Lost in translation | English conversational program shutting down

The English Language Study Program has served as a bridge between non-English speaking international students and their studies for over two decades, but that bridge is soon to be removed.

According to Sung Lee, the founder and director of International Student Education, international students are no longer allowed to enter the country on the merits of conditional acceptance, or when the person has all that it takes to be a Biola student, minus the ability to speak English fluently. Now, the government only allows for the student to study solely the English language, or participate in normal courses that an English-speaking student would take. In this semester alone seven students have been denied a visa, said Lee. Since the number of students in the program has dropped, this is ELSP’s last semester.

“Twenty-three years ago I have started this program. Now I’m going to retire at the end of this semester and this program is closed,” Lee said.

International students who are coming to…

Read more | chimes.biola.edu

Posted on June 10, 2014 in English language

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