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  • Alan Ng, English Teacher in China | ALI TESL/TEFL Program
    Keep things simple stupid or KISS and Make class doable and full of success I still strive to follow these principles everyday while teaching my students I also have now learned to Keep the students moving and to draw them out with games and physical activities Don t let them settle into their territories Also have a movie playing in the background when the students walk in Find ways to engage your students physically if possible to keep their attention and interest Incorporate variety into your class and sprinkle in some total physical response TPR if possible Job Opportunities I did not utilize the ALI instructors to help me find a job abroad as I was fortunate enough to land one on my own via the Internet My target country was China and after trying several recruitment agencies I learned that the official Chinese policy for hiring English teachers was that you needed to have two years of experience before a school could hire you However I was lucky enough to get into a Catholic Volunteer program called Maryknoll that had a China Teacher Program for recent college grads With my newly acquired TESL TEFL certification from SDSU and bachelor s degree I was an ideal candidate for them and broke into China that way I have been working here ever since China I took a family vacation to China three years ago after I graduated from college and went to many cities like Hong Kong Guangzhou Guilin Xi an Beijing and Shanghai During one of our tours the tour guide told me that job opportunities were plentiful in China and that one could get a job easily if one had a bachelor s degree Since I had just walked on the Great Wall of China saw the Terra Cotta warriors of Xi an and the beautiful rivers of Guilin how could I pass up an opportunity to live in this country with 3 000 years of history and culture It was after this family vacation to China that I enrolled at ALI s TESL TEFL program I have had a blast these past two years working in China Not only have I gained valuable teaching experience but I have made lifelong friends both Chinese and non Chinese The people you meet when you travel abroad will be some of the most interesting that you will encounter in your life The Chinese students are some of the most respectful and hardworking you will ever meet They are also very helpful and will come to your aid whenever you have problems China in general is undergoing massive changes as it attempts to modernize and climb out of its third world country status Yes there are the glamorous cities of Beijing and Shanghai but that s a small slice of the country The rest of China is not that wealthy or developed The average monthly salary of the Chinese in my former city Jilin is 3 000RMB or 476 Imagine living off

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/02/english-teacher-tesl-tefl-program/ (2015-06-03)
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  • New Golf Elective at ALI
    students get instruction from both Van Loon and the club pros on their swing putting and playing the game to have fun and succeed This type of class gives the students an excellent chance to also practice their English in a non academic setting providing a relaxed and fun environment away from the classroom In addition this semester s class had the opportunity to visit the Carlsbad golf academy where students were able to videotape their swings and receive additional personalized instruction from pros who routinely work with golf pros on the PGA tour The students in the class seem to really enjoy the opportunity to participate in an elective such as this one Van Loon stated and I m sure more will want to sign up as the word gets around how much fun they are having 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 Read More ALI Student Finds Multinational Success Yutaka Matsuda 28 January 2014 7 28 PM No Comments Read More Student Spotlight Zabella Demirtshyan Pre MBA and Pre Master s Program 16 October 2013 10 30 PM No Comments Read More Instructor Profiles ALI Instructor Profile Renee Merrill 27 February 2015 8 24 PM No Comments Read More ALI Instructor Profile Glen Clabaugh 11 November 2014 12 23 AM No Comments Read More ALI Instructor

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/03/new-golf-elective-at-ali/ (2015-06-03)
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  • The ALI is Turning Forty
    top notch and many of them have been with us for more than 20 years says Hillier and I think we stress not only the teaching of English but also how to be successful in the use of English whether it is being learned to go on to a University here or to go back home and be successful in business In fact the ALI has been in existence long enough that often times our faculty members are teaching the children of those whom they taught many years ago I guess that s a result of longevity and confidence in our programs he added Today s ALI students reap the benefits of many developments over the years both in and out of the classroom In the classroom there are many different programs to choose from and many different language skill levels offered in those programs so that each student gets a tailored program that fits their level of English skill Outside the classroom there is a constant offering of activities from community service to trips to Los Angeles the mountains and other fun destinations There are also a variety of elective offerings such as surfing and golf to a whole range of intramural sports that individuals sign up for So keep an eye out for upcoming special events and activities that are being planned to help the ALI celebrate forty years of excellence 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

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/03/the-ali-is-turing-forty/ (2015-06-03)
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  • NAFSA Annual Conference in San Diego
    political and social systems is already and will continue to be the dominant force this century and all of us in higher education have to prepare our students for this global world they will inherit Hirshman said After the welcoming ceremonies guests were taken on campus tours The International Student Center and the American Language Institute hosted luncheons where international guests were thanked for their partnerships in study abroad education Camilla Örnroth general director of Student Travel Schools traveled from Sweden to participate in the annual conference and to visit SDSU We have been working with SDSU for almost ten years and it has been a great experience for our students and this conference and visit is a way of renewing our partnerships Örnroth said Carla Jimenez from Universidad Del Desarollo of Chile also talked about how her students return from studying at SDSU with great things to say It s beautiful here and I now fully understand why my students love San Diego as an exchange destination The campus is beautiful and the city is wonderful Jimenez said SDSU and its ALI will again be represented when the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference and Expo takes place in Boston The ALI is a premier gateway for international students who plan to enroll in a U S university Hillier said Being at NAFSA gave us an opportunity to showcase our proven capability and forty years of experience to institutions worldwide 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

