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  • ALI Student Profile – Valeria Garcia Alvarez
    and soccer and she is a fan of Major League Baseball in the United States In fact she grew up with the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball All Star catcher Miguel Montero who is also from Caracas Valeria has watched the Diamondbacks play here in San Diego and she also spent a weekend in Phoenix Ariz going to Diamondbacks games One of the things she likes most about SDSU is the Aztec Recreation Center ARC where she works out every day This school for me is one of the best she said There is a lot of activity People here are very friendly and polite The teachers here are very good When not in class at ALI Valeria takes advantage of the many activities arranged by the ALI such as trips to various tourist destinations in San Diego and the surrounding area I love San Diego she said It s like Venezuela with the beaches It s also very important for me to see the mountains I wouldn t get to see them in places like New York Boston and Miami San Diego is a huge city with so many things to do Valeria is discovering that by being so active at the ALI SDSU and in San Diego Tags ali sdsu Comments Closed Comments are closed You will not be able to post a comment in this post ALI Program Blogs Semester SDSU Posts English for Academic Purposes Posts Intensive English for Communication Posts Business English for Global Practices Posts Social Entrepreneurship Posts Student Profiles ALI Student Profile Sofia Rodriguez 11 February 2015 11 54 PM No Comments Read More ALI Student Profile Tomomi Aoki 30 October 2014 4 38 PM No Comments Read More ALI Student Profile Valeria Garcia Alvarez 21 July 2014 3 42 PM No Comments

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/07/ali-student-profile-valeria-garcia-alvarez/ (2015-06-03)
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  • ALI Student Finds Multinational Success – Yutaka Matsuda
    says to this day to other international students Yutaka couldn t speak English so you can do it You can speak English like him Wait a couple of months or a couple more years He goes on to say that he had a great connection with his host family and they taught him how to live shop and other basic daily things in San Diego Today Yutaka has a job with a Japanese mushroom company located in San Marcos They hired him as a translator and interpreter in Japanese English and Spanish I run a department so I have 25 employees and I work between our manager who came from Japan and 25 employees who speak Spanish or English Yutaka explains Yutaka decided to stay in San Diego because he loves the weather has been here for ten years so he has many friends in the area and has a great job Yutaka goes on to talk about how ALI helped him with the job he has now He states The ALI helped me with my English of course and applying for graduate school at San Diego State University Yutaka wanted to explore English speaking people and then also Spanish speaking people and the Latin American Studies at SDSU allowed him to do that He explains Latin American Studies has a great connection with Mexico I have had so many opportunities to communicate with Mexican people here in San Diego Also the Latin American Studies program required its students to take or speak Spanish or Portuguese I could speak Spanish but I was interested in Portuguese too Then I started to focus on my essay to graduate from San Diego State University and my topic was Japanese migrants in South America especially Brazil At the beginning Yutaka didn t plan to stay here for ten years He states I just wanted to take classes and then wanted to have a master s degree in the U S I planned to study only then planned to return to Japan after graduate school My parents want me back home but I have a great opportunity to work in San Diego Yutaka s graduation was the first time his parents came to San Diego Yutaka reveals My dad had never left Japan and it was a huge experience for him It was his first experience on a plane for many hours He was unable to fall asleep in his economy seat for his 10 hour plane ride so he slept on the floor The flight attendants were not too happy When Yutaka s parents came to San Diego they were amazed at the campus Yutaka explains Japan is four islands and also so many people so there s no land At the end of the graduation ceremony I made a speech Before I started I cried it was an emotional moment for me because my parents were here Some valuable advice Yutaka had to offer was It s ok that you are an

