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More than 60 Chinese teachers and students arrived at California State University, Los Angeles’ English Language Program (ELP) at the College of Professional and Global Education for summer camp study of English as a second language (ESL), geography, the history of the United States and American culture. The international summer camp was organized by the Jiangsu Province International Education Exchange Center for Xingwan School of Suzhou Industrial Park. Ms. Wujing, teacher at the Xingwan School, said that the Jiangsu Province International Education Exchange Center, which is affiliated with the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education, has successfully helped more than 40,000 students in Jiangsu province to study abroad. They have traveled to four continents, 17 countries and regions to carry out various educational exchange activities. These activities are on an educational basis. Students get the opportunity to practice cultural exchange and improve their English language skills, communication skills, self-care abilities and teamwork skills through visiting and taking classes abroad.
High school students from the Jiangsu Province prepare to return to China after studying English at Cal State L.A.
Dr. Aaron Ostrom, Director of the English Language Program (ELP) at California State University, Los Angeles stated, “Cal State L.A. has been receiving Chinese high school students study groups since 2013. Some of the youngest in these groups are only 12-years-old. More than 60 students came last winter, and the number has risen to over 120 this summer.” During the summer, the Jiangsu Province International Education Exchange Center sent more than 3000 high school students to study abroad. Among them, 60 teachers and students from Xingwan School of Suzhou Industrial Park.
Cal State L.A.'s English Language Program Director, Dr. Aaron Ostrom.
The study group experienced a 16-day study tour visiting cities on the East and West coasts visiting cities such as New York, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia, as well as many of the U.S.’s top universities, such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Military Academy. A week later, they arrived at California State University, Los Angeles to begin their studies and a homestay experience with American families. During their week in Los Angeles, students also visited the Monrovia Fire Department and Arcadia Police Station, and learned about firefighting and first aid. Additionally, they visited the Los Angeles Observatory to enrich their knowledge of astronomy and received certificates of ELP program completion before returning home to China.
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