For the next six weeks on Fridays, small essays written by IELP students will be posted!
Last Spring, students in Independent Writing (INDW 150) had to write a final persuasive essay to demonstrate their acquired skills in the class. The prompt was: Imagine that you work for the department of education in your country. You are assigned with selecting English schools abroad in which students could study. Would you have them choose IELP at the UW in Seattle? Why or why not? Try to persuade your reader.
Several students wrote amazing essays. Check back next week for another awesome essay.
This essay was written by Thang Pham
Practicing using English continuously is the most effective way to improve English and thus, study English abroad in an English-speaking country such as the US should be encouraged. From my experience, the IELP program at the UW in Seattle should be considered as one of the best options while selecting a school to study. For not only its efficiency of designing specific tracks that align with students’ demand, but also other factors that support students to have the best outcome in their English.
The first reason to consider IELP at the UW as one of the best English courses is its specific tracks. There are many specific tracks available here, including University Track, Business track, Cultural Conversations. Students, depending on their purpose of learning English, either to get into American school or to use English in business, can always find a track that meets their needs. These tracks help student to focus more on a particular field that learners really need rather than to focus on English in general like in other ESL at other schools. For example, I have been taking the University Track for three quarter for my purpose of entering an American graduate school. I have learned too much from this program, especially the academic English and how to apply it to essay. Since I came from a different education system, this program has also helped to getting used to with the academic style that is used in college here. In short, not only has my English been improved, but my academic skills are getting better and more practical for the US’s colleges.
Yet another reason for choosing IELP at the UW is supporting factors, such as teachers, tutors, facilities, as well as activities to help boost students’ experience to the best. During my time studying here, I have got so much help from teachers and advisors, even outside the class, let alone in-class time. Most of my teachers have wide general knowledge or even major in some specific fields such as political science or anthropology. Therefore, as a student, I always receive my teachers’ bets help for matters that I care about. Also, there are many tutors and assistants that are always willing to help with any difficulties of learning English. It is needless to say, we, students at IELP at the UW, always received wholeheartedly help and support from teachers and facilitators here. In addition, many activities and events are frequently organized to help us have more chance to get to know other fellows in our program, as well as to introduce interesting things about Seattle to us, who just came to Seattle. These factors that mentioned truly boost my experience, both academic and lifestyle, much better than I had expected at the first place.
Some might argue that IELP at the UW is good but it is not good enough to worth the expensive cost that students have to pay. However, if doing an analysis for the cost IELP is only a little higher than the average of ESL program, unless facilities and other supporting factors do not count. Also, quantity and efficiency should be focused on for a good investment. In my opinion, with the outcome that studying in IELP at the UW brings to me, it is a good investment.
For those reasons mentioned above, IELP at the UW should be considered when choosing an English program to study abroad. From my experience, I highly recommend our Vietnamese students to experience the quality here once.