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  1. 1. A publication ofThe ESL Globe The ESL Iinstitute University of Tennessee at Summer 2012 Chattanooga Thirty-three ESL field trippers spent 2 days in Pigeon Forge shopping, attending shows, and thrilling to roller coasters. Rainy Day Fun in Pigeon Forge! Field Trip to Pigeon Forge: Dollywood by Kwan | After we had a great time at Dixie Stampede on Wednesday night, in the morning rain showers we went to Dollywood, where there is the most fabulous amusement park in Tennessee. I have visited here once before, but I still felt very excited. I started at the new ride, Wild Eagle, which is Americas first winged roller coaster. I rode an awesome "winged coaster" ride. After that, I rode one of my favorite rides, the Mystery Mine, where there is a 1,811-foot track traveling through an ‘abandoned coal mine.’ Next, Barnstormer, the highest swing that I have ever ridden, reaches a staggering 81 feet in the air! And then, I walked up to Mountain Sliderwinder and I slid down the mountainside along high-banked curves. In the afternoon, I had a chance to see one show there, and it was an amazing show. It was called the Gazillion Bubble Show. Its a bubble artist that does incredible things with soap bubbles. It was such an impressive show. After the show, it was still raining, so I tried to get wetter at Daredevil Falls and I finished riding at Smoky Mountain River Rampage. I totally got soaked after I rode the boat ride, but it was so much fun!! Even though it had been raining all day, I believe that everyone made impressive memories and had unforgettable experiences at Dollywood. In this Newsletter Pigeon Forge Sailing Southern Belle Movies Student Writing
  2. 2. ActivitiesDollywood Dixie Stampede Inside the Dixie Stampede arena.Guess who? by Steve Zhiming Li | If you ask me where you can both learn American history and eat a delicious four- course dinner, the answer is Dixie Stampede. If you ask me where you can enjoy country music and see a fabulous show at the same time, the answer is also Dixie Stampede. If you ask me where you can find magnificent horses and have an amazing family or friends trip, the answer still is Dixie Stampede. Fortunately, we took a trip to Pigeon Forge, so we had an excellent experience in dinner theater- Dixie Stampede. For me, I had to say that was the best trip I had ever taken in ESL. Its a wonderful two-hour show. From start to finish, the show features nonstop entertainment, including singing, dancing, trick riding, comedy and a ‘rivalry’ of North and South. YouCarolina’s mustache is bigger. would never feel bored in a second. How great the show is! How wonderful taking a trip with our teachers was! If possible, please bring your family there. Youll not be regretful.The Wild Eagle, the new big roller coaster at Dollywood. A hungry pre-show crowd. The Dixie Stampede menu. Page 2 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  3. 3. Activities Pigeon Forge Photo GalleryArriving at Dollywood End of the Day at Dollywood (the Wild Eagle Roller Coaster in the ackground.)Put a Ring On It PreshowIbrahim and Abdulhameed Titanic!Aziz on the Bus Page 3 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  4. 4. ActivitiesSouthern Belle Day Trip & Lunch The Young Man and the Lake by Abdulhameed | Our ESL Director decided totake us on a sailing trip on June 21st. We all got ready andeveryone headed to the spot in their own car. Before weentered the boat, we went shopping in the gift shops aroundthe deck. by Will Choung | On June 7, 2012, class members from the Games & Fun class went to Teacher Dee’s house. We stayed in order to ride on a boat. We were waiting for shade and wind. Meanwhile, we played pool, basket ball, board games, etc. Dee had a lot of things for entertainment. We enjoyed everything like kids. Finally the sun was going down and the shade appeared and the wind was blowing. We left Dee’s house and arrived at the dock. There are so many boats having tall masts. It was awesome! I had never seen that before! We separated into three groups and rode a boat. Our sailors were made up of Eun, Steve, me and our captain. We spread the sail and then the boat was moving slowly. I felt that the water was lapping. The sail boat was not fast, but that has special benefits such as peacefulDay trippers on the Southern Belle movement and relaxation. The captain taught the names of the parts of the boat and how to change directions. We practiced turning andAfter that, we entered the boat to see all the fun that was we succeeded. Then I deluded myself. I thought I was Santiago who iswaiting for us. Around 10:00 o’clock the boat set off and we the main character in the novel, ‘The Old man and the Sea’. I laid onwere so excited. There was an open buffet so we ate lunch the bow and enjoyed the experience. Everything was perfect forenjoying the beautiful view of the river. After we ate our sailing.meal, we headed to the upper deck of the boat. There we gotto meet the captain and he talked to us about safety. Afterthat, everyone started to take pictures of the fantastic viewsand we also got to listen to David and Ann sing until the endof the trip. We left the boat and went to an ice-cream shopdowntown. Everyone was satisfied with the trip. It was agood experience and I would like to thank Jane and everyonethat helped to set up the trip. Will as Santiago The sun shone into my eyes, the wind blew onto my body, the spray of water splashed my toes. Gradually, peace was coming to my mind. Then I thought about my future. What is my goal and what am I living for? I don’t know yet. but I realized the most important thing. This isThe Southern Belle my future and nobody can decide for me. So my first goal is to find my direction quickly. Because of sailing I experienced a lot of things. I appreciated the captain and teacher Dee. Thanks! Page 4 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  5. 