Student Stories

Sunny Chao-Ying Lee PortraitSunny Chao-Ying Lee

Yunlin, Taiwan
Major at WWU: TESOL

I studied in the IEP program from 1996 to 1997 and then matriculated into WWU's TESOL program. The IEP program really prepared me for my academic studies at WWU. The instructors are attentive, caring, class sizes are small, and because of the international nature of the student population, I had to use my English a lot and as a result, improved very quickly. After graduation, I returned to Taiwan where I taught English. In 2001 I returned to Washington where I obtained my teaching certificate in world languages. Now I'm a certified K-12 Mandarin Chinese teacher in Fairhaven Middle School and Sehome High School. I am grateful for my experience in IEP because it laid a solid English foundation for me which enabled me to successfully complete my undergraduate studies at WWU and prepared me for a career teaching in the U.S.
 

我在1996-1997 年上IEP, 之后转到WWU 的TESOL program. 在IEP 课程中帮助我奠定大学课程的基础。IEP 的小班教学,热心关注的老师, 让我的英文程度进步许多。毕业后我回到台湾教英文。2001年再次回到美国,继续我的学习拿到华盛顿洲的外国语文教师执照,目前在Fairhaven 中学和Sehome 高中教中文。很感谢在IEP 的经验帮助我顺利完成学业并在美国取得工作的机会。

​Jasmine Yang PortraitJasmine Yang

Liaoning, China/Toyko, Japan
Major: Marketing

I am Chinese, but I come from Japan. Yes, I can speak Chinese, Japanese, and thanks to IEP, I can speak English! IEP really helped me prepared my academic English. After I graduated IEP, I started to learn Marketing and Management at WWU. I loved the small sized classes and my exceptional and skilled instructors. IEP always provides fun and excited events for us, such like international potluck, and seasonal events. I love here and wished I could take more classes here.
 

私は中国人ですが、日本から来ました。 そうです、私は中国語と日本語を話せます。そして、IEPのおかげで英語も話せます! 私は、IEPでアカデミック英語を学ばせてもらいました。 IEPを卒業した後、私はWWUでマーケティングとマネジメントを学び始めました。 私は少人数のクラスと非常に優れた、熟練インストラクターが大好きでした。 IEPは、常に学生のために、楽しいイベントを提供してくれます。たとえば、国際的なポットラックや季節的なイベント。 私はIEPがすきで、できたらもっと多くの授業を取りたかったです。

我是中国人,但我来自日本。 是的,我可以讲中文和日文. 感谢IEP,我可以讲英语! IEP真的帮了我准备我的学术英语。 IEP毕业后,我开始在WWU学习市场营销和管理。 我喜欢IEP的小型课程和训练有素的老师。 IEP总是为学生准备各种各样的活动,例如像国际聚聚餐会,和季节性活动。 我很喜欢IEP,希望我可以取更多的英语课。

Carlos Enrique Andrade Torres PortraitCarlos Enrique Andrade Torres

Guanajuato, Mexico
Major: Graphic Design

Well, from where can I start? First of all, Bellingham is a very peaceful city where you can easily go out without any worries. It is also a college town that means that you can find students anywhere which is great because you can find people with whom to have a conversation in every place and practice your English. Western Washington University is a beautiful school that I think is huge! Arriving in the morning and witness all the nature is a wonderful experience. And if you are one of those that look like a zombie in the morning, I suggest you go to any of the cafés inside of the university. If you really like to travel I recommend you go to Seattle or Vancouver BC, which are cities that are within an hour and a half from Bellingham. These are big cities with skyscrapers, shops, boutiques and everything a big city can offer. In academia, IEP is a program in which I have obtained an excellent English skill in just one year. Classes in the Intensive English Program are particularly fun, all these classes are taught by good teachers who really are there to help. After all, being here is one of the best times of my life.
 

Bueno pues ¿por dónde empezar? Primero que todo Bellingham es una ciudad muy pacifica donde es muy fácil salir a la calle sin preocupaciones. También es una ciudad universitaria, esto significa que puedes encontrar estudiantes donde sea lo cual es muy bueno porque puedes encontrar personas con las cuales tener una conversación en todo lugar y practicar tu inglés. Por otro lado Western Washington University es una hermosa escuela que a mi parecer es gigante. El llegar en las mañanas y presenciar toda la naturaleza es una maravillosa experiencia. Y, si tú eres de las que lucen como zombi en las mañanas, te recomiendo que vayas a cualquiera de los cafés que hay en el interior de la universidad. Pasando a otro tema, si te gusta viajar de verdad te recomiendo ir a Seattle o Vancouver B.C. las cuales son ciudades que quedan a una hora y media o dos de Bellingham. Estas son grandes ciudades con rascacielos, tiendas, boutiques y todo lo que una grande ciudad puede ofrecer. En el ámbito académico, IEP es un excelente programa en cual he obtenido un excelente nivel de inglés en tan solo un año. Clases en el Programa de Ingles Intensivo son particularmente divertidas, todas estas clases son impartidas por buenos maestros quienes de verdad están ahí para ayudarte. Después de todo, el estar aquí es uno de los mejores momentos de mi vida.

