Dress Codes Here and There

Formal or casual?  Suit, slacks, or shorts?  As I get ready to go to work each day, I have to mull over these tricky options, and it all depends on whom I’ll meet that day, where I’ll be, and what time of year it is.  In many contexts, people may just do what others in their community do – Friday is casual, in a big international company dress will tend to be formal, while in a high tech office, people may be wearing t-shirts. Read More

Cultural Interpretations of Time, and When a Watch Doesn’t Matter

Most of my colleagues inside and outside of A.C.E. seemed to feel that summer never quite came this year.  While I was in Seattle most of the summer, I was also in Bozeman on two occasions in July and August, and in both places the warm days seemed to come and go, with unusual breaks of clouds and rain.  On the positive side, this has made everything greener than usual as well.  But now that we feel the Fall season approaching (you can almost smell the leaves turning color), everyone acts a bit bewildered about what happened to our summer.  But then September arrives and viola, it’s beautiful across the Northwest!  Suddenly, there’s hope for another month of sun and fun.

What made the summer exciting though, were the experiences of students from many different countries getting to enjoy the beauty of the Northwest for the first time Read More

Xenophobia and Golf

As I was driving to the office today, I heard a radio sports commentator interviewing a golf expert about the recent effort of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) to require golfers to learn English better if they want to play on the tour.  Apparently this new ruling is due to the increase in the numbers of professional golfers coming to play from South Korea.   The golf expert commented that he thinks this reflects xenophobia in the association – fear of foreigners – and is sympathetic to the challenge adults have in assimilating and learning a foreign language.  He pointed out that just like American baseball players in Japan, the golfers tend to stick together where it’s comfortable.   I might add, it’s somewhat hard to imagine our American baseball players becoming fluent in Japanese, although I’m sure it happens on occasion.  Read More

A.C.E. 35th Anniversary Announcement

A.C.E. is celebrating its 35th anniversary this September and will continue marking the occasion for the following year. A.C.E. was founded in 1973 after a group of community leaders in Seattle lead by Burton Bard had spent many months meeting to plan the development of an organization which would help promote global understanding through educational programs and language services. Read More

Gyeonggi Province Office of Education Visit to Seattle

A.C.E had the privilege of hosting three senior officials from the Gyeonggi Province Office of Education (GPOE). The group arrived on a beautiful, sunny day in Seattle, WA and were quickly whisked to Lake Union where they boarded the Schooner Mallory for a sailing trip with the 2008 GPOE Teacher Training Program. The three GPOE officials spent the afternoon speaking with students and A.C.E staff, enjoying the views from Lake Union and Lake Washington.

After a day of sailing and sun with the 25 teachers, the three GPOE officials met with A.C.E president David Woodwood and A.C.E Language Institute at SPU director Sally Thomas.  They discussed international education, current training programs and the future collaboration of A.C.E and the GPOE in teacher training programs at Seattle Pacific University. The enjoyable and sucessful visit from GPOE was a happy reminder that what A.C.E does still matters 35 years later, and each year becomes more and more important in this ever shrinking World.

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