Hi my name is Cindy Kieffer
and I'm the director of the American English Institute
it's my pleasure today to give you some information about the AEI
and the University of Oregon.
At the AEI we have students from twenty to twenty-five different countries,
which give you the opportunity to make friendships and have long lasting relationship
from people all over the world as well as with American students.
One of the most important things that caught my attention was the diversity of people we find here.
We are not only learning English, we are learning about each other cultures.
The diversity in my oral skills is wonderful.
Some of the advantages of the AEI curriculum are that
we take the expertise of nearly 50 teachers
with combined experience of more than hundreds and hundreds of years of combined experience
and we use it to plan a program
that rangers from true beginner level English
at the lower level, all the way up
to a level of instruction for students
who will be entering the University in the following term.
So, we are able to accommodate students at
any level of proficiency and give them the skills that they need
to pursue their academic and professional goals.
Hi, my name is Baiq Hilda Astriana
but you can call me Hilda. Im from Indonesia
and I'm here to take English courses at AEI.
because it is important for me to pursue my
master degree in another University.
Before coming here I just took
an English course only for three months
that focus on grammar and I think
taking courses here it's
more efficient because
i can make conversation with a native speaker
and also we have a lot of discussions and
reasoning exercises, it's much better (here).
The teachers at the AEI understand
that it takes more than a good TOEFL score to be successful at the University.
So we work in our classes to provide students with experiences that prepare them not just
in terms of their language but also in terms of
understanding what university professors will expect to them,
how to communicate their thoughts both in speaking and in writing.
Learning takes place not just inside the classroom, but outside as well.
The AEI has a free tutoring program
so AEI students have the opportunity
to meet with a U of O student two hours per week
to talk about the classes, about music,
about American culture. It really is an opportunity
to interact with a Native (English) Speaker
and begin to build your confidence and feel comfortable
in the English-speaking community.
What I like about
people here in Eugene they always talkative and friendly and
and they all all of them are
really really nice and helpful.
The people here in Eugene have helped me
overcome my culture shock
and overcome my home sickness.
When I came here the first time, I was really shocked by the campus.
The campus is huge and the campus is like a forest.
There are lots of big trees.
Like huge trees.
There is a lot of fresh air, and I can
enjoy hanging out with friends on campus. Yeah it's pretty awesome
For students who are granted conditional admission
to the University of Oregon
you have the academic background but perhaps your English still needs some work
If you've completed the AEI's program
and finished the last level of our Intensive program
you can then enter the University of Oregon regular classes regardless of your TOEFL score.
One really nice thing about the AEI is that there are a lot of bridge
opportunities to the university life.
We have English classes for students who are actually enrolled in the University
and those classes involve a lot of connections with the university classes also.
like going to the university class lectures, interviewing other students
and getting to know faculty, and doing reports, and things like that
based on the community engagement and that's great!
There are also a lot of community activities. There's an international center here
where there is a coffee hour every week that students can join,
there are student groups for specific groups like
the Chinese Student Association there are things like that the students can
get involved in and get to know
students not only all the other students in English classes but students outside
their classes and the University as well.
So it makes it very easy to get involved in the University and not feel so intimidated by it.
AEI has very dedicated teachers and is much cheaper than the other English institutes in Oregon especially.
And you will have a lot of fun with the other International (students) from other countries.
And they are all so kind.
I think others who want to take an English course should attend AEI classes.