(ESL)

ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

"Spoken English is so important because American universities expect students to discuss the academic material in order to achieve academic success."

-University System of Maryland

Advanced Study is for students with a TOEFL score of at least 500 who need added practice, particularly with speaking, and who may want to improve their TOEFL score to help their American university applications. Intermediate Study is for students who have studied English, but need to improve their reading, writing and spoken English before taking the TOEFL. All students enroll for 10 weeks of study that focuses 4-6 hours each day on vocabulary and intensive language training, and spoken English.  Practice is also encouraged at night in supervised study halls before going to bed.  Spoken English is so important because American universities expect students to discuss the academic material in order to achieve academic success.  The teaching environment is demanding, but students learn at their own pace.

Included in all students’ study is a broad understanding of American life and culture that includes classroom instruction and trips to museums, art galleries and many other cultural centers. These trips are accompanied by the teachers who help them through experience in asking directions and questions in stores, placing orders in restaurants, and engaging in conversations almost anywhere.  In addition to local trips, all students participate in longer trips to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland to do sightseeing and get further cultural and historical exposure.

Students are helped with understanding how American university study is organized, and are given individual counsel on how to select universities appropriate for their interests, and how to apply for admission.  Trips to several university campuses will be organized that include meeting with university admissions officers.  All teaching and learning materials are included with the tuition.

Housing for our students

Amenities include:  Fully furnished units (including appliances), gym access, free internet,  24/7 supervision. The housing complex is conveniently located near a variety of local food markets, fast food restaurants and plenty of other food options!

 

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THE FULL STUDENT EXPERIENCE

In all programs, students experience a combination of classroom time with the instructor teaching, instructor drills, computer-based learning and supervised study time. Students will be able to ask questions related to learning English, learning vocabulary, reading comprehension and speaking proficiency.

 


CULTURAL EDUCATION

Culture Exposure will include museum visits, locally and in Washington, D.C. and, Baltimore, Maryland. Also included will be the Maryland Symphony, talk with local artisans and musicians, meet politicians, and learn American history. Students will walk through famous battlegrounds and historic homes, explore short portions of the 2,000+ mile Appalachian Trail and the 500 mile Blue Ridge Parkway, farms, and technical research centers, and get a few thrills with local amusement parks. 

 

 

 

Hagerstown, Maryland

Hagerstown, Maryland is also known as the “Hub City”, because it’s the nucleus to some of Maryland’s prominent Highways and Rail-Roads. Overall, it is a quiet city with a population of approximately 40,000. Downtown is home to the commercial district, which is composed of small offices, residential homes and the University System of Maryland buildings. The downtown area is surrounded by suburban homes and the region’s largest shopping/outlet malls. Close by, there are beautiful rivers, streams, and mountains that are thoroughly appreciated by the locals. Hagerstown is also conveniently close to the nation’s Capitol, along with a few other key cities. Washington, D.C is less than a 2 hour drive, Baltimore, is a little over one hour, Philadelphia is approximately 3 hours away, and New York City is about 4 hours away.

 

 

 

 

 

Instructional Methods  

In all programs, students experience a combination of classroom time with the instructor teaching, instructor drills, computer-based learning, and supervised study time. Students are able to ask questions related to learning English, learn vocabulary, reading comprehension, and speaking proficiency.

 

 

 

International Student Test Prep

Test Preparation for the TOEFl exam is included as part of the English as a Second Language program for both the Advanced and Intermediate Study.  However, Test Preparation for the other admissions tests typically used by American universities are not included with the standard tuition and must be purchased additionally.  Most universities in the United States require the SAT for undergraduate admissions and either the GRE or GMAT for graduate admissions. These tests produce two scores.  The “verbal” score, which isn’t a test of verbal English, but reasoning and analytic ability in written English. And the “math” score, which is generally a test of previous math knowledge. In the case of all standardized admissions tests, they attempt to predict how well a student will do in university study.  The more difficult universities require higher test scores.  If students select to enroll in Test Preparation, it requires 2 hours of direct instruction per day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks.  It is offered at the end of students’ regular ESL classes.  Practice and study at night is also expected.  Practice tests are given often, but the cost of officially taking any exam, except for TOEFL, is an added expense.