When we first met Victor Moreno and his fianceé Joceline Ampuero,
they were adjusting to their new lives as students in the English
Language Institute (ELI). Since then, ELI has become a family
tradition. Not only did Victor and Joceline graduate from ELI,
Victor’s daughter recently studied here while on vacation.
Name: Ye Zhu Major: Child Development Country: China
“Making friends from all over the world and exploring cultural
differences will break stereotypes.”
Ye Zhu, 25, had a bachelor’s degree in preschool
education from China when she entered the English Language Institute
(ELI) at the College of Continuing Education. She needed to
strengthen her language skills for the next step in her journey.
International students from Sacramento State’s English
Language Institute shared a piece of their culture with the
Sacramento State community through a variety of
presentations on food, traditions, music, games, arts and
folklore! This celebration of our diversity was a fun
learning experience for everyone.
It’s a little before lunchtime, and in a Del Norte Hall
classroom, a small group of international students has burgers on
“What’s your favorite hamburger place?” asks Alessandra McMorris,
senior academic specialist with Sacramento State’s English
Language Institute (ELI). The usual suspects are mentioned:
In-N-Out, Five Guys, The Habit. Or, perhaps, all of the above.
“I don’t care about the restaurant,” replies Alex Lee, an ELI
student from South Korea. “I just like hamburgers.”
At 45, Victor Moreno led a comfortable life in Chile as an
operations director for his country’s second-largest wine
producer. He managed three factories, traveled to wine regions
around the world and got engaged.
And then he decided to quit his job.
“My dream was to study English” in America and get a
master’s degree in business, Victor explained to his family
And to his fiancée. “It was a big decision to move to the U.S.,”
he said, and a huge sacrifice on her part.
View the music video of
World Language Day 2016 produced by English Language
Institute (ELI) instructor Hugh Le, flip through the photo
gallery and get to know the international students attending ELI
and becoming part of the Sacramento State community.
When a class of freshmen at Sacramento State visited the English
Language Institute (ELI) they met English language learners
from China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and other places around the
Some were college students away from home for the first time,
like the freshmen. Others were graduates and professionals
including elementary school teachers, business owners, a
restaurateur, a biochemist whose research specialty is
nutrition, a mechanical engineer whose next step is a master’s
degree, even a budding actress from South Korea.
Five Japanese high school students, ages 15 and 16, are visiting
Sac State’s English Language Institute (ELI) this August. During
their two-week stay, they will learn English from our ELI
instructor, Justin Kyles, explore Old Sacramento, take a day trip
to San Francisco and attend a River Cats baseball game.
As an industrial engineer in Iran, Sina Roudbari always had an eye toward his next project. So it wasn’t surprising that as he mastered English at the English Language Institute, he was already working on something new at Sacramento State: his international master of business administration.
Three students, Margaret Crutcher of Kenya, Esther Hattingh of South Africa, and Myung Jip “MJ” Kim of South Korea share a destination.
Margaret emigrated to the United States and raised three children, and years later one of her daughters says to her: “Mommy it’s time for you to go to school.” Margaret just finished her last class for her International Master of Business Administration.
In Japan, getting into pharmacy school requires English.
“Students need English skills to pass the entrance exams and read
articles in English” says Dr. Noriko Yoshimura, a professor
at the Language and Communication Center at the University of
Shizuoka. “They need English skills in order to get a job in
Japan” and to reach a higher level of proficiency, the
university is sending more students abroad to Sacramento State.
Maydel Uzcategui made a bold move from Venezuela to the
United States, all on her own, in pursuit of twin goals. She
wanted to improve her English skills and become a civil
engineer. A graduate of the English Language Institute,
she’s now working on her master’s degree in engineering at
Sacramento State. ”Hopefully I can work for a transnational
company focused on geotechnical engineering.”
Students in the English Language Institute take on a tough
assignment, demonstrating their English skills while sharing
their ideas of happiness at a 2015 symposium at Sacramento State.
Morgan Murphy shares their experience.
When the president of Japan’s University of Shizuoka heard Sacramento State’s motto, “Redefine the possible,” during his first visit to the university, and when he flashed the signature pinkie salute, he felt an immediate kinship. Dr. Hiroshi Kito, who translated his university’s motto as “for the community, with the community,” wanted students back home to have a similar sense of belonging and have their future serve the greater good.
The American Language & Culture (ALC) program at Sacramento State
saw its largest enrollment in spring 2016 with 55 students,
thanks in part to a successful partnership with Kyung Hee
University in Seoul, South Korea.
From three-legged races to the “cookie face” game, students in
the English Language Institute create friendships and fun at the
2015 Adventure Games on campus. Heather Mendez produced this
A longtime international partner visited an American Language and Culture class. Dr. Ji Sung Moon, director of International Programs at Dong-eui Institute of Technology in Busan, South Korea, checked in with his students, who are wrapping up the four-week course. The students presented posters on their experience learning and improving their English and taking part in everyday life in America.
A select group from Mexico traveled to the California capital to meet their neighbor to the north as part of Mexico’s inaugural Proyecta 100K program. The nearly 40 students and professors from 10 universities represent a new generation of professionals in fields such as computer science, electrical engineering, marine biology, architecture and business.
“It’s incredible to see things that you’ve never seen in your life.” - Alexis Sahid Hernandez Michel, Proyecta student