By Julio Sanchez
Witches, a dinosaur and several superheroes were all in attendance at the first ever English as a Second Language Club Halloween party Friday.
The party took place in the Multipurpose Room from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. It was a family friendly event that had activities like a costume contest as well as a DJ and free tacos.
The ESL club has been a part of East Los Angeles College for almost a decade and was started in the summer of 2008 by professor Khetan Dahi and a few ESL students. Since then, the club’s vision prioritized in creating a place for ESL and international students to have a more comfortable college experience.
President Dimitry Li of the ESL club was born in Central Asia. He said that the party was intended for club members and international students to experience the festivities and customs of other cultures, while at the same time, stepping out of their comfort zone.
“Many members are from another country and haven’t experienced many parties while in the states,” Li said. “For some of them, this is really exciting because this is their first time celebrating Halloween, putting on costumes and tasting tacos.”
The club has about 153 members, and about 80 percent of them are international students from countries such as China, Taiwan, Peru, Russia and Kazakhstan.
Board member and Vice President of the club, Zhenni Li is an international student that was born in South Africa and is now in the United States for the first time and attends ELAC. “Because we’re all from ESL, our purpose is to come together,” Zhenni said.
“In our trips and events we speak and practice our English, learn more about American culture and also make more friends.”
The ESL club meets every Tuesday in E3-321from noon to 1:30 p.m.