Hello. May has been a good month because we started our new classes and we have had some nice surprises. The students who had orientation in April have started their summer term at HIUC. They have already completed a couple of weeks of classes. I think this will be a good year. The students all seem very friendly and get along with each other. Some of them have to get better at doing all of their homework, but most of them are doing fine.
This term, I am teaching level 1 reading and writing and level 2 listening and speaking. In the listening and speaking class, we have already finished our first presentation, and next week, the students will do their first role-play. In the writing class, we have been looking at making summaries of stories. The students have done three short summaries and two longer ones. This weekend, they will do their third long summary.
In addition to the new classes, we have had some very nice surprises. First, we had one of our old students come back and visit during the first week of new classes. She graduated from HIUC about five years ago. She went to university in Nebraska and studied to be an athletic trainer. She finished her four year program, and then she did a one year internship at a college in Florida. It was great to see her again. It sounded like she had to do a lot of hard work at university, but her hard work paid off, and she became a sports trainer. I hope she continues to have success in the future.
Then a week later, we had a visit from two students who graduated from HIUC about 2 years ago. They are both currently studying in California. One of the students is studying in San Diego and the other one is studying at Merced College. They told us about their classes and their homestay families. It sounds like they have nice homestay families and that they are doing well at school.
Finally, two days later, we had another student visit. He graduated from HIUC about 3 years ago, and he just completed 2 years at SUNY Alfred. We got to see his graduation photos – they looked good. He told us that he was going to transfer to University at Buffalo and keep on studying. It sounds like he had a very good time and studied very hard. He told us about the friends he made, the short trips he took, the activities he joined at the school, and how his classes went. I am sure he will continue to find success when he goes to Buffalo.
It was really nice to see so many old students this month. If we are lucky, maybe more old students will visit us next month, too.