I (Sal) remember growing-up in St. Paul, where I was born-raised by parents that immigrated from the Philippines. My parents were taught English growing-up in the "third largest English-speaking nation" in the world-Philippines, but living in America was challenging early on. My parents would come home frustrated after a long day at work, where they would sometimes get teased/ridiculed for not speaking English well. My siblings and I would have to correct them at times constantly. I too had trouble in the American public school system despite growing-up in this country because of my parents' difficult time when I was growing-up. The school subject of English wasn't my favorite class as I struggled academically. I was too teased and "made fun of" all my years going to school by friends and peers because of my grammar.
Yes, I finished college, but I don't stop learning! With my volunteer involvement with the Morris Literacy Project, I hope to use this an opportunity to touch-up my needed improvement of my English-grammar skills. I hope to teach and learn from the students I work with in this program that started in the Fall of 2004.
*from David K. (3/18/07)
"fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too
Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.
i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Falzerano, a UMM graduate, will be joined on the trip by Min Zhou, who teaches German at UMM and is originally from China. This is the first group of UMM students to visit China.
While Jiashan schools send most of their graduates abroad for a college education, explained Falzerano, U.S. students don't tend to go there. In today's world, Falzerano said, students need to understand China as part of their growth and development as future citizens.
Students were selected by application from among more than 70 applicants, according to UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman.
Consideration was given to their grade point average, on-campus activities and an essay they were asked to write. Preference was given to freshmen and sophomore students.
Students who will travel to China are: Robert Goodfellow, Mound; Zachary Clemens, Minneapolis; Lauren Johnson; Myah Hayle; Christa Mims, Bear Lake; Daniel Moore, Champlin; Savannah Schulze, Ely; Ajeng Puspitasari, Jakarta, Indonesia; Natalie Kinsky, Woodbury; Brianna Martin, a UMM graduate from Eden Prairie High school whose parents live in Glenwood; Paul Carlson, Plymouth; and Michelle Handlin Burnsville.
Program, housing and food costs for the trip will be paid by the city of Jiashan. Additional expenses will be covered with assistance from the UMM Chancellor's office and the students.
This trip for students was an unexpected bonus following a recent trip to China by Schuman, Falzerano and Schuman’s wife, Nancy, who paid her way to be part of the experience.
Also on the trip were Dr. Hong Yang from the University of Minnesota China Center. Focus of the trip was to explore exchange options and to recruit students for UMM.
Schuman, who traveled to China last fall, was part of the International Education Exposition in Beijing. The University of Minnesota was the only American institution at the three-day expo, which was attended by an average of 30,000 students per day, he said. “That was an eye-opening experience,” Schuman said. “What we saw there was tremendous interest and hunger for American higher education. We wanted to see if we could make connections for the University of Minnesota, Morris, not just the University of Minnesota.”
On the recent trip, Schuman stated that they had production discussions both with two officers of the Shanghai American Consulate regarding visa issues for Chinese students seeking to come to the U.S. and with Shanghai University.
While in Jiashan, they visited a private college and the area's leading high school, which is where the invitation was extended for UMM students to visit. In Beijing, they met with the vice president of Beijing Union University and the director for international education. They are less enthusiastic about student exchanges but eager to establish faculty exchanges, said Schuman. A general accord of cooperation was signed with Beijing Union University.
The UMM and U of M group met at Shanghai University with two vice presidents and other officers of their international programs office, and they seem eager to establish student and faculty exchanges, Schuman said.
The university has a number of colleges, including a College of Liberal Arts. It currently enrolls about 25,000 undergraduates, Schuman said. “Shanghai University would like to see from us a draft exchange agreement,” he said. “They offer a considerable number of courses in English."
At Capital Normal University in Beijing, they again met with a vice president and International Programs staff.
"They have a new and quite splendid facility for international students, and offer a good range of liberal arts programs and programs in Chinese language for international students," said Schuman. "They are eager to establish a student exchange, and we signed with them, too, a general accord of future cooperation. They propose sending a delegation of six to seven members, including faculty and administrators, to Morris in the relatively near future. They, too, have attractive short-term courses for international students on their campus that might make for good May term possibilities. "Finally, we visited the private Beijing Royal School (a high school), spoke with students and the headmaster, and distributed information about attending UMM," said Schuman.
The Chinese appear more interested in science education, and in areas such as business, technology and economics, Schuman said. “The hard sciences interest them a lot and they see (the U.S.) as a world leader,” Schuman said. The University of Minnesota system doggedly maintained relations with Chinese universities at a time when it was difficult for Chinese students to get American visas and many universities gave up trying to recruit them, Schuman said. “We haven’t given up,” Schuman said. “That work has made it possible for truly interested Chinese students to come to the U.S.”
This story contains information from the UMM News Service and the Sun Tribune.
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Visiting one of the ESL Classes at Stadium Village in December 2004
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*referred from ESL Training Course on September 27th of 2005 at Alexandria's Runestone Learning Center by Kathy Mohabir
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