English as a Second Language institute coming to Minot State in '09
In the continuing effort to build a diverse and multicultural climate, Minot State University will host an English as a Second Language institute starting in the summer of 2009.
The Language Company, an internationally recognized company based out of Edmond, Okla., will partner with MSU to establish the ESL institute. The Language Company, in business for more than 25 years, provides superior English language instruction and cultural activities to students worldwide, and first contacted Minot State University a year ago with interest in opening an ESL institute on the MSU campus. The timing was perfect, as MSU President David Fuller and the MSU English Department had already initiated research on what it would take to start an ESL program at Minot State.
"The Language Company approached MSU because they felt the university, Minot and the surrounding region offers what international students are looking for," said Libby Claerbout, director of international programs. "We are in a friendly Midwest environment, where Minot has all the amenities of a much larger city but we also have a low cost of living and a low crime rate all perfect for an ESL institute."
Dakota Hall will house the ESL institute. Over the next 6 months, a renovation process will provide room on the first floor for classes and administrative offices. The top floor of Dakota Hall will house the incoming ESL students.
When classes begin in the summer, there will most likely be 8-10 students initially attending the institute, with the possibility of growing to as many as 50 students per session. A program of this nature has a tendency to boost overall enrollment at host universities, as a high percentage of ESL graduates are college bound and a high number of those students choose to extend their learning at the host university.
"Opening an ESL institute on the Minot State campus will help bring more international students to Minot State, which will ultimately enhance the education and classroom experience for all MSU students," said Claerbout. "Imagine sitting in a world history class with the possibility of actually hearing from someone who grew up in Asia or Saudi Arabia. Having an exchange of ideas and students in this manner promotes peace and friendship across borders and cultures in a way that you donít traditionally see in North Dakota."
The Minot State University ESL institute will be the 10th such location run by The Language Company in the U.S.