MPH Partners with SU in Pilot Language Program
April 5, 2012
Manlius Pebble Hill School and Syracuse University are launching a cooperative language program that teams MPH students studying Chinese with SU students from China who are learning to speak English.
It’s a pilot program that began this week. SU students participating in the program have come to MPH for face-to-face meetings with participating MPH students. The two groups are being paired up for regular Skype study sessions. MPH teacher Wei Gao says the collaborative effort will benefit her students by giving them additional opportunities to converse with native speakers of Mandarin.
The trial program is the idea of Maureen Edmonds, who teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) in SU’s English Language Institute. She says the native speakers of Mandarin are studying English in preparation for taking courses at the university, and she believes the collaborative MPH-SU effort will help them in achieving fluency in English. The ESL students, she says, might also be good sources of information for MPH students who are planning to study abroad.