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INTERLINK!

Graduating and Departing Students

Sadik Garba and Rajeh Almasradi

INTERLINK Students Sadik Garba (left), from Benin, and Rajeh Almasradi, from Saudi Arabia.

This spring, we said goodbye to 33 students. Twenty-one students graduated from the program, 11 of whom plan to matriculate at UNCG in the fall. Twelve additional students transferred, left to pursue degrees at other universities, or returned to their home countries. As we bid these students farewell, we asked them what they had found most memorable about their time at INTERLINK:

Rajeh Almasradi (Saudi Arabia):“The first day I came to INTERLINK, I couldn’t understand a word. The first day I started to take notes and wrote down vocabulary that I couldn’t understand. I won hardest working student for my level.”

Sadik Garba (Benin): “The teachers are friendly and helpful. We have fun. We have many chances to meet native speakers. You don’t only learn English here. INTERLINK connects you quickly with the American culture and helps us to adapt.”

 



Cristina Gonzalez

INTERLINK Student Cristina González, from Venezuela

Cristina González (Venezuela): “When I talk correctly in English, I feel very proud. This course helped me to improve my English skills. Every day, when I can understand what people are saying, I feel very happy. It’s not just the opportunity to improve your English. It’s the opportunity to know people from other cultures.”

Luning Deng from China was awarded this term’s Outstanding Student Award. He said about INTERLINK, “Although the teachers are strict, they push you and motivate you to work hard. Motivation is how you succeed.” He was also the recipient of the Module Attendance Award during INTERLINK’s Spring I Term.

We congratulate him on all his hard work.

INTERLINK wishes our graduating students well and looks forward to welcoming 20 to 30 new students for the summer term, which begins on May 28, 2012.











Luning Deng

Chinese student Luning Deng,  who received INTERLINK’s Outstanding Student Award for the Spring II term.

INTERLINK Conversation Partners Gathering


INTERLINK hosted a gathering on April 25, 2012, for UNCG students interested in joining the center’s International Conversation Partners Program. A group of approximately 10 INTERLINK students attended the get-together at Foust Park and socialized with prospective participants, who plan to join the program this summer or fall, over pizza and icebreaker games. UNCG students taught INTERLINK students how to play Rock-Paper-Scissors, and INTERLINK students taught UNCG students words and phrases in their native languages.











INTERLINK Soccer Game


INTERLINK students and staff released a bit of end-of-term stress with an informal soccer game in Foust Park on Wednesday, April 11. Since soccer is played all over the world and is a popular sport for many of our students, the game was well attended. INTERLINK students from Saudi Arabia, Benin, China, and Mexico participated.

INTERLINK students playing soccer

INTERLINK students relieve end-of-term stress at an informal soccer game at Foust Park.


Attending a Greensboro Grasshoppers Baseball Game


On April 19, INTERLINK staff and students attended a Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball game. Students from Benin, Korea, and Venezuela came out to learn about the history of Minor League Baseball and its regional significance. They also learned how the game is played and enjoyed hot dogs and cotton candy. The match-up against the Delmarva Shorebirds was a tense, high-scoring game, but the Grasshoppers came through with a one-run victory in the 10th inning.

Previous editions:
- Vol 11, ed 7: April 2012
- Vol 11, ed 6: March 2012
- Vol 11, ed 5: January/February 2012
- Vol 11, ed 4: December 2011
- Vol 11, ed 3: November 2011
- Vol 11, ed 2: October 2011
- Vol 11, ed 1: September 2011

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