spaces and classrooms. In the words of ILI’s Executive Director Caroline Gear, “This is what ILI and community partners like CISabroad are all about!”
CISabroad is a national education-abroad organization that is based, like ILI, in Northampton. And each year, they choose a non-profit group to work with as part of their company’s commitment to teamwork and cultural awareness. This year, CISabroad chose ILI, and the results were outstanding. From painting several walls in the school’s administrative area to washing windows inside and out, cleaning walls and floors, and so much more – CISabroad staff brought their own brand of cheerfulness and diligence to ILI. [Read more…]
ILI traveled to Jocotitlan, Mexico to train teachers in OpenBook English. Teachers in the school Unidad Educativa Ernesto Peralta learned about the program and then helped their students learn how to navigate OpenBook on their tablets.
“One of the biggest barriers to international students attending Marlboro College is the high proficiency in English needed to engage in academic scholarship,” says Maggie Strassman, director of international studies. That is changing, following a new partnership with the International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI), a Northampton-based, not-for-profit language school promoting intercultural understanding through language instruction. [Read more…]