ESLI finishes first spring 2011 session with 16 students

by Spencer McClenty


The English as a Second Language Institute (ESLI) at Jackson State University recently finished its first spring 2011 session with 16 students

Several ESLI students are set to begin their academic programs in the fall

studying at different levels of English proficiency . Seven of these students have been admitted to JSU to start regular academic programs. 

Yasmine Hidouk, who has studied at the ESLI for three sessions beginning in the fall of 2009, is from Algeria. “The ESLI really helped improve my writing, reading, listening comprehension, and speaking skills,” Hidouk said. “I feel more comfortable presenting in an academic environment after studying with ESLI.”

Aspiring musicians Fred Ottley Clovis and Fabienne Fanord, both from Haiti, joined the program in January 2011. They were introduced to the ESLI by Dr. Robert Blaine of the JSU Department of Music. They plan to stay with the ESLI for two more sessions.

Three students from Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia who studied at the ESLI include, Azizbek Esonaliev and Zebinisa Sulaimanova, a married couple who will both be pursuing master’s degrees in political science, and their friend Aziz Akbalaev, who will be pursuing a master’s in business administration. The three students plan on joining their programs in the fall.

Finally, Jeonga Park from South Korea will be pursuing her master’s in business administration in the fall as well. Park’s brother, Jung Ho Park, also studied in the ESLI program in 2007-2008.

 The English as a Second Language Institute offers five 8-week courses per year. Each session starts with the orientation on the first day with a written placement test and an oral interview. The program, which delivers quality intensive English instruction for international students, accommodates students from beginning to advanced language proficiency and is administrated by a professional, experienced faculty dedicated to providing instruction via proven methodology.

For more information about the English as a Second Language Institute, please contact Oksana Mahecha at 601-979-3793 or


One thought on “ESLI finishes first spring 2011 session with 16 students

  1. This is a great story and I hope to hear more like it as JSU opens its doors even wider to the world community. Welcome to Jackson State and study hard!

    Quinton L. Williams

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