International Student Receives Rosa Parks Award... May 3, 2016 | Office of International Affairs
NationaliTEA: Making New International & American Friends... April 4, 2016 | Office of International Affairs
Preparing To Help Africa During Global Climate Change... March 29, 2016 | Office of International Affairs
‘Dancing Lions’ Open Spring Festival March 25, 2016 | Office of International Affairs
Learning Arabic: Growth & Transformation of My Worldview... March 20, 2016 | Office of International Affairs
Launching the New Alumni Program – CU Culture & Cuisine: Spain... February 17, 2016 | Office of International Affairs
CU Denver Student Hones Language Skills in Jordan
Did you know that the English words “sugar” and “cotton” come from Arabic? Although different languages may share similar words or derivatives, learning another language can still be challenging; Arabic, for example, takes an average of at least 88 weeks of classroom study for a native English speaker to acquire proficiency. To dive even further into learning Arabic, Aaron Ferencik, a senior at the University of Colorado Denver, took the plunge and spent a summer studying abroad at the Princess Sumaya University of Technology in Amman, Jordan.
“I decided to study abroad because I had been overseas before in the military and wanted to go back outside of the country. I also knew that I would not be able to advance my Arabic language skills as far if I did not go to the Middle East and study intensely among native speakers,” said Ferencik.
ESL Specialists Encourage International Students’ Viewpoints
Heun (Ann) An
Home Country: Korea
ESL Academy, alumna, Pre-Engineering/Computer Science
When Heun An received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from a university in her home country of Korea, she wondered what should be her next step. Heun was serious about developing a rewarding career in the computer industry and, at the same time, she felt a tug from her classically artistic side. While visiting her mother in China, where her mother was studying Chinese grammar, Heun received advice from “my mentor”, one of her mother’s American friends.
“My mentor encouraged me to visit Denver and feed my artistic passion,” said Heun. She researched universities online and decided that the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy was indeed “where I needed to focus next.”