(London, Ontario)— Fanshawe College is pleased to announce the establishment of its new English Language Institute (ELI). The ELI opened in September 2016 in order to bring together Fanshawe's English as a Second Language initiatives, and to launch a new flagship program, English for Academic Purposes. This full-time, intensive program, which is recognized at Fanshawe as well as at Western University and its affiliated colleges, will help international and domestic students to prepare for further academic study.
"Fanshawe College is constantly adapting to the needs of our students and the labour market," says Gary Lima, Fanshawe's Senior Vice-President, Academic Services. "We are tremendously excited to see the new English Language Institute come to life – something we've envisioned for the past couple of years. Through the English Language Institute, Fanshawe will continue to offer enhanced English language training and support that empowers International students, newcomers to Canada, and non-English fluent students to succeed in post-secondary studies."
Kim Cechetto has recently been hired as Chair of the ELI, where she is charged with leading its development and collaborating with community and international partners to establish innovative new offerings. For example, the institute is currently developing language support options for students in post-secondary programs. In addition, it is equipped to provide ESL teacher training to English teachers from abroad, and also offers customized, short-term training for groups of international students and professionals with particular interests in English instruction.
"I am delighted to work with a great team to establish and grow Fanshawe's English Language Institute," says Cechetto. "Our new structure positions us well to develop and offer innovative programming, support, and training to students at Fanshawe and around the world."
Plans to create the ELI were developed over several years through extensive discussion and consultation with numerous students, college representatives and community partners. The opening of the ELI as a new organizational unit within the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design marks the culmination of this process.
"I am pleased that through the expertise of our highly-qualified faculty and staff we have an innovative curriculum that will enable our students to reach their academic goals," says Helen Pearce, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design. "The new structure of the ELI also provides a wonderful vehicle for expanding our ability to provide training for a variety of language needs."
The ELI currently has 320 students enrolled in full-time and part-time courses, including online offerings, and will continue to welcome new students every 8 weeks throughout the year.
Kim Cechetto is a leader in international and English language education. She has been a full-time faculty member at Fanshawe College since 1988 and has taught and consulted in many parts of the world, including Nigeria, the U.S., China and Rwanda.
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