Your Friday Readings: Part 6

This is the last segment of Your Friday Readings. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it!

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.

This essay was written by Jia Song

Nowadays, English schools abroad have been known by Chinese people because both educational institutes and parents are willing to send students abroad to practice English. The quality of the English schools concerns school officials and parents, so the department of education investigates several English schools abroad. The IELP at the UW in Seattle is qualified for students to learn English because the IELP English Program has a variety of courses, responsible instructors, and intensive class schedule.

Initially, the IELP English Program possess a variety of courses which can be freely chosen by students. The IELP English Program have numerous academic courses. For example, the ARW 5 course teachers students how to write academic papers when they go to the US university. Researching academic sources and citing these sources by using APA style are the most important skills in the ARW 5 course. These two skills are widely applied in the US university, so the ARW 5 course is a good preparation for attending the US university. Moreover, the IELP English Program offers cultural courses in which students can understand American culture. These cultural courses are instrumental for students to practice English in living situation.

Additionally, the IELP English Program have responsible instructors. At the beginning of one quarter, the instructors will give students syllabus which can tell students the outline of the class, so that the students can have general ideas about the class. Furthermore, the instructors will ask what students want to study, so the instructors can teach this knowledge and skills in later classes.

Lastly, the IELP English Program has intensive class schedule. Intensive class schedule can give students more time to study in spare time. For instance, the class schedule that one student has just occupied 5 hours a day, so she does not need to go to school on the entire day.

The classrooms of the IELP English Program are distant, so students have to walk a long way to reach the classroom. However walking is good exercise for students without spending money and time going to the gym.

In conclusion, the IELP English Program is a qualified English school to choose because it possess various courses, responsible instructors, and intensive class schedule. Students who would like to practice and study English should attend the IELP English Program. After attending this program, they will benefit a great deal in the future.

Your Friday Readings: Part 5

For the next two 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 an IEP student

I would recommend students who need improving their language skills to study in the IELP program, if I have to choose one of these programs for them. The reason why I prefer this program is because of its environment, its teachers, and its location.

I have been studying in IELP for over one year. I think the overall studying atmosphere here is very good. The interactions between students and teachers are efficient. Although the program is very intensive, I got a big improvement of my TOEFL test. Before I started IELP here, I only got 84 out of 120 in TOEFL with low scores in speaking and writing parts. However, now I get 93 out of 120 in TOEFL. What is more, my speaking and writing abilities are also improved.

Teachers in this program are also very good. All the teachers here have a master’s degree, some of them are doctors. Therefore, they are professional in the area of teaching English for people who are not from English speaking countries. What is more, teachers here are always willing to answer students’ questions, very kind and patient.

I always believe that the best way to learn a foreign language is living in the country which speaks that language. Seattle is a big international city, people here are open minded. Therefore, students will have more opportunities to communicate with native speakers and practice their English a lot comparing to some English institutions in China. Although they all guarantee to improve students’ English tests’ scores in a short time, I do not thing this is the best way to learn English.

In conclusion, if you want to study the most original English in the United States, you should choose IELP at UW, Seattle.

Your Friday Readings: Part 4

For the next three 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 Alfie

Recently, parents tend to send their children to the US to study in order to get a better job in their future. However, choosing a city to go to study is the most important thing to consider because they have to think about many aspects such as schools, transportation, and convenience of living. In my opinion, I suggest students to choose the IELP at the UW for some reasons.

First, if students study at the UW they can take a direct flight from Taiwan, and it makes students have a round trip easily. Moreover, changing planes is an annoying thing for everyone, it takes time and students might feel tired when they have to fly from time to time. Thus, studying at the UW is a better choice for Taiwanese; they don’t have to waste time on changing planes.

Secondly, Seattle is a safe city; it doesn’t have any sever disasters such as earthquakes, tornados, and blizzards. Moreover, the crime rate in Seattle is lower than other big cities. Thus, if students study at the UW, parents don’t have to worry about if they will meet any dangerous situations.

