Nomen Global Language Center was honored to receive international visitors last week. Organized by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and implemented by Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, seven highly distinguished guests visited Nomen Global to see first-hand the operations of a private ESL school.
Visitors included the following international scholars:1) from Ecuador, Ms. Maria Fernanda Plaza from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, Sede Esmeraldas 2) from Iraq, Mr. Muhammad Qassim Zboon AL MALIKI, Professor, Department of English, University of Basrah 3) from Kazakhstan, Ms. Anastassiya NAM Senior English Language Teacher, Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages 4) from Libya, Ms. Nadia Ismail TUATI, Lecturer, Tripoli University 5) from Russia, Ms. Olga ROTKO Assistant Professor, Southern Federal University 6) from Sri Lanka, Mrs. Wimala Adhikari Mudalige Chapa Poornima WELAGEDARA, Assistant Lecturer, National Institute of Education and 7) from Thailand, Ms. Su I Nee TAKAEH, Head, Fatoni University. Accompanying our international visitors was Ms. Jennifer Strauss Gurss.
During a three-week program, International Visitors traveled to Washington D.C. and then up to four additional cities that highlight American diversity. In each city, the group attends cultural events, spends time with average American families, and meets with their professional counterparts in a series one hour professional appointments. Honoring the objectives set by the United States State Department, educators and leaders at Nomen Global explained its program in terms of the following:
- Enhance the participants’ understanding of American culture and history as context for the development of language;
- Showcase the variation and distribution within the U.S. English language;
- Discuss shared challenges for English language teachers;
- Interact with language teachers and students in K 12 classroom settings and exchange views with teachers on pedagogical methodology;
- Connect with educational policy makers at the national, state, and local levels;
- Provide opportunities to engage in volunteerism alongside American citizens of different ages and backgrounds.
It was a great honor for Nomen Global to be selected for this exchange, but the greater honor came with the opportunity to share, discuss, laugh, and talk with wonderful educators from throughout the world.