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April 2013

Center for English as a Second Language


In this issue:
 What is CESL?
 English Slang
 Birthdays!
 Go Teacher Reception
 Lexington Weather
 Upcoming Events
 Get Involved
 Go Teacher


The purpose of the Center for English as a Second
Language (CESL) at the University of Kentucky is to
provide high quality English language instruction for
non-native English speakers in an academic setting. At
CESL, we assist students in achieving their language
proficiency goals for academic, professional, and social
purposes. Using a variety of instructional methods, the
Center for ESL establishes a strong foundation in
writing, reading, grammar, listening, and speaking. In
addition to multi-level language instruction, the
Center for ESL provides cultural enrichment
opportunities to promote diversity and community

English Slang

 College of



Louisville Slugger
 Distillery Trip

Meaning: amazing, impressive

 International

Fashion Show
 Walk For Warmth
 Final Page


For example:

Today was awesome! We went to all of our
classes today!

Have you seen his new jacket? It's awesome!

Go Teacher Birthdays!



Carla Cadena 03

Roddy Lopez 04

Jenny Romero 05

Daysi Almeida 15

Silvia Sarasti 20

Veronica Shuguli 21

Janet Aga 19
Bersabe Quinga 30

Ruth Vinansaca 14
Margoth Villacres 14

Elva Salto 12
Nelly Tipan 25
Maria Inga 29


Maura Sanchez 24
Jorge Alvarez 25

Sandra Yanzaguano 05
Lucia Arizaga 18

Jose Torres 06

Valeria Vaca 23

Beatriz Puente 02

Lupe Auquilla 13

Rita Arteaga 25

Karina Pineda 13

Daniel Diaz 16

Willian Garcia 29

Tania Lopez 15

Veronica Chindon 18

Gissela Gorozabel 31

Paola Cordova 19



Carlos Hidalgo 27

Mirian Navarrete 24


Tania Alvear 07

Mariana Da Az 29

Carina Vallejo 01

Sandra Hidrobo 09

Jose Flores 30

Susana Dutan 25

Karen Alcivar 19


Jeaneth Zhunio 22

Ines Vargas 08

Doris Torres 26

Anibal Basurto 25

April 2013

Center for English as a Second Language


The Center for English as a Second Language welcomed the first group of
2013 Ecuadorian Go Teacher Scholars on February 8.

Snow in Lexington!


Up to date weather information can
be found at http://weather.com by
searching ‘Lexington, KY’




41°F | 5°C

41°F | -4°C


46°F | 8°C

28°F | -2°C


55°F | 13°C

36°F | 2°C


66°F | 19°C

45°F | 7°C


74°F | 23°C

54°F | 12°C


83°F | 28°C

63°F | 17°C


86°F | 30°C

66°F | 19°C


86°F | 18°C

65°F | 18°C


79°F | 14°C

58°F | 14°C


68°F | 20°C

47°F | 8°C


55°F | 13°C

37°F | 3°C


44°F | 7°C

28°F | -2°C

April 2013

Center for English as a Second Language


Upcoming Go Teacher Events

5 April: April Birthdays party
13 April: Raven Run Nature Preserve Hike
20 April: Tour of Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace
4 May: Kentucky Derby Party and Cookout

Get Involved!
Ecuadorian Student Organization
CESL is in the process of developing an Ecuadorian student organization! When more information is available, CESL will notify all Go
Teacher scholars.

UK's CESL Current Events Group

Join Krista Callahan-Caudill and Lyuda Ivanyuk every Monday, from
12-2pm in FPAT 267, for an active discussion concerning the issues
that affect our world. We’ll use various media to explore topics from
a variety of cultural perspectives.

Check out the UK CESL calendar in the office or online to
find out about other great events and organizations!

