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Melissa Jo Zambrana '16 describes her summer working at Tufts University’s Summer English Language Program. Imagine trying to develop skills in a language different than your own in a country where you know no one. Melissa Jo worked with college-aged students from 15 countries who were hoping to craft, improve, and refine their English language skills. There were daily excursions into Boston, presentations and workshops on American history and culture, and classes on idioms and world events. In her role as resident counselor, she worked to create a comforting, vibrant academic community for the students but found herself learning a lot from them as well. They taught her their languages, shared their perspectives on global issues, and showed ways in which they had fun in their countries. The students might have come to improve their English, but everyone at the Summer English Language Programs learned much more than they expected and developed friendships spanning the oceans.

Melissa Jo Zambrana '16 describes her summer working at Tufts University’s Summer English Language Program. Imagine trying to develop skills in a language different than your own in a country where you know no one. Melissa Jo worked with college-aged students from 15 countries who were hoping to craft, improve, and refine their English language skills. There were daily excursions into Boston, presentations and workshops on American history and culture, and classes on idioms and world events. In her role as resident counselor, she worked to create a comforting, vibrant academic community for the students but found herself learning a lot from them as well. They taught her their languages, shared their perspectives on global issues, and showed ways in which they had fun in their countries. The students might have come to improve their English, but everyone at the Summer English Language Programs learned much more than they expected and developed friendships spanning the oceans.

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