Brazilians “Nuts” About New York

University students from Brazil participated in an English language immersion program offered by Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY. They took day trips to nearby New York City to test their new English language skills and loved New Yorkers.
Students from Centro Universitario Jorge Anado, Brazil, studied in New York
Students from Centro Universitario Jorge Anado, Brazil, studied in New York
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Aug. 28, 2012 - PRLog -- This summer, a group of university students from Brazil participated in an English language immersion program offered by Monroe College ( in New Rochelle , a suburb of New York City.  But their learning of English was not limited to the classroom.  They were encouraged to take day trips to nearby New York City and elsewhere to put their improving English language skills to the test.  
   While the thought of venturing into New York City might have been intimidating to them initially, the students reported that they found New Yorkers to be very friendly, helpful and even patient.  If they were struggling for the right English words to figure out the subway system or to get to the Statue of Liberty without any unintentional detours, they got the help that they needed from friendly New Yorkers.  
   “People here are so kind,” said an enthusiastic Amanda Souza, an international relations major at Centro Universitario Jorge Anado, in Salvador, Brazil, known locally as  “UniJorge”.   UniJorge planned the ten-day visit to Monroe on account of its reputation for having a large international student enrollment.  “I had a misconception about people in New York,” added Julia Freitas, a journalism student.  “But I had high expectations for this trip and they were met,” she said, noting that the nurturing relationship between Monroe College professors and their students and professors that she had been promised, was fulfilled.  
   UniJorge belongs to an international group of colleges and universities that network with American Universities in order to expose their students to global trends and mores, explained Maria Alessandra, the group’s chaperone.  Alessandra, a professor and Coordinator of the Career Center at UniJorge, also participated in Monroe’s English Language Learning Immersion (ELLI) program. “We have to prepare our students to be competitive with people who come into our country to work.  English is the most important language in business; having English will better our students to compete,” explained Alessandra.  
“ELLI is designed to prepare students, whose primary language is not English, for reading, writing, and verbal skills necessary for success in American colleges and universities,” explained Dr. Janice Girardi, academic dean for Monroe College’s New Rochelle campus.  “Our approach to helping students become more fluent in English is not just through the 24-hours of classroom instruction that they receive, each week, but through cultural immersion. New York City, our working, active laboratory, is just a half-hour away from our suburban campus.  We have an extraordinary toolbox of resources at our disposal to help teach about the American way of life, from museums and world-class cultural programs to New York’s historic landmarks.”
   ELLI students also participate in an intensive language lab in which students from any number of countries practice their English language skills while also sharing their own personal cultural heritages. It’s this educational philosophy of immersing its students into the diversity of cultures and the realities of a global economy that attracted UniJorge students to the Monroe program, according to Alessandra. “Brazil is the sixth largest economy in the world.   Now, all eyes are on Brazil.  We think that many people would like to work there, invest in the country and make a life there.”   

Soccer and Academics for International Students
   Last fall, Jonathan Garbar toured South America extensively to introduce Monroe College and its various associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to local high schools and colleges. Half Colombian, Garbar spent his childhood summers at his grandparents’ farm in Guadalajara de Buga, Colombia. In addition to English, he is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.  Garbar is an admissions counselor for Monroe’s various associate and bachelor’s degree programs, as well as ELLI
.  He is also Head Coach of Monroe’s  women’s soccer team and is on the coaching staff of the College’s year-long Soccer Academy, a progressive program modeled after many professional soccer clubs.  It  is designed to accommodate the needs of a wide-range of male and female soccer players including international students who want to study in America and play soccer.  
   Garbar emphasizes that “Monroe’s ELLI program is designed not just for international students to advance their English language skills to a college level, but also for new immigrants and U.S. citizens for who English is not the primary language spoken at home.”   Academically-qualified graduates of the ELLI program, which is offered in three consecutive 12-week sessions each calendar year, will have their applications expedited for admission into Monroe’s degree programs.  For September enrollment information contact Garbar at or call 914-740-6453.
Source:Monroe College
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