Applying to earn a college degree in the United States can be both an exhilarating and intimidating experience for those whose first language is not English. Many of these potential learners are unsure if their English skills are proficient enough to support them through university level classes. In an effort to provide necessary support to this growing population, Bellevue University is launching its Pathway Program this winter term. The Bellevue University Pathway Program helps students who know English at an intermediate level or above and can benefit from improving their English before beginning a degree program. English language learners will study English full-time over two or three semesters, while earning up to 30 credits toward their degree.
The Freeman-Lozier Library is looking forward to providing special support to the students in this program, in addition to, the services available to all Bellevue University students:
- Library Instruction classes dedicated to assisting Pathway students as they navigate English-based research sessions on the Bellevue University Library website
- Dedicated LibGuides for Pathway students with links to English speaking, listening, and writing practice, as well as, other helpful resources
- Partnerships between Pathways students and the Bellevue University Library Reference staff through the Personal Librarian program. Librarians will work with students one-on-one to help them find resources and efficiently make use of the Library.
Kaylene Powell, the Pathway Program Director, is very excited to partner with the Library in support of these new students. She believes that these accelerated English language classes are a great way to get these students prepared to work toward a degree with Bellevue University. Kaylene wants to let potential students know that if they are not sure whether this program is a good fit for them, she would love to chat with them and help them figure that out.
In addition to the Pathway Program, the Library is getting involved with Bellevue University’s international student community in other ways. The Guangzhou College of Commerce (GCC) students with beginner-level English regularly use the Library as a class to practice English skills and familiarize themselves with Library resources. The intermediate-level GCC students also meet at “Beyond Challenge”, a weekly English club in the Library. They explore different English skills each week using Library resources as they familiarize themselves with American culture and daily life.
The Bellevue University Library is thrilled to be involved in such exciting initiatives designed to encourage ESL students as they improve their English. For further information about these and other services provided by the Library staff, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (402) 557-7313.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 21 No. 1, Winter 2017.