Cambridge University Press Invites Miami Dade College to Collaborate on Foreign Languages Project
MDC ESL students reviewing course materials
Miami, July 19, 2010 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) diverse student body and foreign languages curriculum has recently drawn the attention of Cambridge University Press, the publishing arm of the University of Cambridge. Officials from Cambridge University Press visited MDC earlier this summer as part of its research for an upcoming foreign languages project. So far, MDC is the only US institution approached by Cambridge.
The purpose of Cambridge’s visit to MDC was to gain a better understanding of ESL (English as a Second Language) students in South Florida. After observing several ESL/Foreign Languages classes and speaking with faculty at the InterAmerican Campus, Cambridge invited MDC to collaborate on its English Profile program as a data contributor and research institution.
Cambridge has a publishing division devoted to English for academic purposes, and its collaboration with MDC will enable the college to contribute valuable information.
“This enormous language policy project will have an impact, not only on language teaching in Europe, but throughout the world,” said Dr. Michelle Thomas, director of MDC’s Accelerated Content-Based English project. “We are currently the only college in the nation that has been approached by Cambridge.”
Cambridge is one of the world’s leading research institutions and the oldest publisher and printer in the world, having been operating continuously since 1584. Its books and products are translated into 70 languages.
“To be invited by Cambridge University Press to collaborate with them is an incredible honor for Miami Dade College,” stated Dr. Carol Tulikangas, MDC dean of academic affairs.
For more information about MDC’s ESL/Foreign Languages department, visit www.mdc.edu, and type “ESL and Foreign Languages” in the search field. For further information about Cambridge University Press, visit www.cambridge.org.
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