Finally, in Seattle, there is no place that people can communicate by Chinese. Unlike Vancouver or LA, people can always speak Chinese in some places in those cities. Therefore, if students live in Seattle, their English will improve a lot in a short period.

In conclusion, studying English at the UW has many benefits. You don’t have to waste time on changing flights and Seattle is a safe city. The most important thing is that students must speak English all the time. It is the best way to learn a second language. Thus, I suggest students to choose the IELP at the UW, and it is the best choice for every Taiwanese.

Your Friday Readings: Part 3

For the next four 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 Kai

In the 21st century, studying abroad is a trend in Taiwan. And yet, how to choose a university is significant. If students can be in the right track, they will develop their English effectively. Otherwise, it might waste a lot of money. If you ask me which program that I recommend, I would suggest the International English Language Program at the University of Washington.

First, the UW is located in Seattle which is one of the most famous city in the US. Seattle has a lot of beautiful views and convenient public transportation so that students who study in Seattle can enjoy their American life easily when they have free time. In addition, the security in Seattle is very good. As a result, the students who live in Seattle do not worry about their safety too much. Thereby, the UW is a good choice because of the convenience and safe life.

Second, almost all teachers in IELP at the UW are experienced and enthusiastic. An experienced teacher can explain English to students very clearly. It helps students to be able to improve their English efficiently. As for enthusiastic teachers, they are willing to spend their time for students. They usually think about how to help students when they do not have classes. Also, they meet students outside of the classes if students ask. Therefore, the high quality of teachers in the IELP at the UW makes students should consider it primarily.

Last but not least, the IELP at the UW has rich resources such as a great library and some useful activities. The library in the UW is not only offers a great many books from different areas but also offers a lot of computers for UW students. As to clubs, the UW has many great activities such as culture night and exchange partners.

In conclusion, the IELP at the UW is the best choice for students due to good location, great teachers, and useful resources. I would highly recommend students to study there.

SUMMER IN SEATTLE…AGAIN

keikoDo you ever imagine where you will be in 30 years? Maybe you will be in the IELP! That’s what happened to Keiko Monden. Right now, Keiko is a student in the Business-focused Short Term English Program (STEP). But her UW story started 31 years ago, when she came to the IELP to participate in the Tsuda School of Business Intensive English program. She fell in love with Seattle. She remembers her dorm room in Haggett Hall, a class trip to the Burke museum, and a lasting friendship she made with the Hanzeli’s, a prominent UW family.   She has been back to Seattle to visit several times. But Keiko recently celebrated her 31st anniversary at the Central Bank of Japan, and she decided to use her leave time to return to the UW as a student. I asked her what has changed in the last 30 years ago. “The internet!” she said right away. When she first came to Seattle, she needed a printed map to get around now. Now she just uses her smartphone. “I can’t be lost anymore.” She is also surprised by some of the changes on campus. She is staying in the new dorms, and loves the remodeled HUB. Although she remembers Suzzallo library, she did not recall its beauty. Keiko admits that studying in STEP isn’t as relaxing as being a tourist, but she is still managing to catch up with old friends and explore the city she loves. When she returns to Japan, she hopes to use what she has learned in Seattle to help plan international conferences.

Your Friday Readings: Part 2

For the next five 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 Bess

Recently, English is significant in human’s life because people in different countries communicate with each other by using English language. Even though people can use another language to communicate but English is more worldwide. Therefore, many parents want their children to study English when they are young. However, there are many places to study English. The IELP at UW in Seattle is one of the best choices that you are looking for because the University of Washington is well-known, and teachers are high qualities, also the weather in Seattle is quite similar in Thailand.

There are many IELP in the US but if you search on the internet, you will see the University of Washington is the top 10 ranking in the world. That is because the UW is really well-known university. This university has a lot of smart students, so an environment can make you feel like you are one of these students. Moreover, you will be proud of yourself if someone asks you where you study because people will know at the first time.

