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ESL Program Takes Cultural Immersion Trip to Pennsylvania

Dec 09, 2014

The English as a Second Language program at ANU’s Roanoke Valley Campus recently went on a cultural immersion trip to Hershey, Lancaster, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The trip was part of the program’s ongoing intensive learning extracurricular student activities—an important contextual part of the educational program. The trip tested the students’ abilities to function during a multi-faceted trip speaking only in English and helped them experience America’s rich cultural history. 


During the trip, ESL students learned about such things as candy-making at the Hershey Story Museum, Amish history and culture in Lancaster, and the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg on our nation’s history at the Gettysburg battlefield and Museum of the American Civil War.


The students appreciated the whole trip and certainly enjoyed their experiences – even as their skills in English were put to the test. “I liked the trip,” said Lkhagvatsetseg Purevdori, a Mongolian student currently in level two of the ESL program. “I spent time with teachers and classmates speaking in English. I listed to information in English at the Hershey Chocolate Museum and the Amish Village.”


“It is very hard to say what I liked the most about our trip in a short sentence because I enjoyed every single activity; however, our visit to the American Civil War Museum in Gettysburg was my favorite part,” said John Marulanda, a level five student from Colombia. “I think it was a very important experience that in this trip I could improve my vocabulary and my confidence to express myself in English.”


A-ESL stuents and staff are pictured during a tour the Gettysburg battlefield.


B-  (L to R) ESL student Xiaolei Sun; student Lkhagvatsetset Purevdorj; student Munkthuya Tsambasuren; ESL program coordinator Shereen Almadhon;  student John Marulanda; and ESL instructor Elizabeth Johnson participate in a hands-on chocolate making presentation at the Hershey Story Museum.

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