Aug. 1, 2012
For Immediate Release
Students who recently recognized for completing Campbellsville University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program are: Front Row, from left– Yajuan Zhao of Beijing, China; Hironori Takashima of Hokkaido, Japan; Maryann Matheny, ESL endorsement specialist at CU; and Luis Gutierrez of Caracas, Venezuela, outstanding ESL student award recipient. Back Row– Andrea Giordano, assistant director of ESL at CU; Teng Zhang of Beijing, China; Shichang Qin of Beijing, China; Lucas Carvalho Fernandes of Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Maurizio Infante of Caracas, Venezuela; Yohei Namiki of Yokosuka, Japan; Elizabeth Campbell, ESL instructor at CU; and Travis Kennon, ESL instructor at CU. (Campbellsville University Photo by Christina L. Kern)
By Christina L. Kern, office assistant
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “Language is a treasure that will follow you,” Andrea Giordano, assistant director of ESL, said at a ceremony recognizing students who recently completed the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Campbellsville University.
Campbellsville University’s ESL program teaches English to non-native speakers of English, and prepares them for full-time study at Campbellsville University. Eight students were recognized in the completion ceremony July 27.
Giordano said she and the other ESL instructors are proud of the students and the program. “When you have a conversation in English it is a testament to our institute,” she said. “You are an ambassador of our ESL program and the ESL Institute. When you enter Campbellsville University this fall, wear it proudly as a badge of achievement.”
| Luis Gutierrez, right, receives the
outstanding ESL student award from
Andrea Giordano, assistant director
of ESL at CU. (Campbellsville
University Photo by Christina L. Kern)
Giordano said she has several hopes for the students as they have gone through and completed the program. She hopes they will “develop a love for English and American culture,” “make lifelong connections with people from other cultures,” “is impacted by the love of Jesus Christ,” and “is successful beyond ESL and in whatever you set out to do.”
“Congratulations. You can speak with 2 billion more people in the world now.”
Luis Gutierrez of Caracas, Venezuela, was recognized as the outstanding ESL student for fully embracing English and American culture.
Students recognized at the ceremony include: Gutierrez; Yajuan Zhao of Beijing, China; Hironori Takashima of Hokkaido, Japan; Teng Zhang of Beijing, China; Shichang Qin of Beijing, China; Lucas Carvalho Fernandes of Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Maurizio Infante of Caracas, Venezuela; and Yohei Namiki of Yokosuka, Japan.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.