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American National University ESL Student Passes IELTS Exam and is Accepted to Widener University

Apr 29, 2013

As a recent graduate of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at American National University’s Roanoke Valley Campus, Saudi Arabian student Ibrahim Otudi has only just begun his higher education journey in the United States. He completed the ESL program in February, passed the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, and will be transferring to Widener University in Pennsylvania on May 20th.

Ibrahim will major in computer science and hopes to get a master’s degree and pursue a career in engineering one day. But first he had to learn English, and ANU’s ESL program was able to help him reach that goal. “English is the first language in my country,” Ibrahim says. “You can’t get a job in my country without knowing it.” Ibrahim heard about ANU’s ESL program from a friend who was already enrolled. “It is the best institution I have seen,” Ibrahim says. “Nobody can get out of this program with bad English or not reading well. If you graduate from this program, you will be good.”

ANU’s ESL program fit what Ibrahim was looking for. “I like that the program gets us ready for college classes,” Ibrahim says. And he appreciates the instructors as well. “They are the best,” he says. “They give us advice. First they see our weakness, then they try to improve it.”

Ibrahim’s family back home in Saudi Arabia is happy for him too. “They are happy that I am learning English and going to a university,” he says. “They are very proud.” Ibrahim is able to communicate with his family every weekend through Skype. “My mother, she has to see me,” Ibrahim says of how he proves to her he is doing well in the U.S. and soon he will have a computer science degree to show her too.

Ibrahim Otudi is pictured on the right with Dr. Eric Rothgery, ANU ESL program director at the Roanoke Valley Campus.

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tags: VA-Roanoke Valley | English as a Second Language: (ESL) Preparation for the Test of English as a Foreign Language: TOEFL (ESL)


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