DENVER — “Have you ever had a dream and made it happen?” asked Anwar Ali during a presentation to her fellow students and supporters at the Oct. 12 graduation ceremonies in the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL (English as a Second Language) Academy.
When international students enter CU Denver’s ESL Academy, they enter more than an English language immersion classroom—students also delve into a curriculum designed to deepen their understanding and appreciation of life in the United States and in Colorado communities.
CU Denver brings international students downtown to learn English
by Amy Vaerewyck
Layla Almitib has a baby on the way and plans for a PhD. Thanks to the new University of Colorado Denver ESL Academy, language won’t be a barrier to her future.
A native of Saudi Arabia, Almitib moved to Denver two months ago in order to take advantage of the biochemistry PhD program offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In preparation for her graduate coursework, she’s studying ESL (English as a Second Language) at the academy, which opened downtown in Independence Plaza at 16th and Curtis Streets on Jan. 25.
New learning center for international students
By Kelsie McWilliams (News Editor)
The UCD ESL Academy encourages students to only use English, even when they’re conversing in social areas outside of the classroom. This helps students to become fully immersed in the language on a regular basis.
Chancellor touts ‘incredible’ ESL Academy, thanks students for their enriching perspectives
DENVER – The three main goals of the new ESL Academy at the University of Colorado Denver – to provide English language fluency, university degree preparation and a home away from home – were on full display Wednesday for the ESL Academy’s open house on the 16th Street Mall.