English Language Academy at UW-Whitewater Celebrates 5th Anniversary with International Cheese-Tasting Open House – Wed., 10/16

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s English Language Academy (ELA) is thrilled to announce its five-year anniversary and 5th annual Cheese Tasting Open House. The event will take place at the UW-Whitewater campus on the 4th floor of Heide Hall in Rooms 460 and 466 on Wednesday, October 16th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

International students from China, Japan, Zimbabwe, Italy, Russia, and France will host the interactive, educational event as they offer up Wisconsin cheese along with bits of Wisconsin dairy history and fun facts about select Wisconsin cheese companies.  There will be games, displays, survey results, and an unusual variety of cheese to sample. The public will have the chance to try some specialty cheeses, learn some new information, chat with some of our UW-Whitewater international students, and vote for their favorite cheese.

“The Cheese Tasting is always our most popular event with the campus and by far the most rewarding for our international students,” says Anjie Kokan, ELA instructor and coordinator. “We are especially excited that it’s our five-year anniversary this year, and we are happy to celebrate that with our campus and community through a project-based learning event.”

Brianna Deering, ELA coordinator and Business English teacher for international students adds, “The business students gain the opportunity to research Wisconsin cheese companies, and then they create flyers and displays highlighting the feature cheeses from the companies. It’s a great way to tie business and culture together in an authentic learning environment.”

This year, students from Dr. Rossitza Ivanova’s English US Culture class will be interviewing people in the campus and community prior to the event to establish what kind of cheese is Whitewater’s favorite. The results will be revealed at the Cheese Tasting along with a chance to try Whitewater’s most popular cheese.

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