ESOL - RS
English for Speakers of Other Languages—Rising Scholars is for students entering grades 7–9
June 27 to August 1, 2020.
For international students who would like to spend the summer improving their English language skills, we offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) levels ranging from beginning to advanced. A test is given at the beginning of the session to ensure each student's placement in the proper level. Classes are designed to provide practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Discussions, skits, role playing, and videotaped performances complement traditional forms of instruction. Numerous class trips to nearby points of interest provide students with an opportunity to learn more about local and U.S. culture while improving their English outside the classroom, and special field trips provide fun learning experiences with the entire group of ESOL students.
Students entering grades 7 through 9 with a record of solid academic performance and good citizenship are encouraged to apply for this program. Each ESOL class averages 10 students, and most have two teachers: the lead teacher brings experience at the secondary or college level, thorough knowledge of the subject, and the ability to work well with middle- and high-school students; the teaching intern is a college senior or recent graduate who knows the field and has demonstrated an interest in teaching.
Students in English for Speakers of Other Languages–RS take one major course that meets for three hours on Monday through Saturday mornings. They also take a sport during the first half of the afternoon and a minor course during the second half of the afternoon, four days per week. Students spend a short period of time for a few days of the summer participating in the work program, doing chores that benefit the community. Each evening except Saturday, a supervised study period is conducted in the dorms and the library to help students develop good study habits. See the daily schedule here.
Playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool, country roads for cycling, and a natural environment give numerous opportunities for recreational activities. In their free time between dinner and the evening study period, students can play sports, study, join in other organized campus activities, or just relax. Weekend activities include dances, movies, and trips to Six Flags amusement park, whitewater rafting, Boston, and other places of interest.