5. Movie NightsWe Bought a Zoo and Dolphin Tale Entertain the ESL Students at the ESL House Movie Night, Wonderful Night by Shawn Wu | Thursday night, June 25, I had a movie th On the evening of July 26 , a few ESL students gathered atnight with my classmates. Each of us spent a wonderful the ESL house to watch Dolphin Tale. There were a fewevening. I believe that it will be a special memory in my life guests,including Carolyn’s grandchildren. And Mr. Womackbecause It was my first movie night. was there. Everybody brought snacks and drinks. The movieThe start of movie night was at half past seven. Before was displayed on the side of the house and everyone madewatching the movie, we had dinner together. Teacher Jane had themselves a comfortable place in the adjacent parking lot.not only ordered many pizzas and cold drinks, but also teacherAnne prepared salad. Steve brought some sushi for us, andothers brought cakes for our dinner. They were so deliciousthat I couldn’t help but taste them, even though I had eatendinner.We got ready for the movie after we finished dinner. We hadto wait for a period of time, but then the movie projector wasset up by teacher Wade. Before the movie began, I turnedround to see. suddenly I realized that these present personswere from America, China, Korea, India, Mexico, Saudi ArabiaThailand, Turkey. How fantastic it is watching a movie withpeople who came from eight countries! The film’s name wasWe Bought a Zoo, which I had never seen. Although my Englishis not good enough to catch each dialogue, I was still able tounderstand the main meaning of the movie. It’s a lovely movie.I have to say that outdoor movie gave me a differentexperience after I was in the habit of seeing a moviein cinemas. I got a lot from this movie night, like delicious food,the encouragement from the film, the different experience andso on. But for me, my biggest gain is theincreasing understanding of the American culture. The movienight is a part of Americans’ life. Even if it just is a part, it alsoshowed me the life style of Americans. It gave me a betterunderstanding of the United States. Page 5 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  6. 6. CultureRamadhan & Eid Al-Fitr Fasting Muslims practice sawm, or fasting, for the entire month of Ramadan. This means that they may eat or drink nothing, including by Hussam water, while the sun shines. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam. As with other Islamic duties, all able Muslims take part in Ramadan sawm from about age twelve. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Islam During Ramadan in the Muslim world, most restaurants are closed uses a lunar calendar-that is, each month begins with the during the daylight hours. Families get up early for suhoor, a meal sighting of the new moon. Because the lunar calendar is eaten before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar used a meal known as Iftar. Iftar usually begins with dates and sweet elsewhere, Islamic holidays "move" each year. In 2012, drinks that provide a quick energy boost. Ramadan began at sundown on July 19th. For more than a Fasting serves many purposes. While they are hungry and thirsty, billion Muslims around the world-including some 8 million Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an in North America-Ramadan is a "month of blessing" marked opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and by prayer, fasting, and charity. mind. And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with Why this Month? fellow believers. Muslims believe that during the month of Ramadan, Allah revealed the first verses of the Quran, the holy book of Eid al-Fitr Islam. Around 610 A.D., a caravan trader named Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which in 2012 occurs Muhammad took to wandering the desert near Mecca (in on Aug. 19. Literally the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," Eid al-Fitr is todays Saudi Arabia) while thinking about his faith. One one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other night a voice called to him from the night sky. It was the occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At Eid al-Fitr people angel Gabriel, who told Muhammad he had been chosen to dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and receive the word of Allah. In the days that followed, decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and Muhammad found himself speaking the verses that would family. A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. be transcribed as the Quran. At many mosques during Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, Ramadan, about one thirtieth of the Quran is recited each they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month night in prayers known as Tarawih. In this way, by the end draws to a close, Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by of the month the complete scripture will have been recited. feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques. Henna Eid greeting Page 6 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  7. 