Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Welcome to the "Loyola Intensive English Program - LIEP News Now" blog!

Our biggest news is that our full Loyola Intensive English Program (LIEP) is up and running this year - for the first time since our closure following Hurricane Katrina. We are delighted! You can find details of our program by clicking on this link:

Here are some highlights from our fall 2010 semester so far.
  • OUR STUDENTS. Our biggest highlight is our students. Six students from China, Japan, and Vietnam have enrolled in our full twenty-hour-per-week intensive English program, and ten students from China, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam have enrolled in our Pilot program. Our Pilot students take two credit-bearing intensive English courses as well as two academic courses at Loyola.
  • PHILO CAFES. Our Pilot students participate in a Philo Cafe, or Philosophy Cafe, each month. We choose a philosophical question based on our class reading, writing, and discussion, and we explore that question in a wider forum - with students from Loyola's philosophy department, other members of the Loyola community, and any New Orleanians who wish to participate. Our Philo Cafes are facilitated by Dr. David O'Donaghue, who also facilitates Philo Cafes in coffeehouses throughout New Orleans.
  • ASIAN MARKET. For the Mid-Autumn Festival, we took a field trip to the Asian Market. We enjoyed buying food and spices for Asian cooking as well as the traditional Moon Cakes for the festival.
  • ZOO. On a bright sunny day in October, we visited the Audubon Zoo. We especially enjoyed the monkeys swinging from their trees and ropes, the alligators basking in their swamp, and the sea lions leaping and flipping as their keeper fed them fish.
  • HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS. The Pilot Applied Grammar class took a walking field trip to view and record the elaborate Halloween home decorations on State Street. The students then wrote about what they had seen, using recently studied grammar structures.
This is a taste of what we've been up to so far this semester at LIEP. In future posts, we will continue to keep you abreast of what's happening in the Loyola Intensive English Program.

Our next post will feature LIEP faculty member Jess Haley, who combines her love of linguistics, culture, and anthropology in teaching our LIEP New Orleans Culture Class. 

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