April 2013

Center for English as a Second Language


Submitted by Tania Alvear

Coming to the US was a difficult decision to make, but since I have come
here I have met many friendly and kind people who, putting off their own
activities, have supported my friends and me. I have visited amazing places
that I have never been to before and I have eaten delicious American food.
However, the most remarkable memory that I will have forever is the opportunity to meet teachers in a partnership with the College of Education here
at the University of Kentucky.
The partnership with the College of Education worked like this: We had
class with our partners in the evening and on Saturday morning from 9-12.
We had a class which was taught by a College of Education professor and
our instructor in ESL. However, the coolest part was working on projects with
our American partners. Our partners were preparing to teach abroad. We did
outside activities together. Some of us enjoyed hiking, bowling, and even
cooking with each other. We had a dinner party together in which all of the
students cooked a traditional Kentucky meal. On Spring Break the professors
in the College of Education had a luncheon for all the teachers in our program, but most of all they were interested in the Ecuadorians. Some of those
professors were interested in taking us to visit schools in Fayette County, and
we did that during our Spring Break. This was an amazing experience since
we are all teachers and have so many things in common. One of the most
thoughtful things that the students did was to pick us up and give us rides
frequently since it was so cold outside and we live so far away. It was so kind
and we could really see the love that our partners had for us.
I have shared my experiences as a teacher and I have learned about the
distinction between education here and in Ecuador. It is amazing to see how
different and yet similar our students and classes are. The activity was very
productive and enriching for all of us. One can never imagine where in the
world one is going to find such gentle friends! We would all like to thank
Lina Crocker for organizing this wonderful opportunity for us.

April 2013

Center for English as a Second Language


Submitted by Anibal Basurto

On February 23rd, we piled into vans provided by the University of Kentucky and headed to Louisville. There were beautiful homes along the highway and we took some pictures with our cameras. We listened to wonderful
music and talked about our experiences in Lexington. Suddenly, we were
excited because of we saw three horses on a farm. Our van driver, Tom, said
that Kentucky is famous for two things: basketball and horses. We had been
in the car for about one hour when we arrived in Louisville. There is a nice
bridge in that city and somebody told us that the American singer Jon Bon
Jovi planned to have a concert there. One of my classmates decided to attend the concert on vacation. It was great!
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players. By the late nineteenth century, baseball was widely recognized as the
national sport of the United States. Baseball is now popular in North America, parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and East Asia. We
have baseball lovers in Ecuador, too. Some people believe that baseball is
the American national religion. It sounds strange for us, because our national
sport is soccer. Americans love baseball. One important element of this sport
is the bat, so the Louisville Slugger factory provides this product to players
from Little League to the MLB (Major League Baseball). It is the standard for
baseball players. Tours of the factory are noisy and fun; baseball lovers delight in the opportunity to watch their favorite stars' bats being made right in
front of their eyes. The formation from a big cylinder of wood into a bat is
fascinating—it takes about 30 seconds for a retail or Little League bat to be
At the conclusion of the factory tour, everyone gets a small Slugger— an
economical way to make sure everyone gets a souvenir to take back home. It
is fantastic. I got one and I have a place for it in my luggage. For serious
sluggers, a personalized bat ($18-$87) is a must; depending on the crowd at
the museum, production can take from 20 minutes to a few hours. They have
modern technology in this factory and the security is excellent. I enjoyed this
cultural trip so much.

April 2013

Center for English as a Second Language


Submitted by Maria Inga

Each moment in our lives is an adventure. However, I thank God and my
government for giving me the opportunity to be in Lexington in order to
improve my English. Now, I am going to tell about the most important journey that I had, a tour of the Town Branch Distillery in February, 2013.
First of all, I was pleased to be in that distillery. It was an interesting and
wonderful place for me. Actually, it was the
first time that I visited a place like that. They
prepare special alcohol: Kentucky Ale, Town
Branch Bourbon Whiskey, and a liqueur
mixed with coffee called Sundowner. The
staff was very kind and gentle. In addition,
they gave us samples of their products. It
tasted like alcohol and it warmed us because
that day was cold. They were kind and gentle the whole time. They wanted us to feel at home. It was an ideal day; I enjoyed everything that they showed us about the distillery.
A thing that caught my attention was that this factory kept old technology inside it. I admired it. Many factories destroy them and put in the new
one. They do not do that. They keep it like a museum and visitors love to see
it. This is a good point for them and it could attract more people. Other
companies must use it as a pattern in order to increase their profit.
In short, on each journey that
I go, I try to feel at home and to
learn more about this country
that has opened its doors to us in
order to expand our knowledge. I
want to share with my country all
of the magnificent things I experience in Kentucky.

