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Go Teacher Newsletter Center for English Language Programs Volume 2, Issue 1

WELCOME GO TEACHERS! The Go Teacher noncredit program prepares educators to be highly qualified teachers of English to students who are learning English as a second/ foreign language in Ecuador. The overarching participant goals of the Go Teacher program include:

Go Teacher Goals

3. Increase the knowledge and skills needed to be highly effective teachers of English.

1. Interact in an intensive English learning environment situated in a native English speaking context. 2. Achieve advanced levels of English competency to support their teachings of English to students in Ecuador.

Feb. 6, 2014 December/January

Inside this issue: Dr. Menking’s Address


Graduation & Arrivals




Student Spotlight


Letters From Staff


Important Dates


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Go Teacher Program The “Go Teacher” program at NMSU started in January 2013. The program is funded by the Ecuadorean Ministry of Higher Education,

Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT) to improve the English language proficiency of participants and to obtain certification to teach English as a

second language. At NMSU, teachers increase their English language fluency and expand their knowledge of current English language teaching methodology.

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Dr. Cornell Menking’s Welcome Letter Everyone: NMSU has Ecuadorians– and we couldn’t be happier! As we enter our second year of hosting Ecuadorian “Go Teacher,” we are learning from past experience and only making the program stronger. Working closely with our colleagues at Kansas State University, we have improved our efforts to integrate experiences in the schools and have strengthened our ability to integrate the Go Teachers into our Center for English Language Programs. This semester, we are even integrating a leadership training component into the curriculum. The campus has definitely taken notice of the increased presence of Ecuadorians. From International Education Week to the annual homecoming parade and International Festival, Ecuadorians are joining various student clubs and are making friends with our local students. Even community members have begun to get involved and are joining in various activities with the Ecuadorians! Our faculty also find advantages in having Ecuadorians on campus, as their students get to know Ecuadorians and bring that knowledge into classroom discussions. Finally, our successful involvement with the Go Teacher Program has led NMSU to deepen its ties with Ecuador. In January, 2014, I had the privilege of taking a delegation to Ecuador that included our Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Daniel J. Howard, the Director of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, Dr. Janet Green, and Kristian Chervenock, Interim Director of the Office of International Initiatives. In Ecuador, we signed an agreement with the Yachay: Ciudad de Conocimiento, as well as signed a contract with Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENESCYT). As a result, this Spring, NMSU will receive a new group of students from the Urcuquí province to participate in an intensive English program that incorporates training in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. We are thrilled to be partnering with Ecuador in so many ways. Go Teacher has become an integral part of our efforts to internationalize NMSU.

Cornell H. Menking, Ph.D. Associate Provost Office of International & Border Programs New Mexico State University

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Arrival Night

Congratulations Go Teacher Cohort 2! Best wishes from us to you teaching back home!

The weekend of January 18 & 19 had the CELP Team working late into the night, welcoming the new Go Teachers to campus. After a full day of travel, customs, lost luggage and flight delays they finally arrived. Here are a few Go Teachers enjoying some pizza at their new home in Cole Village.

Mesilla Excursion & Welcome Dinner On Saturday, March 1st there will be an excursion to Old Mesilla from 1pm5pm. As well as the excursion, there will be a welcome dinner at 6pm. Mesilla is the best-known and most visited historical community in southern New Mexico. Since its beginning, around 1848, Mesilla has had a major influence on the economic, cultural, historical and political life of the Mesilla Valley. From the

Gadsden Purchase, to the Civil War, to the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, to the trial of Billy the Kid, to being a lively social center in the 1880s --Mesilla has been a prominent part of the rich history of the southwest.

part of Mesilla with you!. So, be sure to come prepared for a wonderful day in this historic plaza and for shopping in the Southwest's most visited historical community.

Mesilla has a variety of different stores, restaurants, museums, art galleries and more. Selling beautiful art, jewelry, crafts, and pottery. as well as gift shops, so you may take

For more information send an email to:

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Here is a submission from a Go Teacher in the class of Joann Burns.

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Welcome From Some New Student Workers Rose Vidal

Hi Everyone,

Rose Vidal & Paul Quintana, from our second group of Go Teachers here at NMSU, enjoying a meal in Mesilla.

My Name is Rose Vidal. I am studying Anthropology with a minor in History. I enjoy meeting new people, Renaissance Festivals, and Doctor Who. My message to the Go Teachers: Even though we are here to study, NMSU is all about discovery and with everything here to do and see, become part of the family. Broaden your horizons, spread your wings, you will never know what you like until you try. I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you .

Zachary Miller Welcome Go Teachers! Hi, my name is Zach. I am studying Psychology. This is my first time working with Go Teachers, and the excitement has already begun. I look forword to meeting and working with all of you. It has been an amazing experience thus far. Go Teachers are wonderful. Zach hiking dripping springs with Nagoya students.

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Important dates Leadership Workshop– Thursday, Feb. 6th 10:00am-12:00pm Corbett Center Senate Gallery (room 304) EPT Essay Monday, Feb. 10th 5:00pm Meet in O'Donnell Hall Lobby

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Go Teacher Check-In Meeting: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 1:00-2:00pm Garcia Annex Senate Chambers

Go Teacher Welcome Dinner: Saturday March 1, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM

Go Teacher Mesilla Excursion: Saturday, March 1, 2014 1:00-5:00PM (transportation provided)

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