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Special presentations to address intensive English programs, trends in global education

The Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) is bringing two speakers to Ohio University’s Athens Campus for special presentations to faculty, staff and students on Monday, Sept. 18, and Thursday, Sept. 21.

On Monday, Sept. 18, Matt Bazely will give a presentation on “Trends in Global Education, With a Focus on the Opportunities and Challenges They Pose for Intensive English Programs,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room in Baker University Center. The session will include time for questions and answers.

Bazely is the director of the English Language Center and the International Office at Western University in Ontario, Canada. At Western University, he oversees international recruitment, contributes to program design and maintains institutional relationships. Bazely has also taught internationally and worked as an intercultural trainer and consultant.  

On Thursday, Sept. 21, Dr. Scott Stevens and Dr. Barbara Hoekje will give a presentation on “The State of Intensive English Programs and Trends in Education.” This event will also be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room in Baker University Center.

Stevens is the director of the English Language Institute at the University of Delaware. Serving as the director since 1984, Stevens has overseen the development of more than a dozen English for Specific Purpose programs. In addition, he has conducted teacher training at the University of Delaware and around the world. 

Hoekje is the director of Undergraduate Programs in Communication at the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences, where she also serves as an associate professor of communication. Her research interests are in sociolinguistic approaches to second language testing, academic spoken discourse, and issues related to international teaching assistants, international medical graduates and language program administration.

For more information on the presentations or on OPIE, please call 740-593-4575 or send an email to opie@ohio.edu.

This article was provided by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.