SPC Overseas Summer Program – Experiencing American Culture
(June 28 – July 12, 2016)
After 15 days of English learning and immersion in American culture in Eugene, Oregon, United States, 16 students from Shiu Pong College returned to Macau, filled with resonant memory from the trip, which was full of fun and enjoyable learning experience from activities such as language and leadership classes, cultural tours, landmarks visitation and living with local American family in homestay. Students enjoyed it so much that all of them recommended that this trip should be organized again next year and 87% of the students wanted to stay longer.
Besides indoor classes for learning English language, leadership and American culture at Northwest Christian University, students also got opportunities to participate in cultural tours and activities for an experience of the American life, such as the Independence Day celebration, rodeo event, whitewater rafting, outlet mall shopping, blueberry picking, etc. Students also visited the Lava Land, a site for seeing volcanic landscape, and the Pacific coast. The adrenaline pumping white water rafting which allowed students riding in a raft along The McKenzie River with rapids roaring around and crystal clear water splashing on their face, was rated as the most enjoyable activity.
Students’ English language skills were improved and cultural experience was enriched effectively by immersing in an all-English environment. Students reported that living with an American family for a 4-night & 5-day homestay was particularly helpful in getting the in-depth experience of local lifestyle as well as learning English.
Jose Wang, a freshman majored in Portuguese Studies, claimed that he enjoyed the English learning environment very much. Winnie Wang, a freshman from Business Administration, claimed that she enjoyed greatly the time with the host family. She had been impressed by and learnt a lot from their friendly, positive attitude towards others.
This overseas summer program was organized the second time by SPC. Prof. Kenneth Leung, Master of Shiu Pong College, hoped that students would take advantage of the precious opportunity to improve their English language skills and bring the intensive English learning atmosphere back to Shiu Pong College where a favorable English learning environment, can be created and maintained.
By Leona, Bella
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