ELA Program Holds Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

Featuring everything from turkey, ham and sweet potatoes to cranberry sauce, cornbread and pumpkin pie, the ELA Thanksgiving celebration gave students from more than 15 different countries an opportunity to share in an American holiday tradition while practicing English-speaking skills.

GREENVILLE—Students participating in Pitt Community College’s English Language Acquisition (ELA) program enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this month, complete with turkey, ham, numerous side dishes and a variety of pies for dessert. 

Held Nov. 21 at Greenville’s CrossPointe Church, the annual ELA Thanksgiving celebration was actually a couple of meals – one for students taking part in ELA day classes and another for night students. In all, the student participants represented more than 15 countries, including Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico, Japan, France and Cuba. 

“Attendance at both events was excellent,” said PCC ELA Coordinator Sharon Edwards. “Our students and everybody on hand had a great time getting to know each other and sampling all of the delicious foods prepared by PCC faculty, staff and event volunteers.” 

Edwards said the celebration is a great way to give ELA students an opportunity to practice their English-speaking skills while introducing them to an American holiday tradition. 

“Our Thanksgiving celebration is one of the highlights of the program year for many of our ELA students who don’t know about the American tradition of Thanksgiving,” she said. “Many of them had never eaten turkey, cranberries and stuffing, and most didn’t know about traditions, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, breaking a wishbone for good luck, and watching football.”