You can make a difference in how you experience life in the Academic ESL Program at Black Hawk College. There is a wide variety of programs, events and activities to enhance your life and enrich your academic experience.
Join the ESL Mentor & Mentee Program
The ESL Mentor & Mentee Program for our international students aims to join BHC American students with BHC international students to share and exchange cultural information. The objective of the program is to help our international students practice their English, learn about American culture and educational system, as well as for our American students to learn about other cultures in the world.
We take applications for mentors and mentees at the beginning of the fall and the spring semesters. If you are interested in the program and want an application, please contact Loredana Cooper at 309-796-5140 or write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Mentoring Group
The Mentor & Mentee Program was established to provide a friend (mentor) to help you (mentee) embark on your new adventure in United States. The person paired with you can help you develop a support network as you adjust, answer your questions or direct you to someone who can. Your mentor can become a vital link to your understanding of Quad-Cities’ community life. Mentors are recruited by Loredana Cooper, the Mentor & Mentee Coordinator. Each mentor fills out an application and goes through a screening process. The coordinator carefully goes through the applicants of both mentors and mentees to match up the participants, trying to honor any specific requests on behalf of the mentees and mentors. Mentors are assigned by the coordinator. The mentors receive a handbook and have training to better understand how to help you.
Mentor & Mentee Program
The program includes a welcome introduction where you can meet other ESL/international students and three other events in the first month of the semester. Your mentoring group is a great resource for you to ask questions and make friends. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any questions you have, including ones about your mentors.
Be open to the culture of the United States, in particular to that of Quad-Cities. Understanding and patience are essential in dealing with any issue that may arise between yourself and your mentor. If you have any questions or a problematic/uncomfortable situation arises, please contact us immediately.
Every year, more than 100 new international students arrive from all over the world to attend Black Hawk College. We are looking for continuing students who are eager to help ESL students adjust to life in Quad-Cities and on the BHC campus as a student mentor.
If you …
- Want to meet new people and make new friends.
- Like to have fun.
- Want to know more about different cultures.
- Want to help new students.
- Feel you made a successful adjustment to BHC and can share your experiences.
Then you should join the ESL Mentor & Mentee Program!
The program runs for the first month of each semester. There will be a lot of activities planned for mentors and mentees, such as a welcome, share cultures or visit museums, as well as the International Food Competition, table games, picnic with tournaments and more.
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.
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.
Read & 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.
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.