This is a great year for Bridge, as we recently announced the opening of 4 new BridgePathways centers. Bridge is expanding its Academic English program (which currently only runs in our home city of Denver) to three US university campuses and one university in Brazil. We are working together with our university partners to offer their […]
Making the jump to study at a university in the United States can be a scary thing. To help your transition, we’ve compiled a list of terms to help you understand the lingo at your American university campus.
If you would like to study at a university in the United States, you should thoroughly research all of your options before making a decision. Unfortunately, many students limit their search to big-name, four-year institutions assuming they are the only path to success. This simply is not the case, and no search would be complete without first considering the community college option. To better understand their value, you first need to understand the American university system.
BridgePathways, the academic arm of BridgeEnglish Denver, is collaborating with Chadron State College (CSC) to provide students enrolled in Bridge’s Academic English Program with the opportunity to be concurrently enrolled in CSC credit courses being delivered at our language center in Denver, Colorado. By doing so, you can get an “Early Start” toward completing your degree while you improve your English language proficiency at Bridge.
When Justin Wahe came to work at BridgeEnglish Denver, the term “gentle giant” came to my mind. He is, after all, six feet five, a towering foot and two inches taller than my short five foot three inch frame and by far the tallest person at the school.
While some very tall men can have an intimidating effect on people, Justin, on the other hand, has the most pleasant disposition, nicest smile and greatest attitude around. When I am having a bad day, he always seems to cheer me up. Justin would seriously do anything for we teachers here at BridgeEnglish Denver, not to mention being committed to giving the best education to the students as possible.
Learning English is tough. Learning any language is tough. Sometimes you just need a break from classes, learning and books and get some fresh air, go for a hike or go to a museum, something. It is no different for the students at Bridge Denver. They study hard. Some study everyday from 9am until 6pm for months. That is a whole lot of learning. The brain can only absorb so much information before it says, “OK! I’ve had enough! I need a break! Take me outside!”
And that is where Tim Samuelson comes in. He is the Activities Coordinator and also the Academic Advisor here at BridgeEnglish Denver. He is the one who plans all of the extracurricular activities so that students can have some sort of reprieve from their studies. But, in fact, the activities impart knowledge to the students just as much as being in the classroom. Plus, they are really, really fun!
AB: Tim, tell me a little about your background and how you got involved with Bridge.
TS: I have always had a passion for traveling and I thought that teaching ESL would be a great way to see the world and work at the same time and so I decided to get my TEFL certification. I actually received my TEFL right here at Bridge Denver in 2006. I wanted to go to Spain and so, after I got my certification, I went to Madrid for a year and taught English there.