Welcome Spring-2 Students!

Welcome back! We hope that all of you are having a great first week of classes. If the first day is any indicator, this is going to be a wonderful term. We have many exciting activities lined up for you all this term: Game Nights, Movie Days, English Tables, and a Paintball Trip!

To better help you plan for our events, here is a printable calendar:.SPRING-2 CALENDAR.

Also, the sign-up sheet for the Paintball Trip will be in the ESL Office. Please sign-up before April 9! There are limited spots available, so make sure that you come as soon as possible to reserve your place.

Paintball Flyer

From all of us here at AUM’s ESL Office, we look forward to another great term! 


Spring-1 End of Term Luncheon


Spring-1 End of Term Luncheon

Make plans to attend the end of term luncheon this Thursday, March 14, from 11:45am – 1pm in Room#2. Lots of fun games, prizes, awards, and good food are just a few of the reasons you don’t want to miss this special activity. Make sure and let your listening & speaking instructor or the ESL office know if you plan to attend.

Mobile, Alabama Trip

Mardi Gras

Have you ever heard of Mardi Gras? If not, we have a great opportunity for you to experience and learn about this celebration. The Intensive English Program will be taking a trip to Mobile, AL on Saturday, February 9 and will be able to see a Mardi Gras parade as well as other popular attractions during the day. This trip is open to all current IEP students, but seats are limited. Any student interested in attending this acculturation activity should see Kylie in the ESL office as soon as possible.  No matter if you know a little or a lot about Mardi Gras, this trip is for you.  Seats are going fast, so make sure and sign up today!

IEP Mobile Trip Tentative Itinerary

Date Saturday, February 9, 2013
Check-In Time No later than 8:45 AM in nursing parking lot
Transportation AUM Vans
Cost $5 – Reservation Fee (only current IEP students)
Things to Bring With You:
  1. Camera
  2. Spending Money for meals and souvenirs
Itinerary(approximatetimes) 8:45am          Meet at AUM

9:00am          Leave Montgomery

12:00pm        Lunch and Mobile Bay Sightseeing

2:00pm          USS Alabama Tour

6:00pm          Mardi Gras Parade

8:00pm          Dinner


MG 2

Watch more about the history of Mardi Gras here: http://www.history.com/videos/mardi-gras-origins#history-of-mardi-gras

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


Fall-2 Christmas Trip to Fantasy in Lights

We’re really excited about our upcoming Christmas trip to Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  For those of you who are still “thinking” about going and have yet to sign-up, take a look at this list of 15 facts about Fantasy in Lights.


Now in its 21st year, Fantasy In Lights continues to be the most incredible holiday light and sound show in the South. Here are a few fun facts from behind the scenes:

  1. Fantasy In Lights opened in 1992 with five scenes. Since then, it has grown to include more than a dozen lighted scenes with music and many with animation.
  2. The original scenes were designed by professionals who had formerly worked with Disney’s Imagineering department.
  3. The total show includes some 8 million lights. This is equivalent to the number of lights on 26,666 standard 6-foot tall Christmas Trees.
  4. It takes a lot of electricity to keep the lights burning and a lot extension cords to deliver it – some 3,500 of them.
  5. More than 32 miles of cable is required to power the sound and lights.
  6. About 12 million cable ties hold all the cables in place.
  7. Three of the scenes are controlled with digital show controls, just like those used in Broadway productions.
  8. If you connected all of the light strings used in Fantasy In Lights, they would stretch more than 725 miles. That’s enough to outline the state of South Carolina or stretch end to end from Pine Mountain to Baltimore, Md.
  9. It takes approximately 3,900 man-hours to install Fantasy In Lights, 1,780 man-hours to maintain it while the show is open, and 1,020 man-hours to disassemble it.
  10. It takes six weeks to install the entire show, with each scene requiring three to four days for installation.
  11. The newest scene, Enchanted Rainbow Forest, has 410 controlled images. This has almost three times the number of images used in “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
  12. Ninety-nine percent of the frames used in Fantasy In Lights are custom designed and built just for Callaway.
  13. To turn on the show, more than 1,000 switches have to be flipped every night. It takes two workers at least 45 minutes to turn them on and another 45 minutes to turn them off at the end of the night
  14. Each scene receives a major overhaul every three to four years. This process includes rewiring and restringing with new lights.
  15. Each January, Fantasy In Lights is stored in a 6,500-square-foot warehouse, where it remains until the elves visit us again in the Fall to begin another year of the show!

Source: http://www.callawaygardens.com

Now, that is impressive, right? We would love for you to join us on this fun Christmas trip.  If you’re an international student and haven’t signed up, we still have about 15 seats available. Stop by the ESL office on the 7th floor of the library tower to reserve your seat and ticket today!

Greetings from the Director

I would like to thank all of you for choosing us for your English language training. It has been a great semester, and we are already half-way through. I hope everyone is happy with his or her classes and enjoying the elective courses and extra-curricular activities the ESL Program offers.

I would like to invite all of our students and teachers to our Thanksgiving dinner, which will be held on the 7th floor of the Library Tower on November 15 at 6:30 p.m. This will be a night with lots of delicious food and fun.

Also, The ESL Office will sponsor a trip to “Fantasy in Lights”, a light and sound show on December 13. We have limited seats available, so if you are interested, please hurry up and sign up for the event in the ESL Office.

On behalf of our ESL instructors and staff, I would like to thanks each of you for being part of our ESL program. We value diversity, and we are very grateful for your cultural contribution to our program and the university.

Gokhan Alkanat

Senior Program Manager for ESL

Halloween Activities

Next week will be full of exciting Halloween activities.  If you want to know more about Halloween click here – What is Halloween?

Halloween Activities Schedule:

Monday, Oct. 29

CAB Halloween Carnival for Kids

      • 5 – 7 p.m., Taylor Center 230
      • For the children of AUM faculty, staff and students


Tuesday, Oct. 30

ESL Pumpkin Carving Contest

      • 2:45 – 5:00 p.m., ESL Room #1, 7th Floor Library Tower

Haunted Library

      • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Library lobby (Sponsored by the AUM Library)

Zombie Fest 2012

      • 5 – 7:30 p.m., Goodwyn Hall
      • Experience the fright from a scholar’s perspective


Wednesday, Oct. 31

ESL Costume Contest

      • 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., ESL Room #2, 7th Floor Library Tower

Haunted House and Halloween Party

      • Warhawk Alley/Taylor Center 230
      • 7 – 9 p.m. Haunted House
      • 7 – 11 p.m. Party