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Reem Osman - Difference Maker at the English Language Institute

Apr 08, 2013

Reem Osman of the English Language Institute at the Roanoke Valley Campus was selected as an American National University difference maker.


  • ESL Program Coordinator at the Roanoke Valley Campus
  • Recipient of ANU’s “Outstanding College Member of the Year 2012” award
  • Holds two associate degrees, one in engineering and one in computer drafting and design

Staff member for the ESL program since it began over two years ago


  • Originally from Sudan, lived in Saudi Arabia for 13 years, and speaks fluent Arabic
  • Previously worked for Refugee and Immigration Services to help immigrants settle in the U.S.

I was an ESL student when I first came to the United States, so I went through everything our ESL students go through. My own experiences as an international student help me explain to them how the school system in the U.S. works.

I help the students with everything in their life, from registering for classes to looking for apartments and cars, paying their bills, taking them to doctor’s appointments, and opening a bank account. They are very friendly and appreciate everything I do for them, even if it’s very small. They treat me like a sister.

My favorite moments include when I see a student practicing something I taught him or her; when I used to translate an entire conversation for a student, and now they can communicate on their own; and when we graduate students, and they successfully enter a university.


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