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The largest group of international visitors the Lakeland College English Language Institute (ELI) summer program has ever hosted will arrive on campus this weekend.
Nearly 60 Asians - 46 students from Korea and 11 Chinese professors and administrators - will take part in this three-week program, which is meant to improve their English-speaking skills and, according to ELI Director Tim Fojtik, "give them a flavor of life in the American Midwest."
Throughout the summer, Fojtik and his staff, which includes Lakeland faculty and students, will take ELI participants to local attractions like Lake Michigan and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and to regional ones like Miller Park, Six Flags Great America and a day in Chicago.
Korean students will take English and American culture and language lessons nearly every morning, while the Chinese educators will participate in seminars about various aspects of Lakeland College.
"One of our goals is giving participants an accurate view of American culture in middle America and confidence in dealing with people from other cultures in English," said Fojtik, who has led the summer program for five years.