Welcome new students!
The IECP welcomed new students from seven countries to begin another fall semester. Our news students come from Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and UAE!
Exciting things happening in Special Topics classes
This semester, the IECP offers three Special Topics classes: Modern Topics, Creative Expression and Science. Special Topics classes (formerly called “electives”) are unique classes because they give students opportunities to hone their academic English in new ways.
For example, in Creative Expression, a brand new IECP course, students visited Old Main building on campus and collected information about certain characters who had a role there. One of those special characters, for example, was Old Coaly–the mule whose skeleton is in the HUB. (Did you know that?) Students then wrote about a day in those characters lives. But that’s not all! Students in Creative Expression have also analyzed excerpts from J.R.R. Tolkien’s the Lord of the Rings and Jacques Cousteau’s The Human, The Orchid, and The Octopus. The instructor. Münire Bozdemir, says, “students have also been working on using vocabulary or idioms they never used before even it they knew what they meant.”
Meanwhile, in Modern Topics, instructor Yuge Duan is using an integrated textbook with themes to facilitate students’ proficiency in many skills simultaneously. Yuge says, “for the first two weeks, we did self-introductions, ice-breakers, and we discussed what ‘identity’ is.” She adds, “We know each other better!”
Modern Topics is part of our Foundation English series in which 110- and 120-level students are able to take a class together while getting the important fundamental English support in a fun, challenging environment.
Finally, in the Science course, instructor Jackie Gianico has introduced her students to the scientific method by throwing them into an experiment on the second day of class! The Strength Experiment showed students how observations lead to questions, which lead to hypotheses. They tested two hypotheses: 1) Participants can hold a weight longer on their dominant-hand side, and 2) Men can hold a weight longer than women. They collected data, did analysis, and concluded that the hypotheses were accepted.