AG体育’s first Critical Language Scholars gain appreciation of heritage and multicultural 学习

AG体育’s first Critical Language Scholars gain appreciation of heritage and multicultural 学习

AG体育’s first Critical Language Scholars gain appreciation of heritage and multicultural 学习


(From left) 卢尔德·马夫纳斯和莫妮塔·保罗

卢尔德·马夫纳斯和莫妮塔·保罗 had the unique experience over the summer of being the first AG体育 students to participate in the U.S. 美国国务院的 Critical Language Scholarship Program. Mafnas, a graduate environmental science student, and Paul, an undergraduate biology major, were chosen for the eight-week program from a pool of 4,600 national applicants.

While the program is typically held abroad, immersing students in the home countries of one of the program’s 15 target languages, the pandemic moved this year’s program to a virtual setting, complete with intensive 教训, a language partner, and cultural 旅游.

‘Deeper understanding of my Bengali heritage’

Paul chose to study the Bangla language through the American Institute of Indian Studies in Kolkata, India, because of her desire to learn more about her Bengali heritage.

"The program has brought me a deeper understanding of my Bengali heritage. 能够 to read and understand some conversational Bangla has helped me improve my communication with my family members and become more aware of the cultural practices in my family 保罗说.

Due to the time difference, Paul attended classes from 10 p.m. 到2 a.m. 从她的 home in Saipan, where she would participate in reading, writing, listening, and speaking 教训. She also met with a language partner twice per week for an hour.

Excitement in multicultural 学习

Mafnas studied the Indonesian language through the Universitas Negri Malang in Malang, Indonesia, for two 小时 every day from Tuesday to Saturday. Mafnas和她的四个同学 dove straight into dialogue 教训 within their first week, followed by cultural 每隔一个星期六.

Although there was a lot to learn from the program itself, the more valuable part for Mafnas was the interactions with her teachers and university students.

“That showed me how kind and welcoming Indonesian people are and reminded me of the excitement of meeting and 学习 from people from other countries,” Mafnas said.

Her program included a mix of language 教训 and games and taught her about the different schools and businesses throughout the country. 她的语言搭档 provided her with a tour of the university campus on her moped.

“It is definitely fast-paced, and depending on your language level, it will take a lot of your time and effort, but it's all worth it,” said Mafnas, who was working full-time while studying for an exam at the time of the program.

Despite the program being virtual, both Mafnas and Paul found the program to be an eye-opening and worthwhile experience with its one-on-one nature. CLS的校友 program are connected with additional opportunities after the program, such as accessibility to grants, scholarships, and potential jobs.

Be the next Critical Language Scholar from AG体育

The initiative of the CLS program is to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. The program aims to prepare students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and 国家竞争力. The program is recommended for anyone interested in expanding their language skills and cultural knowledge. 

应用程序 for the 2022 Critical Language Scholarship summer program are due by 10 a.m. 11月11日星期三. 17因此.

该节目将主持一个 会话信息 特别为AG体育的学生 10 a.m. 10月10日星期五. 29, 2021. Registration is required, and students may 注册在这里.



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