April 2013

Center for English as a Second Language


Submitted by Tania Lopez

We, the Go Teachers Program students, were invited by our coordinators
to visit the Town Branch Bourbon Distillery, a historic site in Lexington, where
we learned how bourbon is made and why this good whiskey is the pride
and passion of Kentuckians.
First, the vans driven by Jason, Tom, Maureen, and Lindley transported
us to the distillery buildings. Once we arrived there, we felt impressed by the
staff´s hospitality which gave us a sense of friendship. Our guide, Tony,
spoke Spanish well and had even visited our country many times! The tour
began at the visitors’ center, where we watched a video explaining the history and operation. After that, we followed a rout through a small picturesque
distillery; inside it seemed to be an old processing plant where advanced
technology did not exist.
The adventure started
when we passed by and
observed the craftsmen
working in this traditional,
small-scale bourbon whiskey distillery. We began to
experience this fascinating
tour, looking at each step
of the production of that
precious golden liquid,
while our guide told us
the story of Kentucky
bourbon – dates, families’
names, and other details. We saw the serious workers dedicated to this fine
art; perhaps they felt the passion of belonging to a historic, traditional heritage. We stopped to take a look at the distillery process and take some pictures. It was interesting to see the old fashioned copper pots, stills and bottling machines.
The distillery tour finished, but our peaceful and aromatic walk continued
in the restored house where giant wooden reserve tanks sat next to the
modern stainless steel ones in the fermentation room. Surrounded by the
rich and warm aroma, our friendly guide continued explaining the process,
while a beautiful blond lady appeared with a plate of small glasses with

April 2013

Center for English as a Second Language


Ecuadorian Participation
Submitted by Mariana Diaz
The International Student Council was looking for
students to walk the runway in traditional clothing
from their countries. I was interested in performing
because I wanted to show the world a beautiful
example of the culture of my country, Ecuador. I
contacted the organizers of the event and they
helped me to make my dream real. The event was
held in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Center on the evening of
Thursday, February 28th 2013.
I represented Otavalo City with traditional dress for the Otavalo women
and I danced to a traditional song called
Wuayrapamushkas. There were a lot of people
in the audience, and at the beginning of the
event I was nervous. When I had to walk the
runway and the people started to clap for me, I
felt self-confident and I did my best effort. It was
a wonderful experience in my life because I felt
the people’s emotion. They took a lot of
pictures of me during my performance. When I finished, a lot of people came
to me to ask some questions about my country and the traditional clothing.
They took many pictures with me.
I am proud of myself for representing my country of Ecuador in an event
at the university and for helping make this event as diverse and entertaining
as possible.

Submitted by Carina Vallejo
The Walk for Warmth was a great
experience. We had the opportunity to
walk to help someone else. Every
Ecuadorian collected money to help
people who are homeless in Lexington.
We learned that it doesn’t matter where
we are; the important thing is to help
and give a hand when we can.
Jason and Jackie encouraged us to
participate in this activity. We walked about 2 hours in downtown Lexington
and when we finished, we found out that our team raised almost $1,000 to
help homelessness in Lexington. We also won first place for the largest group.
Lexington is a great place and has many people who are arranged to help.

Visit UK CESL and Go Teacher
online for more information!



(859) 257-7003
Fax: (859) 323-0387
1667 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington KY 40506-0027
[email protected]

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