HPU’s English Foundations
Program (EFP) welcomed international students, old and new,
to a festive “Aloha!” picnic at the Hawai‘i
Loa campus Oct. 9. HPU faculty who teach English as a second
language put on this annual picnic with help from the Pals
organization and the International Teachers Organization (ITO).
The picnic started at 10 a.m., but for many, the day began much
earlier. EFP Student Advisor Mary Landolt, faculty Bill Potter
and Gene Kirshenmann, and Program Chair Barbara Hannum, along
with countless volunteers, hustled to prepare food and activities
for more than 150 students and faculty who attended the event.
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Arriving picnicers were greeted by student volunteers Tina
Huang, fourth-year undergraduate, and Shiho Kawano and Florian
Rouch, both MA TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
students. Each female was offered a flower to put in her hair,
and everyone was given name tags as they assembled on the Academic
Center lanai to learn a traditional hula.
Hannum explained that the Center for English Language Programs
holds two picnics annually to provide international students
a sense of family or ohana with their school. About 30 percent
of HPU students come from other countries, Hannum said. Of
these, 10 percent are involved in the CELP program. By getting
involved outside the classroom, they are able to practice the
English they are learning in fun and friendly ways and to develop
a sense of community that the hectic downtown way of life inhibits.
And it allows them to make friends.
The picnics are just two of the many events CELP puts on for
its students. In the past, the program has taken students on
fun excursions such as Sea Life Park, the botanical gardens,
dinner, HPU sports events such as a baseball or volleyball
game, bowling, ice skating, and many other activities.
It is through its fun activities that CELP hopes to truly reach
the international students, Hannum said. “They need a
sense of belonging. Their best memories from college will be
made here, not in the classroom,” she added.