7. PeopleThe Importance of Being Erna By Erna Fella | This summer I’ve had theopportunity to teach Level 3 Grammar whileLinda Voychehovski took a much needed break. Iwas thrilled when she asked me to teach for her!As always, the students are so motivated to learnEnglish. I’m so pleased with my students’ greatattitudes and thirst for knowledge! This summer,though, has been even better than before becauseof the new International House! Wow! What ahuge difference from teaching in the damp, darkand dingy Metro basement! I love our new “home”which is so bright and cheerful. it feelsvery cozy to be in this new environment. I thinkthe students can learn better in this new building.Granted, in this new building we have narrowhallways, but that is part of its charm. It has beenvery easy to become close to all students (even theones I don’t teach) because we see each other ‘upclose and personal’ in the new building. I just loveit! This has been a fabulous summer for me , and Take responsibility for theI’m so happy to have met such wonderful studentswho are now my new friends! ENERGY you bring into this space. 42: A Hollywood Film Which Includes Our Star, Wade Rittenberry by Wade Rittenberry | As some of you may have noticed, I was absent for a few weeks at the beginning of the summer session. This was because I had joined hundreds of other people to be part of a movie being filmed here in town. It was fun and exciting, and we all had to dress up in clothes from Jackie Robinson the 1940’s – I even got a haircut! It’s a baseball movie, and Engel Stadium here in Chattanooga is one of a few old baseball parks still standing. It was perfect for a film set in the 1940’s!The movie is about a man named Jackie Robinson. Jackie was the first African-American athlete to play on a major leaguebaseball team in the United States. This finally happened in April, 1947, after a long struggle about whether an African-American should be allowed to play. Major League Baseball (MLB) was an “all-white” sport before Jackie took the field onthat April day. Harrison Ford (Han Solo, Indiana Jones) plays Brooklyn Dodgers’ team executive Branch Rickey. It was Mr.Rickey’s persistence and influence which gave Jackie the opportunity to play. Mr. Rickey’s leadership and Jackie’s will tosucceed are two key elements which made his entry into MLB such an important event in United States history. Jackie’sstrong character allowed him to persevere, because many baseball fans didn’t want an African-American to play. Manypeople yelled terrible things at him while he was on the field, even other players and coaches. Jackie knew that thiswould happen, but he still played hard, because he knew that other African-Americans were counting on him to do well.The movie is called “42” – that was Jackie’s number when he played. It is scheduled for release in April, 2013. You cancheck out a list of other actors and actresses in the movie on the “42” IMDb webpage: I would encourage all of you to read about Jackie and his accomplishments both on and off the field.His courage has led many to brand him a hero after what he endured, and I am one of them. What do you think? Page 7 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  8. 8. Student Writing Who I Am Is Not a Mystery Second-hand Smoke by Shane Ha | Why is second hand smoke fatal? The reason is by Haitham Aldughiem | I am a regular that it is too harmful not only to smokers but also to non-smokers. Secondpositive person like many people who enjoy their hand smoke is a big health hazard because it causes non-smokers, for instantlives. I love people and life. My wisdom in life: young children, elderly persons, even strong young men, to have noxious"enjoying everything." conditions such as cancer. I have been suffering from asthma. It’s been I have strong father with a strong personality. He almost 5 or 6 years since I recognized my bad symptoms. What I want to sayloves people and they love him in return. He is a very is how I had gotten the diseases from second hand smoke. At my work backgenerous and notable man. My mother is a strong home in Korea, we usually used the annex room when we workedwoman who could keep seven children under control. investigating something sensitive and complicated. These cases were almostShe is a perfect house wife. She cooks, cleans . . .etc. all about personnel fraud, company future strategies, and disciplines. So, myWith her you do not have to wish, you have to talk to co-workers and I were so depressed by those things. Whenever we worked orher only. She knows what you want and will do it for investigated some issues, one or two of my workers used to smokeyou. cigarettes. Actually that room was designated for us, so we could smoke in We in Saudi Arabia have a special