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/07/feature-story-nafsa-annual-conference-in-san-diego/ (2015-06-03)
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  • Program Spotlight – Social Entrepreneurship
    States In addition students are given admission to the SDSU Entrepreneur Society thus being able interact with American students and gain networking opportunities The ALI is collaborating with the Zahn and Lavin centers on main campus in providing resources to assist in the students creation of social enterprises Classes will be structured to improve entrepreneurial skills business knowledge and practical English ability while focusing on successful social business models and strategies Students will also be required to take a weekly Social Entrepreneurship seminar that provides instruction on social entrepreneurship ideas and tools to develop their ideas into social enterprises Students must be at a high intermediate to advanced level of English to be admitted into the program Our goal is for students to come here and learn social entrepreneurship skills so they can create a business and take it back to their country to develop Shah said Tags Social Entrepreneurship 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 Read More ALI Student Finds Multinational Success Yutaka Matsuda 28 January 2014 7 28 PM No Comments Read More Student Spotlight Zabella Demirtshyan Pre MBA and Pre Master s Program 16 October 2013 10 30 PM No Comments Read More Instructor Profiles ALI Instructor Profile Renee Merrill 27 February 2015 8 24 PM No Comments Read More ALI Instructor Profile Glen Clabaugh

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/07/program-spotlight-social-entrepreneurship/ (2015-06-03)
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  • ALI Students Give Back to the Community
    students are sometimes shy to speak English We stayed close to the SDSU students and learned how to speak the same language Eun Hee Cho from Korea is another example of an ALI student helping out in the San Diego community She has taken part in many of the same projects as Alsaeed I like the saying No man is an island If there is somebody who needs help I want to share what I have I also want to keep our nature clean for the community and for the next generation Cho said She also spent a weekend as part of the Aztec Unity Project where ALI students joined their peers from the main campus cleaning up trash from the banks of the San Diego River The day before their clean up effort the group participated in a series of team building exercises to ensure their work together would be enjoyable I participated in the Aztec Unity Project for the same reason as other projects I wanted to help the community The only difference was that we discussed our project after volunteering she said Alan Schuchman the ALI Student Life Coordinator oversees the volunteer program He said that the ALI takes its inspiration from SDSU s five year strategic plan and its aim to be a good neighbor to the surrounding community Starting in spring 2015 ALI students will receive recognition on their program certificates for volunteering on a consistent basis he noted It s heartening to see our students take the extra step to help others he said They re not just students in school they re engaging with all kinds of people and local organizations and making a real contribution You have to appreciate their efforts to extend the value of this experience beyond the classroom Comments

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2014/11/feature-story-ali-students-give-back-to-the-community/ (2015-06-03)
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  • Executive Director’s Corner
    new program debuting this year our IEC S summer term This afternoon program with a curriculum that is centered on our wonderful State of California runs August 3 through September 10 minimum 4 week stay with multiple entry dates making it the perfect choice for a quick summer immersion English course As for the fall and beyond all but the Semester at SDSU Business programs are open for fall and we hope to have the 2016 calendar and fees posted soon Reminders to Our Partners If you do not know your agency code number you may inquire with Jane McClintock our agent relations specialist at jmcclint mail sdsu edu If you change your address or other contact information please let Jane know To contact any ALI staff member directly visit us at ali sdsu edu contact If you have any questions regarding accounting issues please email us at aliaccounting mail sdsu edu Student health insurance is required of all students at all times To expedite registration we can accept insurance confirmation in advance of student arrival via fax or students may purchase insurance online Visit ali sdsu edu HealthInsurance for more information The ALI s office is now open from 7 30 am 5 00 pm Pacific Time Monday through Thursday and 8 00 am 4 30 pm on Friday As always your feedback and questions are welcome Barbara Bass Executive Director 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 Profile Tomomi Aoki 30

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2015/02/executive-directors-corner-5/ (2015-06-03)
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  • ALI Important Dates – March-May 2015
    Semester at SDSU Ends May 18 Summer 2015 EAP Pre MBA and Pre Master s IEC BGEP SE Full Term and Session A Begin May 25 Memorial Day office is closed 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 Read More ALI Student Finds Multinational Success Yutaka Matsuda 28 January 2014 7 28 PM No Comments Read More Student Spotlight Zabella Demirtshyan Pre MBA and Pre Master s Program 16 October 2013 10 30 PM No Comments Read More Instructor Profiles ALI Instructor Profile Renee Merrill 27 February 2015 8 24 PM No Comments Read More ALI Instructor Profile Glen Clabaugh 11 November 2014 12 23 AM No Comments Read More ALI Instructor Profile Brian Mark 17 July 2014 8

    Original URL path: http://ali.sdsu.edu/blog/2015/02/ali-important-dates-march-may-2015/ (2015-06-03)
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