We live in a fast changing, interconnected world. Learning another language has never been more important. Technology can translate words from one language to another. However, sharing ideas in a common language is the best way for people to build common understanding and work together for a better future.

Learning a language overseas is not easy, but I believe that this challenge can be an exciting, life changing experience. You will meet people from many countries and experience new ideas and customs. You will also learn about yourself and gain confidence in working as part of a multicultural community.

At IELI, we will challenge you to develop your language skills to a high level. Our course will also help you develop intellectual flexibility and cultural communication skills to give you confidence for your future endeavours.

At the same time, IELI teachers and staff will work hard to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our commitment to you is to provide the best educational program and social support possible. We want to create a learning community where each student can achieve their best. In fact, many students say that the IELI learning community is like a second family.

I look forward to welcoming you to the IELI family and helping you on this important step towards your future and your future role in shaping a better world. I am confident that the skills, friendships and experiences you have at IELI will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Bonnie Cothren
IELI Director

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