Summer Intensive Language Programs: Intensive language instruction in six languages ranging from elementary to advanced-levels
The program offers a well-rounded curriculum that allows students to acquire and strengthen reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, develop lexical and cultural knowledge of the target language, and develop fluency though an integrated skills-based and content-based approach to learning.
Classes run 4.5 hours per day, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM and 1:00PM to 2:30PM. In addition to the daily in-class work, there is afternoon tutoring, 3-4 hours of homework each night, and co-curriculuar activities.*The demanding nature of this programs requires the students’ full commitment and we strongly discourage participants from working or taking other classes during the course of the program.
The three morning hours make up the Core Component, in which students focus on structural and lexical acquisition and competency through communicative student-centered tasks. This core component is supported by a textbook to help students follow the course curriculum and to further strengthen their skills through self-study out of class. Supplementary materials accompany the text to provide varied and interesting course content.
The afternoon sessions make up the Fluency Component, which offers the student a more topic-driven approach to learning aimed at improving fluency. Content areas relevant to the target culture are introduced as a means to promote discussion and stimulate project-based learning at all levels. Textbooks are not used in the Fluency Component but rather a variety of authentic real-life resources are employed to encourage a holistic understanding of the target language and culture. Critical thinking in the target language is emphasized in this part of the curriculum.
For more information about each of the programs offered, please see the language program descriptions.