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Language students celebrate their achievements

June 21, 2013

(L-R) Joan Connell, representing the Holland College Board of Governors; master of ceremonies Parisa Fhandezhsaadi; Bi Hong (Betty) Deng, recipient of the Barbara Reid Outstanding Student Award; MLA Kathleen Casey; and Jake Baird, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer.

(L-R) Joan Connell, representing the Holland College Board of Governors; master of ceremonies Parisa Fhandezhsaadi; Bi Hong (Betty) Deng, recipient of the Barbara Reid Outstanding Student Award; MLA Kathleen Casey; and Jake Baird, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer.

Charlottetown, PE – Approximately 250 Holland College English language students celebrated their achievements with a closing ceremony at the Centre for Community Engagement recently, bringing the total number of language training students at the college this year to more than 500.

Seon Mi (Bella) Lee, a student in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program sang the national anthem. Parisa Fhandezhsaadi, an Enhanced Employability Essential Language Skills (EEELS) student, was master of ceremonies. Kathleen Casely, MLA for Charlottetown-Lewis Point addressed the students, and Joan Connell brought greetings from the Holland College board of governors. LINC student Narayan Dahal offered reflections on his experience in the language training programs at Holland College.

Staff and students also honoured Barbara Reid, who was program manager until her passing last September. An award established in her honour, the Barbara Reid Outstanding Student Award, was presented to Bi Hong (Betty) Deng.

The main purpose of the LINC and EEELS programs is to develop communication through reading, speaking, listening and writing so that each student is able to integrate into Canadian society with ease and is able to become a self-sufficient member of his or her community. Language training is provided in Levels 1 to 8 and is based on Canadian Language Benchmark standards. Participants practice oral communication in multi-level presentations, aided by computer-based language training. The learners acquire basic English skills in small groups and/or individualized learning (when necessary). Various teaching styles are used including communicative, thematic and functional approaches. The program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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