By Kate Spoor, Program Coordinator – Summer 2011 at A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University was a noteworthy one! In June, we welcomed back 20 Korean elementary teachers from Gangwon-do International Language Institute (GILI). The teachers spent 8-weeks training at A.C.E. and doing a 2-week practicum at the Northwest School. I was so pleased to have such a gracious, young -hearted, independent group!
A.C.E. also hosted two Japanese programs. Nine students (mostly from Niigata prefecture) visited Seattle as a part of the Junior Ambassador Friendship Mission (JAFM). Professor Shin Yamamoto and his young ambassadors spent 10 days exploring Seattle sites and learning English at A.C.E. with teacher Erin Sebby. Highlights from the program included a visit to the State Capitol Building and Q&A with Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen and Secretary of State Sam Reed.
Our CORE program at A.C.E. integrated 6 students from Tokyo Christian University (TCU). These lovely students had a blast and were involved in activities whenever they got the chance. Some of their teachers made some fond remarks about these special students:
“It was a blessing to have you in my class. I hope you are my tour guide when I visit Japan.” –Emily Van-Dyke Morris
And Valerie Giesbrecht wished each of them to “Stay Gold”.
Thank you so much to our agents, chaperones, and staff for making group programs a memorable one this summer. What fun we’ve had!