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A Publication by and for Students of the English Language Center, Old Dominion University
December 2009—Fall 2
Why did you come to the ELC and how long have you been here? There is my cousin here at ODU. He recommended me to get a degree at ODU. I have been here about 10 months. How’s your class at the ELC? What do you think is the most difficult to learn From left: Advanced II students Jimmy (China), in English? Natallia (Belarus), Janice (South Korea), and Marat Everything’s good. (Russia) pose with Mazin (UP, Saudi Arabia) for Learning English Mazin’s interview. and making lots of different friends are always interesting things to me. Actually, it took a longer time to get used to the American English accent than I expected. Who do you want to be and what do your parents expect from you? I hold my father in high regard and want to be like him. He is working at King Abdullah University, one of the most famous universities in Saudi Arabia. He has so good personality and is held in great esteem by his colleagues. He is expecting me to be a professor at King Abdullah University and I also want to be a professor someday. If there is anything you hope the ELC could change or improve, what would it be? Absolutely, the TOEFL!! The ELC should let us enter the regular university courses without the TOEFL test. And, I think it would be better for ELC students that the ELC had a kind of quota system. Sometimes, there are too many students from one country in one class. Do you have any event in your life that changed you?
There was a really terrible car accident 1 year ago. I drove my car too fast. My friends and I got injured, one of my friends had his two legs broken and the other had surgery on his arms. We almost died. That accident changed my life in some parts, even though I don’t know why and how that accident affected me. After the accident, I became much more careful about my friends. Have you ever had cultural shock? If so, what do you think is the cultural difference between America and Saudi Arabia? A lot. Ha ha, everything is different: food, gestures, communication, fashion, etc. I think Americans are generally more individualistic than Saudi Arabians. Sometimes it makes me feel free and comfortable, but in Arabic culture, family comes before anything else. We highly value the family and caring about each other much more. To be specific, what’s the difference in the educational system between America and Saudi Arabia? You know, the most difference is religion. Education is also based on strong Muslim ideas and beliefs. From middle school to high school, we have to wear school uniforms and boys and girls are totally separated. To enter university, we take 4 exams, which are Arabic Literature, Math, Science, and English. What do you think is good or bad in Saudi Arabian education? Um, I think English is important. So, English education is more needed than now. The good thing is that you can invite your teachers 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 people from many other countries. Meeting different people and talking about many things are very interesting to me.
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Two ways of teaching in the University
(Alberto Moreno, Spain)
Transportation Nowadays and in the 1950s in Kuwait
(Abdulrahman Al Qahtani, Kuwait)
There are a lot of differences between the Spanish and American university teaching methods. Why!? Mainly, the university chiefs and professors of these countries don't have a similar point of view. Both of them want to create experts in different majors, and also offer almost the same degrees, but they obtain a dissimilar final result. On the one hand, in the US universities, teachers split the knowledge concepts of the subjects in their classes, and they push their students using daily homework. Thus, the students have a "simple" way of understanding the complex ideas taught in these university degrees. They also examine their students with a lot of midterm tests. Not only this factor, but also attendance and participation are taken into account for the final grade. On the other hand, in the Spanish universities it is common to have only one exam for each subject in a semester, which accounts for almost 100 percent of the student’s final grade. The attendance is not mandatory, but the professors make a special effort to give strong knowledge to their students. The freedom in these universities is greater, but they use more demanding tests. The Americans universities teach people in order to have better personal skills like leadership or entrepreneurship. Instead of that, the Spanish ones try to obtain the maximum knowledge capacity. Consequently, the Spanish students have to be more mature because nobody is pressing them and at the same time they need to reach a higher level of knowledge by spending more of their "free" time. However, US students acquire more personnel skills that many Spanish students don't. Probably, the good solution would be a mix between these two different concepts of teaching.
More than fifty years ago, people in Kuwait had no cars, airplanes, or buses. However, they used camels, donkeys, 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 to find. Also, sailing by ships was one of the most common ways to travel in Kuwait because Kuwait has a sea which was the trading location between India and the Arabian Gulf countries. On the other hand, nowadays, Kuwaitis use cars, airplanes, and buses as transportation. They don’t use the old means of transportation anymore.
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:
(Taewoo Park, South Korea)
Walt Disney World
Who is your favorite Walt Disney character? Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Woody, every character of this historical company has been very famous and loved by many peo‐ ple, especially children. In 1971, the white castle appeared in Orlando. It was the start of Walt Disney World. Orlando is a city which creates new things every year, but before building Walt Disney World it had been just a common city like others. Now, no one hesitates 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 the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 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 world and 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 fantastic animals or extinct animals. The ticket for Walt Disney World is called Magic Your Way Base Ticket. If you add a park hopper option, you can visit all of 4 theme parks a day, unlimitedly. Because of the fact it is well known, Walt Disney World is always crowded whenever. However, the numbers of visitors is smaller than others in January and February. You can also use Disney’s FASTPASS, which is the quick entrance ticket for every attraction at Walt Disney World. This can save you time, and if you can use this well, you don’t have to spend a long time in line.
