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Tompkins Cortland Hosts International Partners for Intensive English Institute

June 28, 2012

For the third year, Tompkins Cortland Community College is hosting the Summer Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute, which teaches English to faculty and staff from higher education institutions in other countries. This year the program has 58 participants from six different universities in Colombia, nearly triple the number of participants of the first year of the program. The five-week program is run by the College's Global Initiatives Office.

Tompkins Cortland has long had an international focus during the summer, hosting students from partner institutions with the Global Connections program each of the last 19 years. While the Global Connections program continues to bring many students to campus for summer classes, the ESL Institute began three years ago to specifically address the needs of university professionals, including faculty, researchers, and administrators. The ESL Institute participants spend approximately 20 hours per week in classes, with different tracks based on each person's professional needs and current level of English comprehension. Time is also dedicated to professional development workshops and experiencing the culture and beauty of Central New York, including tours of universities and landmarks in the region.

This 2012 Summer Intensive ESL Institute runs through July 14.