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ELS hosts Thanksgiving meal for international students

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International students, English learners and faculty gathered Nov. 16 in the Campus Center to celebrate Thanksgiving, the traditional way.

“Every month we try to celebrate something different for them,” said Carrie Woods, director of La Verne’s English Learning Services Language Center.

Woods said the center promotes events for various holidays. Last month’s event used to be called “The Thanksgiving Sampler” because no full meal was provided and not that many people came to the event.

This year more than 80 attended the dinner.

“We are hoping that they improve their verbal skills and listening skills that they may not use in the classroom,”said International Student Adviser Clinton Gilliland. “We want them to get out there and enjoy themselves in ways that they might not, if they weren’t in the program.”

The food served included turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

“More events like this should happen on campus,” said Janice Yeh, International Student Organization member, and graduate student in leadership and management.

ELS student Xin Song also attended the event.

“I want to know the Thanksgiving dinner culture and the history,” Wu said.

“This is my first Thanksgiving Day in U.S. and I want to get the experience,” said Airi Tanaka, ELS student from Osaka, Japan.

–Jesica Kimberlin

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