JU student Emma Riley, began working at the newly established Global Learning Center at the beginning of this semester. Riley feels that there was a real need for the Global Learning Center at Johnson University.
“There was not really a place to showcase, or display, the partnerships we have with other schools in other countries,” Riley said. “We have all sorts of connections all over the world, and there wasn’t really a place to show that.”
The Global Learning Center was officially opened at homecoming, and she feels that more students should know about the role it plays and how they can get involved.
“It is a place to celebrate and promote all of the cultures that we have here on campus,” Riley said.
Placed on the second floor of the PW building, just at the top of the stairs, the Global Learning Center is available to anyone wishing to explore the cultures on campus.
Riley has been working for the past few months to set up weekly language clubs for all interested in learning to speak a language.
“It’s just a place for people to come practice speaking a language in a more immersive and natural setting than a classroom,” she said.
The Spanish language club meets twice a week. They meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday.
The French language club meets at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Chinese language club also meets once a week from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Riley said she wants to encourage the JU student body to become more involved with the language corners.
“Anyone is welcome.” she said. “People with interest in a language, people who are native speakers of the language — you are welcome”