287 Students Hit ASPECT
Thank you to Grace DiPaola in the Registrar's office for her tireless efforts on our behalf to find the needed rooms for ASPECT.
During the last several weeks of July and the first week of August, the size of our ASPECT community ballooned about 200 percent, mostly due to the arrivals of short-term holiday groups from Italy, Kazakhstan and Taiwan. Arrivals were handled by student services coordinator David Andersen and housing coordinator Charles Fernando.
ASPECT students could be seen everywhere on the Manhattan College campus-hiking down to and up from Leo Hall, relaxing on the "Quad," socializing at outdoor Barbeques and even studying their grammar books from time to time.
English learners from 27 different countries came together at ASPECT, sharing computer terminals, crowded hallways and the best multicultural experiences of their lives. There were nearly 100 students from Italy, nearly 50 from Japan, another 40 or so from Taiwan, about 30 from Korea, almost 20 from France, seven from Kazakhstan, the same number from Poland and six each from Austria and Germany. Others came from Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Hungary, India, Peru, Saudia Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
In the mornings, ASPECT students study-in 90-minute blocks-a grammar & writing class, and then an integrated skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) class. Every afternoon, students in the Intensive English, English for Business or TOEFL Prep courses study content-based electives, such as jazz history, broadcast journalism, conversation practice or vocabulary building.
(Read about the team of ESL teachers who came together to help ASPECT deliver a top-quality English-learning curriculum.)
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