Due to inclement weather ILI’s evening classes are cancelled.
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…]
Here’s a wonderful article and video about one of our students in our free English program for area immigrants. Thank you Sarah Crosby at the Daily Hampshire Gazette for this excellent piece and for sharing María Teresa’s story.