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You will get to know your ELI classmates during class time, and you will also build friendships that extend outside the classroom. Each semester the ELI students enjoy group social activities such as visiting museums and environmental parks, going bowling, and eating at local restaurants together. Other past activities have included coloring Easter eggs, carving jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween, and exploring a state park. Every activity is an opportunity to explore American culture!
In this program, similar to conversation partners programs, interested international and American students meet for conversation. C.H.A.T members meet each week to practice English, exchange cultural information and ideas, and build friendships. Students in the programs also share a meal to wrap up the semester. It's a great way for international and American students to meet and become friends!
"Conversation Partners has allowed me the opportunity to connect with a different and very interesting culture. I've made a lifelong friend and also learned more about myself and the world around me. I would recommend to anyone getting involved in Conversation Partners!"
"It is a precious time to see Jolynn. I don't have enough opportunities to make friendships with Americans because I don't have American classmates in ELI classes, and even if I have a chance to meet any Americans, it's hard to catch their words. I have learned many things from Jolynn. Whenever I have questions about English or American life, I ask her. On Halloween, I wanted to cook pumpkin seeds, but I didn't know how to cook them. So I asked her, but she didn't know. Then we asked a cook at the cafeteria. The cook told us the recipe, but I couldn't understand it, so Jolynn wrote down the recipe for me. But I failed to cook them. Finally, she cooked them by herself for me! I will be able to cook them on next Halloween."
Each summer Lakeland College hosts groups of international students who come to spend four or five weeks studying English and exploring the Sheboygan community while practicing their language skills. They live in apartments on Lakeland's campus. Students experience American culture while preparing for full-time study in American colleges.
They also spend time with an American host family, taking classes, studying, and participating in optional evening activities. They spend time each weekend visiting cultural and tourist attractions in Sheboygan. The students are accompanied, assisted, and befriended by Lakeland College Language Partners who live on campus. At the end of the program, students return to their home country. It is not unusual, though, for summer program students to return to Lakeland College for their academic study.
All students who come to Lakeland summer programs get to know American students who serve as language partners, tutors, and friends. In addition, the summer program involves weekend trips to local festivals and sights as well as to destinations like Great America, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Wisconsin's state capital, Madison.