Students in the Corban Language Institute’s Pathway to English Program are learning English in the classroom—and putting it to the test on the street.
Last week, students split into teams of ten and set off on three cultural trips.
- Explored downtown Portland
- Surmounted obstacles at a bouldering gym
- Went airborne at a trampoline park
Downtown Portland: Teams Practice English in an Immersive Environment
Teams launched from the base of Pioneer Square to the malls, bookstores, and coffee shops heart of Portland’s cultural district.
Equipped with maps, students navigated downtown Portland while practicing their English studies in an immersive environment.
Mirius Wenda enjoyed a coffee shop but remarked that “togetherness is more important [than independence]” after reuniting with friends in Pioneer Square.
Bouldering: Teams Build Dexterity and Learn Practical Skills
Students pushed to the summit of climbing walls at a bouldering gym.
Cheered on by their peers, the adventurous maneuvered around a variety of challenging obstacles.
Bouldering, Wenda reflected, teaches “a good lesson: we have to work hard and not give up.”
Get Air Trampoline Park: Better Together
Current Pathway students united with their undergraduate peers, building friendship and camaraderie.
The payoff of Cultural Trips Week? Students enjoyed the encouragement, fellowship and “togetherness” of a community of fellow English language learners in the Corban Language Institute.