ELI is hosting a group of 24 university students from Mexico. The group arrived on July 4 and will study at the Institute through July 29. The students are participating in a scholarship program called Proyecta 100,000. The group is funded by AMEXCID (Agencia Mexicana de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo) — Mexico’s agency for international cooperation and development. Mexico is endeavoring to send thousands of students and teachers to the U.S. for short-term English language instruction as a part of the Proyecta 100,000 initiative.
Anthony Schmidt of ELI’s faculty has been pleased to have several of the Proyecta students in his classes: “They quickly integrated into class and into the academic life of the Institute. They are focused language learners and intense in their learning style.”
Em Chitty, ELI Senior Teaching Associate, said that “the Proyecta group has been outstanding. They are eager to learn and all are good language learners.”
The students have a range of English abilities – but all are highly motivated and have enthusiastically engaged in activities, such as a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a tour of Neyland Stadium.
The students will return to Mexico at the end of July. All of the students are enrolled at universities in and around Mexico City.