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ELC News Fall II 2009

ELC News Fall II 2009

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Happy
 
Winter
 
Vacation!
 
We
 
will
 
see
 
you
 
in
 
2010!
 
TOEFL
 
is
 
January
 
5
 
at
 
10
 
a.m.
 
Spring
 
1
 
classes
 
begin
 
January
 
12!
 
 THE ELC NEWS
A Publication by and for Students of the English Language Center, Old Dominion University
December 2009—Fall 2
Are
 
you
 
on
 
Facebook
?
 
Join
 
the
 
Old
 
Dominion
 
University
 
English
 
Language
 
Center
 
group
 
and
 
help
 
plan
 
events,
 
meet
 
and
 
talk
 
with
 
current
 
and
 
former
 
students,
 
and
 
see
 
pictures
 
from
 
all
 
of 
 
our
 
events
 
and
 
adventures!
 
Why did youcome to the ELCand how longhave you beenhere?
There is mycousin here atODU. He recom-mended me to geta degree at ODU.I have been hereabout 10 months.
How’s your classat the ELC?What do youthink is the mostdifficult to learnin English?
Everything’s good.Learning Englishand making lots ofdifferent friends are always interesting things to me. Actually, ittook a longer time to get used to the American English accentthan I expected.
Who do you want to be and what do your parents expect fromyou?
I hold my father in high regard and want to be like him. He is work-ing at King Abdullah University, one of the most famous universi-ties in Saudi Arabia. He has so good personality and is held ingreat esteem by his colleagues. He is expecting me to be a pro-fessor at King Abdullah University and I also want to be a profes-sor someday.
If there is anything you hope the ELC could change or im-prove, what would it be?
Absolutely, the TOEFL!! The ELC should let us enter the regularuniversity courses without the TOEFL test. And, I think it would bebetter for ELC students that the ELC had a kind of quota system.Sometimes, there are too many students from one country in oneclass.
Do you have any event in your life that changed you?
There was a really terrible car accident 1 year ago. I drove mycar too fast. My friends and I got injured, one of my friends hadhis two legs broken and the other had surgery on his arms. Wealmost died. That accident changed my life in some parts, eventhough I don’t know why and how that accident affected me.After the accident, I became much more careful about myfriends.
Have you ever had cultural shock? If so, what do you thinkis the cultural difference between America and Saudi Ara-bia?
A lot. Ha ha, everything is different: food, gestures, communica-tion, fashion, etc. I think Americans are generally more individu-alistic than Saudi Arabians. Sometimes it makes me feel freeand comfortable, but in Arabic culture, family comes before any-thing else. We highlyvalue the family andcaring about each othermuch more.
To be specific, what’sthe difference in theeducational systembetween America andSaudi Arabia?
You know, the mostdifference is religion.Education is alsobased on strong Muslim ideas and beliefs.From middle school to high school, we have to wear schooluniforms and boys and girls are totally separated. To enter uni-versity, we take 4 exams, which are Arabic Literature, Math,Science, and English.
What do you think is good or bad in Saudi Arabian educa-tion?
Um, I think English is important. So, English education is moreneeded than now. The good thing is that you can invite yourteachers to your house and learn more if you want to.
What do you think is the best thing in America?
America is like a melting pot. You can meet many different peo-ple from many other countries. Meeting different people andtalking about many things are very interesting to me.
From left: Advanced II students Jimmy (China),Natallia (Belarus), Janice (South Korea), and Marat(Russia) pose with Mazin (UP, Saudi Arabia) forMazin’s interview.
 
Two ways of teaching in the University
(Alberto Moreno, Spain)
There are a lot of differences between the Spanish and American universityteaching methods. Why!? Mainly, the university chiefs and professors ofthese countries don't have a similar point of view. Both of them want to cre-ate experts in different majors, and also offer almost the same degrees, butthey obtain a dissimilar final result.On the one hand, in the US universities, teachers split the knowledge con-cepts of the subjects in their classes, and they push their students usingdaily homework. Thus, the students have a "simple" way of understandingthe complex ideas taught in these university degrees. They also examinetheir students with a lot of midterm tests. Not only this factor, but also atten-dance and participation are taken into account for the final grade.On the other hand, in the Spanish universities it is common to have only oneexam for each subject in a semester, which accounts for almost 100 percentof the student’s final grade. The attendance is not mandatory, but the profes-sors make a special effort to give strong knowledge to their students. Thefreedom in these universities is greater, but they use more demanding tests.The Americans universities teach people in order to have better personalskills like leadership or entrepreneurship. Instead of that, the Spanish onestry to obtain the maximum knowledge capacity.Consequently, the Spanish students have to be more mature because no-body is pressing them and at the same time they need to reach a higherlevel of knowledge by spending more of their "free" time. However, US stu-dents acquire more personnel skills that many Spanish students don't.Probably, the good solution would be a mix between these two different con-cepts of teaching.
Transportation Nowadays and in the 1950s in Kuwait
(Abdulrahman Al Qahtani, Kuwait)
More than fifty years ago, people in Kuwait had no cars,airplanes, or buses. However, they used camels, don-keys, and ships as ways to travel or to go anywhere.Camels and donkeys were the most popular means of travel because they’re cheap, easy to raise, and easy tofind. Also, sailing by ships was one of the most commonways to travel in Kuwait because Kuwait has a sea whichwas the trading location between India and the ArabianGulf countries.On the other hand, nowa-days, Kuwaitis use cars,airplanes, and buses astransportation. They don’tuse the old means of trans-portation anymore.
Walt 
 