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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‐ 1 tbsp juice of gin‐
4 cups Sprite or Coke Cooking Directions: 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.
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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. Marinate the meat for 8‐10 hours or overnight. They cook fairly fast, 2‐3 minutes on one side.
Traditionally, it is grilled with wood charcoal, but certainly you can grill it on a gas stove or outdoor grill.
THE ELC NEWSLETTER STAFF: ADVANCED II WRITING, FALL 2, 2009 KHALID ALASSAF, FAHAD ALHEDAR, KHALID ALMUTAIRI, ABDULRAHMAN ALQAHTANI, EUN-YOUNG CHOI, NEYSI GOMEZ, EUNJIN JEONG, NATALLIA KAZLOUSKAYA, HEESOOK KIM, MARAT KUTEEV, EUN HEE KWON, MIHYE LEE, HONGXIA MA, SABRINE MARSOU, ALBERTO MORENO, MARIA MORENO SANCHO, LOI NGUYEN, TAEWOO PARK,YEYOUNG PARK, CHOR.NITHI PETPAISIT, ROKHAYA SECK, XIN TIAN, FENGJI XIANG EDITOR: JAMIE STURGES PHOTOS AND PICTURES: LAURA RAY, LOI NGUYEN, NEYSI GOMEZ, TAEWOO PARK, REHAB ALFADHEL
If you could have a special ability, what do you want to do? Time control. I can change the worries in the world and help people who need to help. (Mohammed, Saudi Arabia) I would like to choose disappear ability like hiding from people and stealing things such as electronics. It will be awesome! (Mohammad, Kuwait) If I had a special ability: I will be able to fly around the world and take care for the small children who suffer from AIDS. By one touch I can stop AIDS in the world. (Ndouba, Ivory Coast) What is your ideal type of partner? Thoughtful and easygoing. I don’t mind a person who is rich, smart or beautiful etc., I want to feel comfortable. (Lisa, South Korea) An honest man who doesn’t lie, is funny, hard working, courageous, adorable, and openminded. (Zora, Senegal) I hope to meet a girl who is smart, beautiful, polite, honest and open-minded. (Ahmad, Kuwait)
What is your hobby? Writing (Alaa, Saudi Arabia) Sleeping (Yahya, Saudi Arabia) My hobby is listening music, playing tennis, swimming, and reading a book. (Blanca, Spain) My hobby is playing soccer and listening to music. (Sultan, UAE) What is your favorite food in the United States? Why? My favorite food in the USA is cookies because it’s delicious and there are a lot of kinds of cookies in the USA. (Bader, Kuwait) Bagels (and coffee: good!) I like it because there are many kinds of bread, and a lot of cream cheese. (John, South Korea) My favorite food is pizza and beef hamburger. (Annie, China)
If you had the solutions of every problem, which problem would you solve first? I would solve the global warming problem, because it's getting really serious, and might destroy the planet and cause a disaster. (Meshari, Saudi Arabia) War, because we need peace in this world to assure the continuation of humanity, and global warming, because our environment means our lives!! (Anass, Morocco) People in the world don't love each other. I would love to see people caring for each other as one big happy family so that we stop wars!! (Rashed, Kuwait) What do you prefer in American culture? I like many things in the American culture, mainly movies and music. (Eliana, Brazil) I prefer their way of dealing with other people. (Ahmad, Kuwait) I prefer the festival days in America because they are nice and I can go shopping during these days. (Tianchen, China)
How do you define wealthy and poor? The poor (homeless) wear dirty clothes, and some smell bad. The rich are very rich, so they can buy everything what they want to buy. (Yurie, Japan) Wealthy means he/she is healthy. Poor means he/she is not healthy. (Mazin, Saudi Arabia)
If you have only 24hours in your life, what would you most want to do? I'll have fun with my family and friends, laugh the whole day and go to space. (Diana, Russia) I would like to go sky diving with my closest friends and my mom as well, drive a fast car at a high speed, and then go to a Paul Van Dyk concert with everyone I know. (Tami, Saudi Arabia) I will go to a spa, spend around 5 hours there, and then go to do something extreme and something that no one have done before. (Faza, Morocco)
What is your biggest goal and why? I guess that happiness. If I did everything without happiness, my life would be meaningless. (Ya-Lin, Taiwan) First of all, my goal is (I would like) to graduate with a master's degree in Economics. Second, since I am married and I had a daughter October 30th, I want to spend my life raising my daughter in a good environment. Finally, achieving the highest level on my career and being a vice-president of a multinational company. (Maan, Saudi Arabia) The biggest goal in my life is teaching because it has been my dream since I was young. (Sultan, Saudi Arabia)
Wealthy are privileged and rich people who have the resources to share. Poor are the under privilege, or needy. They are the ones that need help. (Eugenio, Philippines) It can be a very hard question depending on how you think about the question. The most important thing is how happy or satisfied you are can really tell you are wealthy or poor. (Youngsoon, South Korea)
I will fly a helicopter by myself, buy everything in the mall and spend half of my money. Then, I'm going to give the other half of money to the poor. (Arwa, Saudi Arabia)
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