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/01/ali-student-finds-multinational-success-yutaka-matsuda/ (2015-06-03)
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  • Student Spotlight – Zabella Demirtshyan – Pre-MBA and Pre-Master’s Program
    goal from childhood to study marketing So as a child were you marketing things Yes I believe I am a creative person who is constantly thinking of ideas how to market things What brought you to the ALI When I finished my university study I landed an internship in an advertising agency in Russia However my goals have always been more international so I decided to get global business experience in America I enrolled in the ALI for its Pre MBA and Pre Master s program to prepare to study for my MBA I researched many schools but I liked the ALI program because it s short term I like that it s a four month commitment What is your favorite thing about SDSU I like the teachers They are open to communicate with students And of course I like the SDSU university campus It s very big and beautiful university Every day I have a beautiful view it brings me harmony Demirtshan at Pacific Beach What s your favorite things about San Diego the city I know this is a common answer but it s the beautiful beaches and the weather I m from Moscow so I m happy about the weather and beach in San Diego What are your future plans I want to enroll in an MBA program and after completing that I want to start my own business I want to create an international marketing agency in Moscow How are your fellow classmates and students I communicate with all my classmates Most of them are from China My best friends are from Norway and Africa What do you do when you re not in class or studying I found an Armenian Student Association on Facebook so I spend my off time with them It s a small association We get together to plan events like an Armenian bonfire near the beach It s nice to communicate in my own language What are your favorite thing to eat and your favorite restaurant A lot of students love In n Out and Chipotle I prefer sushi and green food I get nervous if I can t find healthy food I enjoy European cuisine and my favorite is Italian pastas and pizza in Little Italy What surprised you most when you arrived here Not surprised but difficult I don t like being without my family I also have never tried to cook or do housework by myself since my mother does everything At home all I did was study and now I have to do these things It s been a difficult part of my stay in America but I feel I really need to do it I m so happy that I m doing things by myself and leading my life on my own Comments Closed Comments are closed You will not be able to post a comment in this post ALI Program Blogs Semester SDSU Posts English for Academic Purposes Posts Intensive English for Communication Posts Business

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2013/10/demirtshyan/ (2015-06-03)
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  • ALI Instructor Profile – Renee Merrill
    her undergraduate studies and intensified when she accepted a position to work as an online marketing intern Merrill worked for the company writing blogs managing social media accounts and creating websites She turned that into her own business for the past 2 ½ years but put the business on hold due to her full time teaching schedule My students learn so many valuable things Merrill said Not only are they learning business concepts they are also learning that business culture varies from country to country They learn a lot about business culture through class It will help them when they begin their careers in multinational companies Not only are they applying what they learn in America they are also learning customs in a multitude of countries such as Japan Germany Brazil Taiwan and many others It s an extremely good skill to have Another advantage her students enjoy is that she is one of the youngest instructors on the ALI staff meaning college aged students are able to better relate to her and feel comfortable asking questions regarding practical business applications or life in San Diego One of the things I love about my job is that I am able to help them with language culture and business she said It makes me feel good when I hear my students applying vocabulary and theories that they learned in my classes a few sessions ago Comments Closed Comments are closed You will not be able to post a comment in this post ALI Program Blogs Semester SDSU Posts English for Academic Purposes Posts Intensive English for Communication Posts Business English for Global Practices Posts Social Entrepreneurship Posts Student Profiles ALI Student Profile Sofia Rodriguez 11 February 2015 11 54 PM No Comments Read More ALI Student Profile Tomomi Aoki 30 October

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2015/02/ali-instructor-profile-renee-merrill/ (2015-06-03)
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  • ALI Instructor Profile – Glen Clabaugh
    Diegan who attended Mt Carmel High School He said he attended a plethora of community colleges in the area while figuring out what he wanted to do career wise He became a social science major at Chapman College and earned a single subject degree to teach history Thereafter he substituted in the Poway Unified School District and worked in different positions He spent six years in supervision and after school detention for the bad kids Then he worked five years as director of education for Sylvan Learning Centers Unfortunately he was out of work for two years when the economy took a downturn in 2008 09 Along came the TESL TEFL Certificate program and a timely career change Known for his humor among ALI faculty and staff members he also carries his style over to the classroom In fact his students get duded many times when he speaks to them My students want it he said They hear what real Americans say After they get duded I will explain something to them in American English and tell them what it means As an example Clabaugh cites a recent vocabulary test where he and his students disagreed on the meaning of maintain They assumed it meant preserve he was emphasizing to state or affirm Yes the English vocabulary is difficult to learn with different meanings for similar words Away from the office Clabaugh teaches Kung Fu and enjoys going to the desert with his wife Comments Closed Comments are closed You will not be able to post a comment in this post ALI Program Blogs Semester SDSU Posts English for Academic Purposes Posts Intensive English for Communication Posts Business English for Global Practices Posts Social Entrepreneurship Posts Student Profiles ALI Student Profile Sofia Rodriguez 11 February 2015 11 54 PM No