Bandar (Beno) Banawas PortraitBandar (Beno) Banawas

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Major: Electronic Engineering

I have joined the Intensive English Program because it is considered one of the best programs that teach English for foreign students. Also, the teachers are helpful, caring, and friendly. I can definitely say that I have found what I was looking for. I really like Western Washington University because we have a lot of activities. Such as, Sports Night and International Potluck. Finally, after I graduate from the IEP, I would like to study my major at Western Washington University.
 

انا بندر بانواس وأنا من المملكة العربية السعودية. لقد انضمت إلى برنامج اللغة الإنجليزية بجامعة واشنطن الغربية لأنها تعتبر احد افضل البرامج الخاصة بتعليم اللغة الإنجليزية للطلاب الغير متحدثين بها. كما أن المعلمين رائعين ومهتمين بأمور الطلاب. بعد أن ارتدت هذا البرنامج يمكنني القول انني قد وجدت ما كنت أبحث عنه. وأنا حقا سعيد لأنني ملتحق بجامعة واشنطن الغربية لأن لدينا الكثير من الأنشطة. مثل، يوم الرياضة، ويوم الغداء العالمي. أخيرا، بعد أن أتخرج من برنامج اللغة الإنجليزية، أود أن دراسة تخصصي في جامعة واشنطن الغربية

Giulia Gerolimetto Portrait​Giulia Gerolimetto

Bassano Del Grappa, Italy
Major: Law

Hi guys, I'm Giulia (21) and I come from a little city close to Venice, in Italy. I decided to come in the States to experience a new culture and I can assure you that Bellingham has a VERY different and special lifestyle: people are friendly, causal and easy going and…I really love it!
I'm also in the USA to improve my English and the IEP program is perfect to help me to get my goal: teachers and classes are very stimulating!
Another reason is that I'm really enjoying my time in Bellingham is because I have the possibility to do many outdoor activities like running, hiking and kayaking.
Moreover, Western campus offers many opportunities…everyone can love it!
 

Ciao ragazzi, sono Giulia (21) e vengo da una piccola città vicino a Venezia, in Italia. Ho deciso di venire negli States per sperimentare una nuova cultura e posso assicurare che Bellingham ha uno stile di vita davvero speciale: le persone sono simpatiche ed amichevoli ed io davvero adoro questa cosa!
Sono negli Stati Uniti anche per migliorare il mio inglese e il programma "Intensive English Program" è perfetto per aiutarmi a raggiungere il mio obbiettivo: gli insegnanti e le lezioni sono davvero stimolanti!
Un'altra ragione per cui mi sto davvero godendo il mio periodo a Bellingham è perché ho la possibilità di fare un sacco di attività all'aperto.
Inoltre, il campus universitario offre molte altre opportunità…tutto possono amarlo!

Nana Ono PortraitNana Ono

Hokkaido, Japan
Major: Communication

Taking an IEP class was a good transition for a transfer student like me. WWU was a very different environment than community college. I did not know many people at WWU, but I met great friends through the IEP class. The IEP class also helped me prepare for taking upper division classes. I'm glad that I have learned the basics of research, such as how to use the library's website to find relevant sources and how to properly cite references. I also like how WWU has various clubs and events that help students get used to the campus and make friends. Getting involved with a club was a good way to connect with other students.
 

私のような編入生として入った生徒にとってIEPのクラスはとても良いプログラムでした。WWUはコミュニティカレッジとは異なる環境でしたので、編入した当初は知り合いはほとんどいませんでしたが、IEPのクラスを通して素晴らしい友人に会うことができました。
特にリサーチペーパーを書く際は基礎な有益で信頼できる情報を選ぶ方法やreferenceの正しい書き方など学ぶことができました。また、WWUでは学生が友人を作りキャンパスに慣れるための、様々なクラブやイベントがあります。クラブに所属することは他の学生と知り合うための良い機会でした。

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