What is International Education Week?

Every year for one week in November, schools, colleges and universities, and even embassies throughout the U.S. and around the world celebrate International Education Week (IEW). The official website explains that IEW ” is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” and is and effort ” to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

This year, Shoreline Community College is celebrating IEW with a wide variety of events.

International Coffee and Tea Tasting

Monday, November 18 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
PUB Lobby
Drop by the PUB on Monday morning to kick off IEW by tasting coffee and tea from different countries and cultures around the world! You’ll also have the chance to learn about the many different traditions and customs related to coffee and tea.

Study Abroad Fair & Passport Day

Monday, November 18 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
PUB Lobby
Want to study abroad? Learn about all the fascinating places you can go with Shoreline’s study abroad programs and the scholarships that are available. We’ll also have a representative from the Seattle Passport Agency who can tell you all about how to get a passport!

Trivia Night

Tuesday, November 19 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
7262 Great Room (in the on-campus residence hall)

Test your knowledge of the world! Compete against small teams and individuals to see who can answer the most questions in our globe-spanning trivia night. Winners will receive prizes, and everyone will get free pizza!

Global Perspectives

“Old Masters, New Skills”
Perspectives on Teaching in Modern China
Wednesday, November 20 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
PUB 9208

Listen to the tales of an American laoshi (that’s “teacher” in Mandarin) spanning what it’s like to teach in China as a foreigner and interesting places to visit along the way! Shoreline ESL faculty member Tom Genest will be sharing his experiences and taking questions about his time in China.

South Africa Study Abroad Panel
Wednesday, November 20 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
PUB 9208

Join Dr. Ernest Johnson, Dr. Elena Esquibel, and a group of students who recently returned from a study abroad trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Students will make a presentation about their experiences and answer questions from the audience.

Language Tables

Thursday, November 21 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
PUB Lobby

Learn words and useful phrases from native speakers of languages hailing from countries around the globe! Each language will have a table with games and snacks.

Badminton Tournament

Friday, November 22 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3000 Main Gym

Show off your skills in a doubles badminton tournament! Badminton is popular in countries around the world, from Britain to China to Indonesia. Join us in celebrating this sport whose popularity can’t be contained by borders. All current Shoreline students are welcome to sign up – if you don’t have a partner, we can help you find one. Finalists will win prizes!

Badminton Tournament

International Education Week wraps up with a Badminton Tournament on Friday, November 17. The tournament is held in the main gym from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Even if you don’t play, go and cheer on your fellow Phins! Winners of the tournament will receive movie vouchers.

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Sign up online or visit the International Education Department (9302) and sign up at the front desk. The deadline to sign up is 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 15. This event is open to all current Shoreline students.

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Make sure you check out other International Education Week events and follow along at the International Education Facebook Page.

– Meg Humphrey

International Myths & Tales Panel

All cultures have their own myths and tales. Sometimes myths explain how the Earth was formed and created, or discuss heroes and magical figures. Others are used to teach valuable lessons about how to behave or why people live a certain way. These stories are universal, and there is a lot to learn from the myths of other countries.

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The International Myths & Tales Panel will be in the Quiet Dining Room in the PUB on Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. Celebrate International Education Week and join your fellow Shoreline students and staff as we share myths and tales from all over the globe!

For more information about International Education Week, check out the International Education Facebook page. Don’t miss the Photo Contest, Study Abroad Fair, Language Tables, and Badminton Tournament!

– Meg Humphrey

Say Hello, Bonjour, こんにちは, and More at the Language Tables

The Language Tables are back for International Education week! Stop by PUB Lobby on Thursday, November 16 from 11:30am – 1:00pm to try out languages like Japanese, Punjabi, and French.

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You’ll learn some quick and useful phrases as well as see some student work from the languages taught here at Shoreline. If you’re interested in world languages and traveling, this is a great event for you to visit.

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For more information about International Education Week, check out the International Education Facebook page. Don’t miss the Photo Contest, Study Abroad Fair, International Myths & Tales Panel, and Badminton Tournament!

– Meg Humphrey

International Education Week Photo Competition

We are looking for submissions for the International Education Week Photo Competition! The contest is open to all current Shoreline students, and each participant can submit up to three photos. The deadline to submit photos is November 8 at 11:59pm. Make sure you include a title/caption relating to the photo and the theme of “Transitions.”

Photo Contest

Submissions should be emailed to iwelcome@shoreline.edu using the subject like “IEW Photo Contest.” The top 10 photos will be displayed around the PUB during November 13 through 15 for public voting. Each person can only vote once on their favorite three photos.

Winners will be announced at the International Myths & Tales Panel on November 15, from 12:30-2:30 in the Quiet Dining Room. The winners will be awarded movie vouchers. Take advantage of the nice weather and go take photos!

For more information and entry rules, check out the event post on the International Education Facebook.

– Meg Humphrey
Photo by Linda Du