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UNCG Hosts Meeting with EFL Educators from Russia
Dr. Brad Teague, Dr. Penelope Pynes, Dr. David Parsons, and Lynn Bergschneider answering questions from the EFL educators from Russia

On March 28, 2013, UNCG hosted six English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) educators representing different universities and regions in Russia. The visit, sponsored by the US Department of State (DoS), was part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. The six visitors were accompanied by English Language Officers from the US DoS as well as several representatives from the Piedmont Triad Council for International Visitors.

The educators began their visit to Greensboro at Vandalia Presbyterian Church, which holds English language classes for newly arriving refugees from Bhutan, Burma, and the Republic of the Congo. In addition to attending one of these classes, the visitors also met with Dr. Raleigh Bailey (Director of UNCG Center for New North Carolinians), who gave a presentation about the history of immigration in both the US and Greensboro, giving particular attention to US State Department policies concerning refugees.

After arriving on UNCG’s campus, the educators visited the School of Education (SOE) to learn more about the preparation of pre-service and in-service teachers to work with the growing population of English learners in North Carolina. They met with several faculty members and students from the Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) departments, including Dr. Barbara Levin and Dr. Ye He (Co-Directors of the TESOL for ALL grant), Dr. Colleen Fairbanks (TEHE Department Chair), and Traci Bellas (TEHE doctoral student).

The visitors also met with INTERLINK instructors and administrative-support staff, including Dr. David Parsons (Executive Director), Dr. Brad Teague (Director), and Lynn Bergschneider (Academic Coordinator), as well as IPC’s management team to learn more about INTERLINK’s ESL programs on campus. Dr. Penelope Pynes (Associate Provost for International Programs) and Dr. Sarah Krive (Assistant Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College) were also present at the presentation. The guests were pleased with what they had learned and commented that they planned to take some of the ideas discussed back to their own language programs.

To read more about the educators’ visit to the SOE, please visit the SOE news page.


Dr. Nerys Young (second from left) with IPC team

University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Dr. Nerys Young, Professor of American Studies at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, visited UNCG on March 18, 2013. Dr. Young is the faculty advisor for American Studies students from Ulster that study at UNCG. During her visit, she met with Dr. Jeff Jones, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in History at UNCG, and Connor Donan, a University of Ulster student currently on exchange at UNCG. She also spoke to Tom Martinek, Jr.’s (Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs) “Introduction to Conflict and Peace Studies” class about the current political situation in Northern Ireland. The University of Ulster is one of UNCG's original and oldest exchange partners.


University of Leicester, England

Dr. Martin Halliwell, Professor of American Studies at the University of Leicester in England, visited UNCG on March 28. The purpose of his visit was to learn more about academic opportunities at UNCG for his students and connect with faculty in the UNCG History Department. While here, Dr. Martin was able to meet with two of his students currently studying at UNCG on exchange, Frances Skinner and Katrin Rees. He also met with UNCG Department of History faculty members Dr. Chuck Bolton and Dr. Greg O'Brien. The University of Leicester is one UNCG's newer exchange partners, and we hope to continue strengthening the relationship between our institutions. Frances and Katrin are the first exchange students from Leicester, and Leicester is currently hosting the first UNCG students to study there.

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