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offers academic programs, such as French
language immersion and Arabic language
and culture, for visiting students. It also has
experiential learning programs, such as a
health and nutrition program for which
students spend time teaching basic health
and nutrition skills to parents and children in
rural parts of Morocco. They also work with local
health care providers in delivering medical care.
Students can also volunteer for such projects as assisting at a day-care center in the High Atlas Mountains,
helping the elderly in a retirement home, and spending
time with orphans.

Returning to East Asia to Start an English School
Yi-Chieh Lin

Y

CHINA

i-Chieh Lin believes kids should have exposure to
an international education at an early age.
The native of Taiwan graduated from the
University of San Diego with a master's of education degree
in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
(TESOL), literacy, and culture in 2012, and moved to
Dongguan, China, in 2014 to share her teaching skills.
Since opening the doors of the Pangea Educational
Center this spring, about 35 elementary and middle school
students have been taking part in after-school and weekend
programs to hone their English language abilities. During the
summer, the 9- to- 15-year-olds are offered the opportunity
to attend a summer language camp at the center.
But Lin's focus isn't only on China's children. Dozens
of teachers from Chinese public schools have attended
teacher training sessions and workshops organized by Lin
to improve their own English skills.
Lin enrolled in the University of San Diego in 2008. She
had graduated from Feng Chia University in Taiwan with
a bachelor's degree in international trade the previous
year. By moving to California, she aimed to improve her
English skills.
Her original plan was to obtain a master's degree in
business from the University of San Diego, but after taking
several classes, she decided it wasn't the right fit for her.
Instead, she was drawn to the field of education. She had
tutored students in English in Taiwan, and saw education
as a way to blend together her two loves. "I love kids," she

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says, "and English has been my interest. I love watching
American drama movies, and I love songs in English."
At the same time, "teaching English is a huge market
in Asia."
Lin already had experience in the field. During her
undergraduate years in Taiwan she was a teaching
assistant at the Oxford English Institute and also worked
as a private English-language tutor.
As a graduate student in San Diego, she served as
a teaching assistant and student teacher at the English
Language Academy, which is a part of the professional
and continuing education program at the University of
San Diego.
When she and her husband, who was born in Hong
Kong, decided to move to China in 2014, Lin decided to
start the Pangea Educational Center.
It took time to get her plans off the ground. She spent
a year developing connections between herself and the
government to obtain the approvals she needed. "You
have to find someone on staff (with the government) who
can open the door," she says.
At the Pangea Educational Center she's using the
Cambridge Global English series and Hooked on
Phonics to educate the students. Younger students receive
part of their instruction in English and part in Chinese,
while the older students receive their instruction only
in English. She also strives to teach the youngsters to
develop critical-thinking skills.

SHUTTERSTOCK

ILCS is unique in the country because students are required to spend
one month each year taking part in volunteer work. They may serve in their
home country, or travel to places such
as Senegal, Brazil, and India.
In one of her roles, Lemtouni serves on
the board of CorpsAfrica, a nonprofit founded in 2011. The
organization is a sort of African Peace Corps, and helps
young people from Africa become involved in volunteer
opportunities in their home countries.
Along with having an influence on its own students,
ILCS also is host to an extensive study abroad program. It



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Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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