ESL Mentor & Mentee Program - Black Hawk College

ESL Mentor & Mentee Program

Students in the Academic ESL Program at Black Hawk College benefit from programs, events and activities to enrich their campus experience.

Join the ESL Mentor & Mentee Program

globe and silhouette of two people reaching out to each otherThe ESL Mentor & Mentee Program joins BHC American students with BHC international students to share and exchange cultural information. The program is designed to help international students practice their English, learn about American culture and educational system, and for American students to learn about other cultures. Activities include field trips, speakers, games, picnic and more.

Become a mentor or mentee! Apply online or contact Loredana Cooper 309-796-5140 | cooperl@bhc.edu.

Become an ESL mentor or mentee

International Food Competition

Students sampling food at the international food competition

The ESL Program, the Mentor & Mentee Program and the International Student Association promoted an international food competition in which 16 countries were represented with 22 dishes. The guests voted for their favorite dishes.


students getting information at campus club fairInformation Fairs

The Mentor & Mentee Program and the International Student Association encourage their members to get involved in fairs to share their activities and invite others to participate in these programs.


instructor in front of classroomRead & Write Gold Workshops

Read & Write Gold is a free software that BHC students can download to their computer and use to improve their language learning. It is a great asset to ESL students, so they had a special training to learn how to use it.


Conversation Cafesgroups of students talking at tables

ESL students and SPEC 175 students meet to talk about cultural diversity and enjoy coffee and cookies.


Mock Trial & Courtroom 

Every semester students in Advanced Reading work with a real legal case, but in a mock trial/mock courtroom. Students are very well prepared and get familiar with terms such as attorneys, cross-examination, plaintiff, bailiff, etc. The teacher acts as the judge of the case, and Intermediate Reading students act as the jury. Everyone works very hard to get to a verdict.