Game Night


Game Night

Bring your favorite games and join us for game night fun tonight from 7pm – 9pm on the 7th floor of the Library Tower. Free drinks and snacks will be provided. See you there!


Reading Tip: Develop the Skill of Marginal Note-Taking

Obie, Level 4 Reading and Discussion Instructor

Obie, Level 4 Reading and Discussion Instructor


During reading class today (while completing the main idea activity), I mentioned the idea of taking notes in the margins of a book or passage. Highlighting alone in the passage is good, but to me it seems to turn into a colorful page that is not easy for me to follow or understand. Highlighting and writing in the margins is more beneficial in my opinion (and something I have personally tried) for a few reasons:

-Allows you to quickly reference the location of information while reviewing the passage or when asked a question about a passage

-Makes it easier for you to summarize the passage since the main ideas are already written in the margins

-Makes it easier to find passages that were confusing or that you did not completely understand (place a question mark [?] in the margin)

This method may not work for everyone, but I would recommend that all reading levels try to develop the skill of marginal note-taking.

Look at the following example taken from Educational Connections Inc.

obie reading post highlighting

Language Assistance Program (LAP)

Emily,  Level 2 Listening and Speaking Instructor

Emily, Level 2 Listening and Speaking Instructor

I am very excited to announce that we will be participating in the Language Assistance Program (LAP) this term in our Listening and Speaking course. In this program, Auburn University Montgomery students from the School of Nursing will be sitting in our class every Tuesday. These students will be helping our ESL students with daily class activities, pronunciation, and conversation skills. For our first week of LAP assistance, our class will be holding Conversation Circles. Essentially, Conversation Circles are mini conversations that encourage students to practice their English communicative ability. I have provided a list of topics that our class will work through during this term. I hope you guys enjoy!

Emily’s Level 2 Listening and Speaking: Conversation Circle


-Introduce yourself to your partners.

Topic #1: Food

  • What’s your favorite food in your country? Describe how to make it.
  • What are your favorite foods here in the United States? Are there any foods here that you don’t like?

Topic #2: Holidays

  • What are the most important holidays in your country? How do people celebrate them?
  • Which holiday is your favorite? Why?
  • Do you celebrate any American holidays? Which one do you like best? Why?

Topic #3: Landmarks

  • Describe a famous landmark or attraction in your country.
  • If I’m going to your country on vacation, what should I be sure to see and do?

Topic #4: Children

  • In your country, what role do children play in the family? Do they do household chores or help families earn money?
  • Should teenagers work at paying jobs, or focus entirely on school?
  • Do children in your country help make any family decisions?
  • How do you think children’s lives are different in the United States?

Topic #5: Relationships

  • Describe dating customs in your country. What’s appropriate? What’s not?
  • How is dating different in the United States?
  • How do people celebrate weddings in your country? Describe a wedding you attended — your own or someone else’s.

Topic #6: Vacations

  • What’s the best vacation you ever took? Where did you go? What did you do?
  • If you had unlimited time and money for a dream vacation, where would you go?

Topic #7: Jobs

  • What’s the best job you ever had? Why was it good?
  • What’s the worst job you ever had? Why was it bad?

Topic #8: Hobbies

  • What do you like to do when you’re not working?
  • Do you play any sport?
  • What’s the most popular sport in your country? Is it popular here?

Topic #9: Household

  • When you were growing up in your country, what chores did your parents do?
  • Did your mother and your father do different chores? Which chores were for men and which for women?
  • Do people still have to do those chores now? Why or why not?

Topic #10: Future

  • Are you in school?
  • What is your major?
  • What are your plans for the future?

Sources: LETC Teachers’ Corner

conversation partners

Book Club Begins February 5th

Emily, Book Club Sponsor

Emily, Book Club Sponsor

The English Book Club is very excited to invite all students currently enrolled in Intensive English classes at levels 3, 4, and 5. Come join us as we read, discuss, and have fun!

We will begin this term by reading Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” We hope to see you there!

Book Club Spring-1 2013

February 5th Book Club Reading

Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

Simplified Version: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
You can read and listen to the story at


Get to Know our Teachers

Kody, ESL Instructor

Kody, ESL Instructor

Meet Kody

Kody Salzburn is a certified TESOL teacher and has been teaching in the English as a Second Language Program at Auburn University Montgomery since January 2011. He graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from AUM, where he is currently an MBA student.  Kody has a passion for interacting with people from different cultures and teaching English as a Second Language. He enjoys teaching IEP classes as well as a TOEFL test prep class. When he is not teaching, Kody enjoys photography, music, and traveling. He loves traveling in Europe and hopes to teach English abroad in the future.

New Year Greetings

Happy New Year! I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new and returning students. We are very excited about the ESL Programs we are offering in January. We strive to offer you high-quality English language training to help you succeed in your academic, professional, and personal lives.

The Intensive English Program and the Communicative English Program offer day-time and evening classes for young adults and adults. The Intensive English Program focuses on academic English while the Communicative English program focuses on general English. Depending on your needs and your proficiency level, you can choose one or more of the 17 classes we offer this winter.

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I encourage you to take advantage of early registration discounts, which expire on January 11.

Kylie Phillips, Program Associate

Kylie Phillips, Program Associate

If you have any questions about our programs, need further information, or wish to register for courses, please contact Kylie Phillips, our new program associate, at (334) 244-3131 or

We look forward to seeing you in our program this winter!


Gokhan Alkanat,
Senior Program Manager