Disney
 
World
 
(Taewoo Park, South Korea)
Who is your favorite Walt Disneycharacter? Mickey Mouse, DonaldDuck, and Woody, every character of this historical company has beenvery famous and loved by many peo‐ple, especially children. In 1971, thewhite castle appeared in Orlando. It was the start of Walt Disney World.Orlando is a city which creates new things every year, but before buildingWalt Disney World it had been just a common city like others. Now, no onehesitates to call it ‘The Kingdom of the Theme Park’, and it is sure that Walt Disney World is the main reason for getting that nickname.Walt Disney World consists of 4 main theme parks, which are theMagic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s AnimalKingdom. The Magic Kingdom is a cartoon world where you can see all of the Disney characters. The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomor‐row (EPCOT) is a future concept theme park. You can see a future worldand cultures of many countries such as England, China and France. In Dis‐ney’s Hollywood Studios, there are many main characters of famous mov‐ies. You can also try to visit a real movie studio there. The last main park,Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is not only for real animals but also for fantasticanimals or extinct animals.The ticket for Walt Disney World is called Magic Your Way BaseTicket. If you add a park hopper option, you can visit all of 4 theme parks aday, unlimitedly. Because of the fact it is well known, Walt Disney World isalways crowded whenever. However, the numbers of visitors is smallerthan others in January and February. You can also use Disney’s FASTPASS,which is the quick entrance ticket for every attraction at Walt DisneyWorld. This can save you time, and if you can use this well, you don’t haveto spend a long time in line.
Gal
bi,
 
Grilled
 
Beef 
 
Short
 
Ribs
 
 –
 
Korean
 
Food
 
(Heesook
 
Kim,
 
South
 
Korea)
 
Galbi
 
is
 
most
 
popular
 
Korean
 
barbecue
 
dish
 
made
 
with
 
marinated
 
short
 
ribs.
 
Some
 
people
 
soak
 
the
 
ribs
 
in
 
Sprite
 
or
 
Coke
 
instead
 
of 
 
water
 
because
 
it
 
can
 
improve
 
the
 
taste.
 
Ko
rean
 
people
 
normally
 
eat
 
Galbi
 
with
 
Kimchee
 
(spicy,
 
pickled
 
cabbage),
 
ssamjang
 
(paste),
 
lettuce
 
and
 
steamed
 
rice.
 
Recipe
 
Ingredients:
 
16
 
ribs
 
1
 
cup
 
soy
 
sauce,
 
3/4
 
cup
 
sugar,
 
1/2
 
cup
 
water
 
1
 
Asian
 
pear,
 
chopped
 
(or
 
1/2
 
Korean
 
pear)
 
1
 
onion,
 
chopped
 
2
 
tbsp
 
minced
 
garlic
 
4
 
tbsp
 
sesame
 
oil
 
1
 
tbsp
 
ground
 
pep
per
 
1
 
tbsp
 
 juice
 
of 
 
gin
ger
 
4
 
cups
 
Sprite
 
or
 
Coke
 
Cooking
 
Directions:
 
1.
 
Wash
 
the
 
meat.
 
Rarely,
 
but
 
sometimes,
 
you
 
can
 
find
 
tiny
 
bone
 
scraps
 
stuck
 
to
 
the
 
meat.
 
Soak
 
the
 
ribs
 
in
 
water,
 
Sprite
 
or
 
Coke
 
for
 
1
 
hour,
 
then
 
drain.
 
2.
 
In
 
a
 
food
 
processor,
 
add
 
chopped
 
onions
 
and
 
pears,
 
puree
 
finely.
 
Pour
 
it
 
out
 
into
 
a
 
large
 
bowl,
 
add
 
the
 
remaining
 
ingredi
ents,
 
and
 
stir.
 
3.
 
Marinate
 
the
 
meat
 
for
 
8
10
 
hours
 
or
 
overnight.
 
They
 
cook
 
fairly
 
fast,
 
2
3
 
minutes
 
on
 
one
 
side.
 
4.
 
Traditionally,
 
it
 
is
 
grilled
 
with
 
wood
 
charcoal,
 
but
 
certainly
 
you
 
can
 
grill
 
it
 
on
 
a
 
gas
 
stove
 
or
 
outdoor
 
grill.
 
 
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ELC N
EWSLETTER
S
TAFF
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DVANCED
II W
RITING
, F
ALL
2, 2009
 
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HALID
A
LASSAF
, F
AHAD
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L
H
EDAR
, K
HALID
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LMUTAIRI
, A
BDULRAHMAN
 A
LQAHTANI
, E
UN
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OUNG
C
HOI
, N
EYSI
G
OMEZ
, E
UNJIN
J
EONG
, N
ATALLIA
 K
AZLOUSKAYA
, H
EESOOK
K
IM
, M
ARAT
K
UTEEV
, E
UN
H
EE
K
WON
, M
IHYE
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ONGXIA
M
A
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ABRINE
M
ARSOU
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LBERTO
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ORENO
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ARIA
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ORENO
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ANCHO
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AEWOO
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ARK
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ETPAISIT
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OKHAYA
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ENGJI
X
IANG
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TURGES
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HOTOS
 
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ICTURES
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