UNCW English Language Center Receives $233,000 Grant for Cultural Immersion Program

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Kateryna Forynna, director of the UNCW English Language Center in the Office of Global Partnerships and International Education, has been awarded more than $233,000 from the U.S. Department of State to implement an intensive English program.

The funds will be used to launch the UNCW Summer Access Camp that will offer a combination of formal English instruction and cultural immersion. The English Language Center will host a group of 26 secondary school students and two teachers from Uzbekistan for a UNCW Summer Access Camp in July 2022. Participants will have an immersive experience living and studying on campus and will take 18 hours of intensive English classes a week. They will also take part in a variety of excursions and cultural events.

“This program will equip students with English and cross-cultural communication skills that will make them more competitive in future educational exchanges and their careers,” said Forynna. “Access grant recipients are talented students who are highly motivated to advance their studies and use the newly acquired knowledge to make a positive change in their communities. Our team is excited about this incredible opportunity to design a program that will help Access students reach their goals.”

Access students spend two years taking after-school English and American culture classes in their home countries. UNCW Summer Access Camp is one component of this program.

“I am very proud of the work that Kateryna and her colleagues in the English Language Center have done to prepare and compete for the UNCW Summer Access Program award,” said Michael Wilhelm, associate provost of global partnerships and international education. “At a very challenging time for ESL programs nationally, UNCW is blessed to have an ELC director who has been so engaged with virtual programs among our network of global partners, and face-to-face programs driven by extramural funding and contracts from around the world.”

The English Access Microscholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and administered in Uzbekistan by the United States Embassy in Tashkent. This program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented students from families with lower socio-economic means and enables them to have better jobs and educational prospects.

This is the second time the center has received federal funding to implement an intensive English program in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Tashkent. Last year, Forynna directed a grant that allowed a group of 23 Uzbek English as a Foreign Language teachers to complete online intensive English and American culture courses. That project opened the door to a new partnership with the U.S. Embassy Tashkent.

-- Venita Jenkins