Furthermore, there are many high quality teachers in the IELP at the UW. Most teachers have a high education, so you do not need to worry about their background. As a result of having a good background, that means teachers also have a lot of experience and knowledge, you will get more information from this school. Consequently students in one are not as many as some schools, so teachers can focus on each student.

Another reason is the weather. The weather in Seattle is quite the same in Thailand, so you do not need to adapt yourself a lot. In other words, you will get used to living in Seattle more easily than other countries or other cities. Also, if you’re concerned about food in Seattle, I can say you do not need to worry because there are many delicious food in this city. I am pretty sure you will gain weight after staying in Seattle.

In conclusion, studying in the IELP at the UW in Seattle has many advantages, for example, the UW is very famous university, and teachers have high education. Also, the weather is similar in Thailand. Therefore, I highly recommend students who are interested in studying English should go to the IELP at the UW in Seattle.

Your Friday Readings: Part 1

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.

My Experience in the IELP Classes

This blog post was written by Ziaulrahman Mushkalamzai, a Campus IEP student.

The IELP Program of University of Washington is very effective program designed for international students. There are many English programs in the world, but, I say, this is a very well organized program. As an international student at the IELP program from Afghanistan, I would like to share my experiences with my friends (all of you) who have plan to improve or learn English.

When I came to the U.S for the first time, I was very curious and always thinking “How can I improve my English? Is IELP an appropriate program for me?”. When we took the placement test and started our classes,  I felt from the first day of the class that I can learn English here. As expected, my first quarter was full of achievements. I learned English as I hoped. I really improved my grammar, listening, speaking and reading skills. The instructors were very helpful and supportive in all classes and they inspired me and my classmates to learn English. If someone received poor grades, the teacher would always come to him and ask, “What is the problem? Was my method of teaching not helpful?” The teachers said that they would change their method because they emphasized that their purpose is the understanding of students.

The other method that was extremely useful was that every Monday we had different group discussions with lecturers where we were discussing various issues. That was the benefit of different methods that caused us to learn many things in a short time period. In this quarter, I took writing and grammar, listening and speaking, and reading classes. In these classes, I saw the effective teaching methods of teachers and they were able to transfer their knowledge to the students very easily.

In my grammar class, the handouts were very helpful and our instructors described things clearly and simply. In addition, we also had practical lessons, in which we learned how to describe things. In the listening and speaking class, every day the teacher was dividing us into groups and we had free discussion for around five minutes.

In the reading class, one day we had the vocabulary quiz. The teacher took the quiz and corrected our errors. Next day at class time, suddenly our teacher said, today we have the same quiz as yesterday, and I would like to know how much you remember your errors that I corrected yesterday. We were surprised and some students scored lower grades than the previous day. It was an interesting experience.

My dear friends and brothers there are many benefits to learning English in the foreign countries particularly at the University of Washington- IELP program.I can’t describe these benefits in just two pages and I think my office- LESPA- made the right decision  to enroll me at the University of Washington for learning English language to prepare me for the law school. I would not have the same opportunity if they chose somewhere else. I strongly recommend this program to everyone who is looking to learn English effectively.

 

Student Spotlight: Our Partner School, UW Tacoma

Taotao Li has accounting in her blood. She majored in accounting at Shanghai University (LIXIN). The president of her University is called the “Father of Modern Accounting” because he introduced accounting to China.  Taotao knew she wanted to continue her education, but the first time she applied to graduate school she was not accepted. So she hopped on a plane and came to Seattle to improve her English. And she is much closer to her goal now.

A few weeks ago Taotao learned that she was accepted into the Master of Accounting program at the UW Tacoma Milgard School of Business. She will begin in Fall quarter, after she completes University Track. I asked her what helped her achieve her goal. First, she made a lot of connections. “Don’t be shy!” she tells us. She talked to advisors and teachers in the program she wanted to go to. Second, in her application she had to successfully highlight her strengths and explain her weaknesses, which was challenging. Good luck in graduate school, Taotao!

