Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 25th.

This day remembers the people who died while serving in the armed forces.

Americans will often go to cemeteries to visit loved ones or hang up an American flag to remember those that died. 

This day is commonly confused with Veteran's Day. Veteran's Day honors everyone who served in the armed forces. Memorial Day is only for those who died while serving.

Please remember that there is no class on Monday, May 25th. Classes will resume Tuesday, May 26th.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Review of the Presentation ”Encouraging Failure on the Path to Growth”

Anni Zhou wrote the following summary and reflection for her Academic Listening & Speaking 5 class, Spring 2015. One of the goals of the class is to listen to and analyze presentations.

          I would like to say this is the most fun presentation that I have ever participated in. I would like to thank my instructor Patty that let me know the information. I love this presentation very much and it made my day.
            First of all, the speaker introduces the general content of the presentation. She used her personal story to explain how to overcome the failure and what we can learn from the failure. This speaker’s voice is not loud enough. But she has a nice hand gesture and postures. She walks around the stage, which is a useful strategy to get the audience’s attention. Later, she shows a video to display another speaker’s story to establish the trust between her and the audience. It makes audience feel closer to her and lessen the distance from her to the audience. She mentions that the method for overcomes the failure is to figure out the reasons for the failure. Then we can draw a solution for those reasons. She states that people should be confident enough and speak out their minds. Otherwise, others will never know how awesome their ideas are. General speaking, there are two reasons for the failure. One is we didn’t try enough, which is means that we might be being lazy or lack motivation. Another one is we tried hard enough but the method that we used was wrong. So that ‘s why we failed our goals or missions. The speaker proposes a good question – “what is the concept of failure?”. Different people have different opinion about it. Some people believe that failure is emotional unhappy. Others feel failure because they do not get the judgments or evaluations that they expect from the public.
            Next, the speak clams 7 different statements related to the topic. She divides the classroom into two sections- agrees section and disagree section. She asks us to walk through the classroom and find our positions for these 7 statements. We need to talk about the reasons why we choose agree side or disagree side. She encourages all of us to talk and make sure someone who hasn’t has chance to talk can express first. This form is very enjoyable and high involves everyone to participated in the discussion. The audience is not only a speaker also a listener. She got a fully attention and interaction from the listeners. This presentation is not an input educational session. It enlightens and inspires audience to think individually and independently. The presenter plays a role as an instructor and guide. She leads us to think about the issues.
            I am very glad that I have participated in this presentation. I have learned a new form of a presentation and how to organize a good presentation. Also I was lucky to get a chance to talk in the public. I gain a sense of achievements that I have learned a lot of new things from different aspects today.

About the Author:
Hi, this is Anni. I am from China. I have been here since September. I am a very active and gregarious girl.
Seattle is a such wonderful city for outdoor activities and I enjoy it very much. I am a 19 years dancers and I dance 8 different dances. So far My favorite dances are zouk and Ballet. I love English very much and I enjoy speaking  English. I love trying different new things and my  favorite mottos are " if you don't try, you will never know. " " live and learn" 


Friday, April 10, 2015

University Track and Applying to Graduate School

To complete the University Track, you must
get at least a 3.0 in these classes.

  •   Academic  Reading and Writing 5
  •   Academic Listening and Speaking 5
  •  Academic Listening and Writing 5
  • Academic Reading and Speaking 5 
  •  Applied Academic Skills
  • Two Level 5 electives

If the University is an IELP Partner-

  • Do not need to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores if you complete University Track with grades above 3.0 
  •   You will need to meet or exceed all requirements listed on the departmental website other than the English Language Proficiency requirement. This includes all grades, test scores (GRE or GMAT), and coursework.
  • Must apply to the program
American University System


Make certain to begin early! Graduate school applications take time and often must be submitted 9-12 months in advance of the program start.

Tips for Success
  • Keep a college calendar of all deadlines. 
  •   Register for tests: TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, GRE 
  •   Look online  
  • Make a system for keeping track
  • Talk with people
  • Contact advisors. Build a relationship.
  • Look for what is important to you!
  •  Application deadline
  • Cost
  • Academics
  • Location
  • Size
  • Reputation
  • Clubs & activities
  • Support for International Students
Learning more- Visit a Department
  • Contact advisor
  • Develop a relationship with them
  • Ask to meet/talk with current students
  • Do class visits
  • Be polite. Be on time
  • Write thank you notes
Prepare for a Visit
  • Find a partner
  • Tell your partner about yourself
    •   Where you are from?
    •  What you are hoping to have at a graduate program
    • Why you chose the field you chose 
    •  What questions you have about applying to graduate school?
What are they looking for?
  •  Academics: Will you be a good student?
  • Career: Will you be a good colleague?
  • Communication Skills
  • Fit: does this person understand this program? Do you know what you are getting into?
Parts of the Application
  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Test Scores (TOEFL/IELTS and GRE/GMAT)
  • Make easy to read
  • Fit on one to two pages
  • All work and study experience since high school
  • Put in chronological order
  • Do not include:
    • Photos
    • Personal information such as: marital status, hobbies, religious affiliation, favorite foods
Statement of Purpose
  • Double space
  • Use capital and small letters: This is NOT texting.
  • Count words – be close!
  • Get feedback from other people & edit!

  • Course name
  • Grade earned
  • Number of credits 
  • GPA: cumulative AND last 2 years
  • Official & Translated

Test Scores
  • Prep Courses
  • Scores take time to be sent  (Take at least six weeks early!)
  • OK to take more than once
  • Address in an essay if weak score
  • Meet with admissions staff
Letters of Recommendation
  • Choose the teacher carefully
  • Choose people who know you. 
  • Ask the teacher directly
  • Give specific information
    • Provide a statement of purpose
    • Provide a resume
    • Short paragraph why you want to study this subject / at this institution

  • Ask at least two weeks in advance
Getting Help

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GRE Prep

The University of Washington Women's Center offers a GRE Prep class for the month of May!

Dates: Every Sunday from May 3rd-May 24th
Time: 12pm-3:30pm
Location: Savery Hall, Room 132
Cost: $275

*This class is open to both men and women

For more information, or to sign up, visit the UW Women's Center Website-

Preparing for the TOEFL and IELTS Exam

Toastmasters Division International Speech Contest

CIEP student Abdulmajeed Alzakari will be giving a speech at the Toastmasters Division International Speech Contest this Thursday evening (April 9th). He won the 1st place on the club speech contest and area 71 speech contests, as well. This is the next step.  Good luck, Majeed!

To learn more about Toastmasters, check out their website-