For 10 students from Shandong Institute of Commerce and Technology (SICT), two weeks in March were an opportunity to gain perspective on the education system in the United States.
Their experience was part of the Cultural Immersion Workshop, a joint venture between SICT and the Clemmer College of Education at ETSU. SICT and ETSU signed an articulation agreement last fall.
“This has been a way to broaden the cultural experience of students and faculty from both institutions,” said Dr. Karin Keith, chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “The students attended our classes on campus and became acquainted with our own students. This really helped them to practice their English.”
While in Johnson City, the students from SICT attended courses and learned about writing a narrative essay, creating a résumé, and comprehending English grammar and usage. The students also visited pre-school through 12th grade classes, as well as local businesses.
“And they took part in some of the recreational activities offered by the region,” Keith said, “like visiting Barter Theatre and Biltmore, shopping in Pigeon Forge and biking on the Tweetsie Trail.”
Last summer, SICT, which is located in Jinan, China, hosted four students and two faculty members from ETSU for a similar three-week abroad program.