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/11/ali-instructor-profile-glen-clabaugh/ (2015-06-03)
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  • ALI Instructor Profile – Brian Mark
    TOEFL test Mark received his Bachelor s degree in psychology and English at the University of Connecticut I couldn t stand the winters there he said My mom spent most of her childhood in Pomona California I wanted to move out to California and see if I liked it there After college he moved to Santa Rosa about an hour north of San Francisco and began working for the AmeriCorps service and community program His primary roles included tutoring children during school hours and working with underprivileged kids after school Mark originally came to California to establish state residence for attending graduate school He applied in 2009 to study for his master s in linguistics at SDSU because it was the only program that still was accepting applications to begin in the following fall Everything has subsequently worked out well from his job at ALI to starting a family He and his wife have a daughter Juliet who will be three years old in October and a son Gianluca who turns one the same month His wife grew up in Chula Vista and he also now calls San Diego and ALI his permanent home It s really nice at ALI in terms of teaching Mark said We are encouraged to try new things to make it better for the students This is not a complacent institution Creativity is encouraged Spoken like a true San Diegan Tags American Language Institute Comments Closed Comments are closed You will not be able to post a comment in this post ALI Program Blogs Semester SDSU Posts English for Academic Purposes Posts Intensive English for Communication Posts Business English for Global Practices Posts Social Entrepreneurship Posts Student Profiles ALI Student Profile Sofia Rodriguez 11 February 2015 11 54 PM No Comments Read More ALI Student

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/07/ali-instructor-profile-brian-mark/ (2015-06-03)
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  • ALI Instructor Profile – Wes Bennett
    countries throughout Asia Central America and Europe In his early thirties Bennett left the volunteer field and finished his English degree at Indiana Wesleyan University Returning to his New England roots he moved to Boston and taught English as a Second Language ESL at a private school He fell in love with teaching ESL for three reasons his love of the English language his love for travel If I can t travel they can come to me and his love for teaching While in New England Bennett earned his Master s degree in English education at Boston University He subsequently taught one year of high school but discovered that his true passion was teaching ESL I love teaching international students because they are usually so full of life Bennett says I worked with a variety of people such as the defense minister of Ukraine a Taiwanese movie star and Miss Brazil Teaching ESL in the heart of Harvard Square for seven years was a big thrill because of the national and international dignitaries visiting Harvard It was common to walk down the street and pass a Supreme Court justice or the president of Brazil Bennett says We could take our ESL students to many fascinating lectures as well After seven years of teaching in Boston Bennett chose to come to San Diego because he loved the city and the weather of course He has been a permanent fixture at ALI since February 2006 Here at the ALI it is very academically oriented Bennett says Our students in the English for Academic Purposes EAP program are not just here to learn English At ALI we have the goal of preparing them for the rigors of SDSU or other universities Consequently the level of dedication professionalism and commitment from the people I

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/02/wes-bennett/ (2015-06-03)
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  • ALI Instructor Profile – Brian Smith
    Spanish and coaching football After a few years Smith moved to California to pursue graduate studies at Westminster Theological Seminary While living there he learned about the TESL TEFL Teacher Training Program at the American Language Institute Smith adds I enrolled and those four weeks were life changing for me The old spark for teaching ESL was reignited this time with high octane fuel After receiving the TESL TEFL certificate I was invited to teach classes and at the same time was accepted to SDSU s MA program specializing in applied linguistics Today married for 13 years to his wife Katie Smith has two sons Gabriel 11 and Noah 9 In addition to being an ALI homestay family they regularly have dinners game nights and movie nights He adds We get out the projector throw a bed sheet up on one of the walls pop some corn and convert the living room into a mini cinema for our extended ALI family At the ALI Smith is a part of many classes and special projects working with IEC EAP and the Pre MBA Pre Master s programs He is currently teaching Beginning Grammar Intermediate Listening Intermediate Writing and a couple of electives for the IEC program I m also teaching some very talented hard working students in Pre Master s Reading and Pre Master s Writing he says Regarding working at the ALI at SDSU Smith says this The ALI is an amazing place I count myself extremely blessed to work with such masterful creative instructors and to be part of an organization that is being directed by caring forward thinking leaders But that s not all that makes the ALI special there s the amazing student body In just the past year I ve had the awesome experience of working with stellar students from 26 different countries of the world And for a backwoods country boy like me that s pretty special Two Questions for Brian Smith What do the ALI students give you I can have the worst start to a day and within 60 seconds of being with my students in the classroom I m all smiles As I watch with awe my students remind me daily that dedication to a dream is a valuable thing maybe even the most valuable thing there is What is your most memorable moment at the ALI There are so many memorable moments The first thing that comes to mind is the first day of an Advanced Pronunciation class I was teaching I wanted to encourage the students to persuade them that that they could improve if not completely master the American accent So I showed them a short video clip of interviews with bearded Appalachian folks tawkin up a storm The students wide eyed and jaws dropped refused to believe that I up until age 16 spoke exactly and nothing but Appalachian Comments Closed Comments are closed You will not be able to post a comment in this post ALI Program

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2013/10/smith/ (2015-06-03)
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