Campbellsville University has 16 new students complete the ESL program

Campbellsville University has 16 new students complete the ESL program
Students representing several countries gather after graduating from the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Campbellsville University during the fall 2018 semester. Included from left are: Front row: Otgontuya Munkhbaatar, Aldawood Abrar, Shurentsetseg Tumurbaatar and Bayartsetseg Battumur. Middle row: Yensel Carcamo, Tuul Bayambaa, Wenhui Li, Ximeng Li, Alex Aramayo, Hui Zhang and Zhuojie Yang. Back row are: Israel Tshijik, Israfil Madzhunov, Zuxuan Fan and Yiheng Wu. (CU Photo by Emily Barth)

By Matthew M. Billiot, student news writer, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “We’ll always be family,” said Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and assistant to the president, at Campbellsville University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) pinning ceremony, “That’s what language does for us, it makes us brothers and sisters and cousins.”

Students who received their ESL completion certificates were: Abrar Aldawood of Saudi Arabia; Alex Aramayo of Bolivia; Bayartsestseg Battumur of Mongolia; Tuul Bayambaa of Mongolia; Yensel Carcamo of Honduras; Zexuan Fan of China;

Wenhui Li of  China; Ximeng Li of China; Israfil Madzhunov of Russia; Otgontuya Munkhbaatar of Mongolia; Jaqueline Torres Aguirre of Costa Rica;

Israel Tshijik of Congo; Shurentsetseg Tumurbaatar of Mongolia; Yiheng Wu of China; Zhuojie Yang of China; and Hui Zhang of China.

Students from both the main campus and Louisville Education Center were among those who received their ESL certification.

Zhoujie “George” Yang, a main campus student, and Abrar Aldawood, a Louisville center student, received the Outstanding ESL Student Award.

Joshua Detherage, ESL and MA TESOL instructor, said about the ESL program, “This is no small task. It is a challenge to not only learn a second language, but to do so while living in a second culture and being immersed in that second language.”

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 13,000 students offering more than 90 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with Kentucky instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville. The university also has a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.