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Aug. 27, 2003


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TURKISH DELEGATION TO VISIT SUNY OSWEGO

    OSWEGO -- A delegation from two universities in Turkey is scheduled to visit SUNY Oswego Sept. 9 and 10 to explore Oswego's program in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), according to Dr. Walter Opello, Oswego's director of international education.

    The State University of New York as a system is working on dual degree programs in various disciplines with Turkish universities. Campuses at New Paltz and Binghamton have already established such dual degree programs, Opello said.

    Oswego is the only SUNY campus with a TESOL program, making the local campus attractive to Turkish educators who need to train more English teachers.

    "There is a crying need for instruction in English in Turkey. They don't have the capacity to do it all," Opello said.

    Opello visited the Turkish universities in June along with Dr. Jean Ann and Dr. Bruce Peng of Oswego's TESOL program.

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