New English conversation class taught by International starts at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4

This is from Rich in an email about a new English conversation class that starts tomorrow, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. — Come meet Teacher Cesar! Teacher Cesar begins his new class this Monday (Feb. 4 at 7:00 pm) at Friendship House MSU. The class is called “How Internationals Learn to Speak English.”  Here’s what the […]

Teacher Ken suggests using a hand mirror to help make the “th” sound

Teacher Ken at Friendship House MSU is a veteran language tutor who spends his day helping non-English speakers pronounce words correctly and using them for productive and understandable conversation. His class is at noon on Wednesdays at the Friendship House classroom annex at University Lutheran Church on Harrison just around the corner. Come to his […]

Some Friendship House MSU classes move to University Lutheran Church around the corner

To give Friendship House MSU International students more elbow room, several classes have moved to the Fellowship Room in the University Lutheran Church (ULC)  just around the corner on Harrison Road. “Ken’s class” was held there today for the first time.  Students and helpers commented with smiles about the extra room and how students can […]

New semester at Friendship House MSU has Internationals from 21 countries

  Humbling. It’s the best word to describe what’s going on at Friendship House MSU.  International students from 21 countries made a choice to try us out for learning English conversation and Bible study. Our mission is to serve their needs, build them up and help them forge friendships with each other, and us, that […]

Friendship House MSU: the destination to learn and practice English conversation

Yesterday’s post mentioned the first meeting of our new “Conversational Speaking Skills” class (held Tuesday evenings).  The second section of the same class met for the first time today (Wednesday morning) and was just as impressive.  Teacher Kathiann is adroit at explaining the formation of sounds within English words and her students are responding enthusiastically. […]

Last night’s English Conversation Speaking Skills draws 20 students

Friendship House MSU is offering some new classes this semester in addition to many popular returning ones.  One of them, Conversational Speaking Skills, was anticipated to be a big draw because it’s based on suggestions by students returning to their home countries. The class is being offered in two sections to accommodate strong student interest, […]

Rich says he needs your help to find one more English conversation teacher

Rich Bearup, Friendship House MSU executive director, sent out a call for help to find an additional teacher for an English conversation class that has experienced a high volume of registrations.  An additional section is being organized.  Here’s what he said in an e-mail today: Dear Teachers, One of our newest teachers, Kathiann, tutored Internationals […]

Janine’s message to other spouses of MSU Internationals

Hi Everybody, My name is Janine Boehmer and I am from Germany. I arrived with my husband Jan and our son Phineas in August 2011 in East Lansing. My husband pursues his PhD in media and information studies and I am a volunteer at Friendship House. When we arrived in East Lansing, my English was […]

Consumer English Class will end semester at dairy farm

This summer’s Consumer English for Internationals class will end Friday August 10 with a field trip to a local dairy farm to discuss food safety.  Students wishing to attend need to sign-up with Teacher Rich. The Thelen Family farm near the village of Fowler will be the class destination.  They milk over 500 cows three […]

Friendship House MSU “News Class” examines effects of sitting on health

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25, starting at 6 p.m., the Friendship House MSU “News Class” will examine a recent study that says too much sitting is just as dangerous as smoking.  Sitting more than three hours a day can take more than two years off your lifespan.  Internationals will have a chance to read it in […]