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ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages

For students entering grades 7–12 

Available on-campus and virtually

  • Five-week program: On campus: July 1–Aug. 5, 2023. Online: July 3-Aug 4, 2023.

  • Three-week program: On campus: July 1–22, 2023. Online: July 3-21, 2023.

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is for international students who want to improve their English language skills. 

Classes are available for all levels, from beginners to advanced speakers, with three hours of instruction a day, Monday through Friday. (You’ll be placed in the appropriate level based on the results of an English-language placement test.) 

Our experienced ESOL teachers provide personal attention in small classes. In this supportive environment, you’ll find an array of opportunities for growth. You’ll build skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, through group discussions, collaborative skits, role-playing, and presentations. You’ll read novels, write essays, give oral presentations in English, research American culture, and interact with students from all over the world. 

Students in the on-campus program will also select a minor class and take part in a sport in the afternoon.

Alternatively, you may opt for the Leadership, Education, Adventure & Discovery (LEAD) outdoor leadership program in place of the afternoon minor course and sports. LEAD is an all-afternoon program available to all grades from 1-5 pm. On- and off-campus activities include canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, rafting, wildlife tracking/observations, wilderness first aid, and survival skills, along with goal setting, personal reflection, and leadership training. There is an additional charge of $650 (for three-week students) or $995 (for five-week students).

On-campus students will also take part on Saturday mornings in personal development workshops, where you’ll focus on developing skills, social awareness, a sense of community, and self confidence.

View the on-campus daily schedule for our Rising Scholars (for students entering grades 7-9) and College Prep (for students entering grades 10-12) programs.

Students in our virtual ESOL program take classes in the morning only. The afternoon program is not available for online students, with exception of the SAT/SSAT test prep classes which are offered online.

 


ESOL Program Offerings

On-campus Five- or Three-week Options


Morning ESOL Courses

First Period: 8:30–9:45 am 
Second Period: 10:15–11:30 am

Afternoon Options for Grades 7–9 

Period 1: Sports (1- 2:30 pm)

  • Badminton

  • Basketball

  • Dance

  • Fitness & Strength 

  • Training

  • Hiking

  • Running

  • Soccer

  • Swimming

  • Tennis                  

  • Ultimate 

  • Volleyball

  • Yoga

Alternative to Sports: Summer Session Singers (made up of students from both the Rising Scholars and College Prep programs) 

Period 2: Minor Courses (3-4:30 pm)

  • Astronomy

  • Ceramics

  • Community Service

  • Digital Photography

  • Drama

  • Drawing & Painting 

  • Learning Skills & Strategies

  • Practical Economics

  • Public Speaking

  • Renewable Energy

  • Robotics

Afternoon Options for Grades 10-12 

Period 1: Minor Courses (1-2:30 pm)

  • Ceramics

  • Community Service

  • Digital Photography

  • Drama                  

  • Drawing & Painting

  • Public Speaking  

  • Renewable Energy

  • SAT Preparation 

  • Summer Session Singers

Period 2: Sports (3-4:30 pm)

  • Badminton

  • Basketball

  • Dance                

  • Fitness & Strength Training              

  • Hiking          

  • Running                     

  • Soccer

  • Swimming

  • Tennis                

  • Ultimate            

  • Volleyball

  • Yoga

Alternatives to sports:

  • Astronomy (made up of students from both the Rising Scholars and College Prep programs)

  • Robotics (made up of students from both the Rising Scholars and College Prep programs)   

  • SAT Preparation (see Enrichment Programs)

Students may choose to take two minors in the afternoon instead of one minor course and a sport.

Alternatively, you may opt for the Leadership, Education, Adventure & Discovery (LEAD) outdoor leadership program in place of the afternoon minor course and sports. LEAD is an all-afternoon program available to all grades from 1-5 pm. On- and off-campus activities include canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, rafting, wildlife tracking/observations, wilderness first aid, and survival skills, along with goal setting, personal reflection, and leadership training. There is an additional charge of $650 (for three-week students) or $995 (for five-week students).

 

Virtual Five- or Three-week Options

Morning ESOL Class

First Period: 8:30-9:45 am 
Second Period: 10:15-11:30 am

Online students may also enroll in online SAT/SSAT Test Prep classes. 

SAT/SSAT Options:

Afternoon Period 1 (1-2:30 pm)

  • SAT Prep Math and English: Five-week program, four days a week
  • SAT Prep Math and English: Three-week, four days a week

Afternoon Period 2 (3-4:30 pm)

  • SAT Prep Math and English: Five-week program, four days a week
  • SAT Prep Math: Five-week program, Monday and Thursday
  • SAT Prep English: Five-week program, Tuesday and Friday
  • SAT Prep Math and English: Three-week program, four days a week

SAT Prep Weekend,

  • Five-week Program, Saturdays and Sundays, 8-9:30 am

SSAT Prep

  • Three-week program, four days a week, 8-9:30 pm ET

 

 

I woke up every day being thankful for everyone who made this summer experience possible for me. This opportunity definitely helped me broaden my cultural perspective and social and learning skills. It made a difference in my life, and I will always be grateful for it.

 

Questions?

Call 413-498-3290 or email us.