culture like other that room even though our building was a non-smoking building. Sometimes Ipeople and countries. "Honor" is a basic principle in felt my bad breath, cough, and sore throat. But I couldn’t complain about mymy communities culture. Each member of the family is co-workers’ actions. That was just our working culture. Hard work andexpected to add to that familys good, name by being unclean air made my asthma get worse. When I was talking to my doctorhonest working hard, and taking care of each other about my asthma, he told me how dangerous second hand smoke was. Itand people who want help. could make me die. So, I decided to tell my co-workers to stop smoking in I have hobbies that are the best for me. I like public places. That was just for all of us. After that, I felt better. Probably nowhunting birds and several kinds of animal as I like those workers are thankful for the decision that they made at thathunting chances. time. I’m pretty sure that they didn’t recognize the problem as much as I did, If you do not have goals or targets in your life, you but it was sufficient to make them pay attention to the fact that someonewill not be a positive person. I love business and public else around the smokers was suffering from second hand smoke. It becamerelations. I am planning to be a Banker and a obvious that second hand smoke is a real problem, all things considered,Businessman. including my experience, not to mention how many people die from second One of the special things about me is "the best of hand smoke(each year almost 3,000 non-smoking American die of lungeverything." That means if I am going to do cancer). We should consider banning smoking in public places becausesomething, I love to do it in the best way. If I need to people who are suffering from diseases caused by smoke are many morebuy something, I like to buy the best kind of that than the ones who die from smoke. Therefore, banning smoking in publicthing. I like the best always. places is the best way for us to live together happily forever. As I said before, I am a regular person with specialqualities in life that make me unique. My Thoughts About Smoking and Non-smokers by Nasser Al Harbi In my opinion, smoking should be banned at indoor public places. As a smoker, I understandthe fact that it is an unhealthy habit, and no one should have it forced upon them by others. Second hand smoke is a realissue and inside buildings and at close quarters, it should be banned. But in outdoor places and at the pblic parks, I thinkits OK to smoke there. Or at least, there should be a special place for smokers. This would be healthier for non-smokers.Sometimes the person who doesnt smoke "smokes" even if he doesnt smoke. Sitting around people who smoke exposespeople who are sitting by them to many diseases. It could cause lung cancer, and it is linked to respiratory infrections, suchas asthma and chronic respiratory problems and persistent wheezing and coughing.You should avoid sitting next to smokers to stay healthy. Most importantly, smoking should be against the law in publicplaces. Page 8 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  9. 9. Student WritingThe Sorrow of the Chinese National Etiquette by Shawn Wu | Is the censorship of books, films by Carolyn Vinson Randle | TABLE MANNERSand news necessary? I dont think so. In my opinion, In order to learn reading strategies, comprehension, and vocabulary,everyone has the right to express his opinions in a my Level 2 students, along with Candace’s Level 1 students, readlawful way. Freedom of speech includes books, films articles about various topics. One they found particularly amusing wasand news, and is a basic right for all of us. It should about proper table manners. They learned that what is acceptable innot be limited or censored. one culture might be rude, or even funny, in another culture.This lead Also, nobody can ensure the public will be able to to a lively discussion of proper mealtime behavior in their countries.understand the real idea from the books, films and Below are some tips that will help you if you visit their, after the government agencies have censoredthem. We will be unable to get more knowledge andget information immediately. Brazil: Renan In the U.S, there are laws that prohibit censorship.The government says all the people can express  Don’t put your elbows on the table.themselves. But there is a completely different thing  When you leave the table, you say: Excuse China. In China, all the information must be  Don’t eat with a cap on.censored before being published, whether it is books,films or news. Its possible that you published theinformation on the internet. But even so, theinformation will be deleted if it doesnt pass the Venezuela: Vivianacensorship in several minutes. We can only get thebooks,films and news that the government wants us  Don’t slurp your get.  Don’t make noises, only quiet conversation. And China is the country with the most rigorous  Men must not take off their shirts at the table.internet censorship in the world. We dont haveFacebook and Twitter. The worse thing is we evencant connect to most webpages of other countries. In Mexico: Maricelaaddition to these, there isnt a "Google" in China. If wewant to use the Google search in China, we need to  Don’t burp when you eat.connect to "", which webpage of Google is  Don’t eat with your mouth open.registered in Hongkong, instead of "".  