If you are interested in learning about the UW Tacoma, come visit on Friday 7/29.  We will meet in the UW Tower Lobby at 11:45 and drive together to tour the campus and visit with an international advisor.

Taotao

Congrats Taotao!

Taiwanese Food in Seattle

This blog post was written by Yu-Wei Chen, a Campus IEP student.

I believe that everyone embraces the excitement of first coming to Seattle, but after a few months, we all confront some level of homesickness for our country. Whether you are missing your family, your friends, or your culture, and the delicious foods near your house. I spent some time exploring Taiwanese restaurants in Seattle. I tried to find the flavors from my hometown. Even though it is not exactly like my hometown flavor, these are my recommendations if you want to try some Taiwanese foods in the Seattle area.

Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea

The most famous food/beverage from my country is bubble tea. Many of my friends like to drink bubble tea and it has become their favorite beverage.

I asked them about their favorite place, and found out that most good bubble tea shops in Seattle are near the University of Washington.

Sharetea UW (U District)

3510 Stone Way N Seattle, WA 98103

Yelp rank: 4.5(230 reviews)/price $

Tea Republik (U District)

4527 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Yelp rank: 4.5(184 reviews) /price $

WOW Bubble Tea (U District)

4527 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Yelp rank: 4.5(184 reviews) /price

Oasis Tea Zone (U District)

519 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98104

Yelp rank: 3.5(519 reviews)/price $

Jewel Box Cafe (Northgate)

321 NE Thornton Pl、Seattle, WA 98125

Yelp rank: 4(506 reviews)/price $

As you can see, there are many bubble tea shops new UW and even more in the whole Seattle area. I hope you can find your favorite flavor in these shops.


Next, I will introduce some Chinese/Taiwanese restaurants.

Boiling Point (International District/Bellevue)

International district: 610 5th Ave. South Seattle, WA 98104

Bellevue: 1075 Bellevue Way NE. Bellevue, WA 98004

Yelp rank: 3.5(445 reviews)/price $$

Boiling Point

Boiling Point is a traditional Taiwanese style hot pot restaurant. It is a good idea to go there if the weather is cold. Remember that they only accept customers who show up in line and sign up on the list. There is no reservations in this restaurant. Boiling Point 2

Looking for Chai Tawianese Kitchen (Edmonds)

22511 WA-99 #100, Edmonds, WA 98026

Yelp rank: 4(137 reviews)/price $$

Looking for Chai

This is what it looks like outside

Chai Pork Buns

The best pork buns in Seattle?!

Chai Milk tea

The bubble tea here is pretty good and called “Cookie Milk Tea”

Facing East (Bellevue)

1075 Bellevue Way NE B2, Bellevue, WA 98004

Yelp rank: 4(1293 reviews)/price $$

Facing East

This is one of the best Taiwanese restaurant in the Greater Seattle area. It is close to Bellevue square so the location is pretty nice. The price is a little bit expensive, but I recommend that you try it at least one time when you live in Seattle.

Three Cup Chicken

Many people like their “Three Cup Chicken”

Facing East Braised Pork Hock

Braised Pork Hock is really nice!

Din Tai Fung (University Village/Bellevue)

University Village: 2621 NE 46th St

Bellevue: 700 Bellevue Way NE #280

Yelp rank: 4(1057 reviews)/price $$

Din Tai Fung

The most famous Taiwanese restaurant also has branch stores in the Seattle area. Din Tai Fung was awarded one Michelin star and has a good reputation all over the world. If you want to try Taiwanese food, Din Tai Fung can be your number one choice. Notice that this restaurant also doesn’t accept reservations, so go there early to enjoy the delicious Taiwanese meals.

xiaolongbao

Although there are lots of good Taiwanese restaurants in Seattle area that I haven’t introduced, I hope this brief introduction can intrigue your interest in Taiwanese cuisine.