Eight Brazilian students from Lakeland's English Language Institute proudly shared information and anecdotes about their home country for a couple of hours on Wednesday.
The students, who represent a new initiative by the Brazilian government, gave presentations via laptops to fellow Lakeland students, faculty and staff at the Daily Grind on campus. The friendly Brazilians talked excitedly about their native food, mountains, beaches, waterfalls, food and drink and many other cultural aspects of their country.
As part of Brazil's "Science without Borders" program, these students are sharpening their English skills through the ELI. After that, they will study high-level science and technology for one year, either at Lakeland or at another U.S. college or university.
While Lakeland has welcomed individual students from Brazil in the past, this new program brings the most students ever from that country at any one time.
"These Brazilian students come to us with great enthusiasm and excitement," said Jennifer Alig, Lakeland's director of international recruitment. "We are thrilled to have this new relationship, which brings a new dynamic to the ELI and to Lakeland College."