Don’t make noises. As a result of the rigorous censorship, the reporterno longer is the uncrowned king. Reporters will not beable to publish real-time news on TV when accidentshappen. All the reports about bad things will be China: Jessicaallowed to be announced only after they have beencensored because the government believes that their  Don’t stand chop stick straight up in a bowl of rice. Theface is the most important. All I can say is that this is people will think you are worshipping a dead person. You arethe sorrow of the Chinese National. cursing the people.  In some regions, people have master seats for the head of the family. If you sit there, the master will think you violate him.  Don’t mix foods together if you are eating with other people. Also involved in the project were, left to right, Khalid, Nick, Abdulhameed, and Zaineb. Page 9 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  10. 10. StudentsStudent WritingConversation on the Spot: A Visit to the Hunter Art Museum Early in June, Khiah Smith took her Advanced Conversation class to see an exhibition about Rock & Roll at the Hunter Art Museum. The ESL attendees were Fathima, Cigdem, Khiah, Wendy, Wei, Ibrahim, Shawn, and Haithem. Haithem wrote down comments from some of the attendees. Ibrahim: It was a great by Haitham Aldughiem | Haitham recorded some of the reactions: trip. We learned a lot Shawn: It was a wonderful of things about trip! The museum taught me a American musical lot about music! culture. I especially liked the board that Wei: It was a fantastic allows visitors to write opportunity to know and learn about their feelings. about some American modern art--and in English! Cigdem: It was a different Khiah: I think seeing experience for me. Thank the rock and roll you very much!! exhibit was a fun cultural experience for everyone. It was interesting. Page 10 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  11. 11. Events & Notices Odds and Ends To Get A Taxi in Chattanooga, You May Call:Dates for ESL Programs for 2013 All American Taxi 2910 Rossville Boulevard ChattanoogaSpring 2013: January 14 through April 11 (423) 867-6190Summer 2013: May 13 through August 1 Millennium Taxi & Transportation 2145 South Holly StreetFall 2013: September 3 through November 27 Chattanooga (423) 267-2008 To Rent a Car in Chattanooga, You May Call:Places to See in Chattanooga: Hertz Rent A Car 1101 Airport RoadRock City Gardens Chattanooga1400 Patten Road (423) 855-8131Lookout Mountain, GA 30750 BUDGET CAR RENTALWonderful natural place. It is Located atop Lookout 1001 Airport RoadMountain, just 6 miles from downtown. ChattanoogaAlso you can See 7 States from there. Tickets cost (423) 855-2232($18.95 adults & $10.95 children (ages 3-12).It is opensfrom 8:30am to 8:00pm. Evelyn Sarah Rittenberry-Welcome to the World!Ruby Falls1720 S. Scenic Hwy July 2012Lookout Mountain, TN 37409A waterfall, enjoy the many geological wonderslocated throughout the cave.Tickets costs ($17.95 adults & $9.95 children). Itopens from 8.00am to 8.00pm.Hunter Museum of American Art10 Bluff ViewChattanooga, TN 37403The Hunter Museum focuses on American art fromthe Colonial period to the present day. The museumis located in an historical mansion and a sleekcontemporary building on the bluffs overlooking the Here’s a white boardTennessee River. doodle. Who is it? Who drew it? Thank you to the subject. Thank you to theRailroad artist!4119 Cromwell RdChattanooga, TN 37421Hiwassee River Rail Adventure service is in addition to Tennessee ValleyRailroad Museum’s many excursions and special events based inChattanooga, offered from Etowah, Tennessee. Tickets costs ($34 foradults, $26 for children and $19 for meal).Tennessee AquariumOne Broad Street, Chattanooga TN, 37402Enjoy a remarkable journey with 10,000 animals. Then, let us take you toplaces you’ve only imagined. Page 11 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●
  12. 12. Friends Call Me! Text Me! Abdulhmeed Haitham Aldughiem Renan (615)-481-6186 (615) 556-3579 (423) 584-2977 Viviana Hussam Alkushiban Nasser Alharbi vivifebres0108@hotmail Stoon-900@ Alharbi.nassser.a@ .es (423) 255-5704 (865) 253-8412 (423) 305-9077 Shane Yunseun Ha Steve Zhiming Li Zaineb Yunseunha Izm271122839@ Umhamed1423@hotmail .com (423) 290-3846 (423) 653-1381 Kwan Jessica Zhuang Wendy Klong kkaawwaann@ (423) 987-5898 (423) 653-8319 Maricela Zorate Ciqdem Savas Sunal OK Soon Park Bonita.riaga@ ciqdemsavas (423) 745-2525 (423) 715-3078 (423) 309-2526 Daniel Teahoon Ki Carolina Cuellar Will Choung Carito.cuellar@ Joungwooi2000@ (423) 994-0410 (423) 305-8506 (423) 255-8973 Eun Chong Kim Khaled Fathima Shanthi James Kimmedia3@ Fathima.shanthi81@ m (646)734-8514 (202) 644-0115 (423) 800-1120 Charles Jeong Shawn Wu David Van Ingram (423) 902-2460 (423) 227-9165 Jane Womack Linda Voychehovski Anne Rittenberry (423) 364-5591 (423) 667-2062 Khiah Smith Wade Rittenberry Carolyn Randle waderittenberry@ (540)227-0557 Suzanne Carter Candace Long Nancy Neff (423) 622-7645 (423) 902-6556 (423) 432-7706 Page 12 ● Summer 2012 ● Volume 3, Issue 3 ● ESL Globe ● UTC ESL Institute ●