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English as second language expands to Tri-Cities

By Zahra Debbek, Office of International Programs

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University is teaching English as a second language at its Tri-Cities campus beginning this month.

The Office of International Programs Intensive American Language Center (IALC) was established in 1984 in Pullman with the goals of teaching English as a second language and preparing international students to study at U.S. colleges and universities.

“We want to globalize our efforts through the university systemwide,” said Asif Chaudhry, vice president for international programs. “We take pride in helping to prepare our students to succeed in a global marketplace.”

The IALC is expanding from the Pullman campus after receiving 20 months of official accreditation.

“We are one of the top programs in the country recognized by NAFSA: Association of International Educators,” said Kate Hellmann, IALC director. “The IALC in Tri-Cities will facilitate the internationalization of WSU while preparing students to academically succeed and matriculate to WSU.”

“This partnership is a critical element to the campus globalization efforts and will provide numerous cultural and economic benefits to the mid-Columbia region,” said Chris Meiers, WSU Tri-Cities vice chancellor for enrollment management & student services.

 

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